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August 2012
US campaigners need your help to lobby Clinton ahead of UN DU vote

US campaigners from ICBUW and WILPF have launched an online petition which calls for the US to stop opposing depleted uranium resolutions at the UN and are urging supporters to sign-up online.

 

July 2012
CADU challenges flawed UK legal review of depleted uranium munitions

In 2011, CADU found that the UK MoD had misled parliamentarians and civil society over the legality of the UK's CHARM3 tank ammunition. Here CADU responds to a ministerial statement made following completion of the review.
ICBUW Science Team member wins Nuclear Free Future Award
ICBUW’s Dr Katsumi Furitsu is among the five winners of 2012’s Nuclear Free Future Awards for her work on publicising the impact of the Fukushima disaster.

 

June 2012
National MPs block New Zealand depleted uranium bill at first reading

Campaigners and opposition MPs have criticised members of New Zealand’s ruling party for voting en masse against legislation calling for a national ban on depleted uranium weapons during the draft bill’s first reading
Open letter to Members of the New Zealand Parliament/Pāremata Aotearoa

Some MPs have voiced objections to supporting Phil Twyford’s Depleted Uranium (Prohibition) Bill. ICBUW has published this open letter to respond to their concerns and to explain why precautionary action on these weapons is both scientifically and morally justified.
ACTION - Kiwis - contact your MPs over NZ depleted uranium ban bill

ICBUW is calling on New Zealanders to urgently contact their MPs to ask them to support legislation for a national ban on depleted uranium weapons The rescheduled first reading will now take place on Wednesday 27th June.

 

April 2012
Toxic Remnants of War Project Launched

A research project seeking to assess the health and environmental impact of toxic substances released during military activities has been launched by the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW) and IKV Pax Christi.

 

March 2012
Iraq congenital birth defect survey to begin in April

The World Health Organisation and the Iraqi Ministry of Health are set to begin work on a pilot assessment of congenital birth defects in six Iraqi governorates.

 

February 2012
UK campaigners call on MoD to publicly release depleted uranium legal review

Following the revelation that the Ministry of Defence had been misleading MPs and campaigners over the legal status of the UK's CHARM3 DU munitions, the UK Uranium Weapons Network has formally requested that the new review be made public.
A Review of Depleted Uranium Biological Effects: In Vitro Studies
Presentation by Dr Alexandra Miller of the US Armed Forces Radiobiology research Institute (AFRRI) compiling in vitro research by AFRRI and others into biological effects of depleted uranium exposure.
Pressure grows for increased transparency over France’s depleted uranium testing range
In response to local concerns over the environmental and health impact of depleted uranium testing at Bourges, France, the General Council of the Department of Cher has passed a resolution calling for greater transparency and a moratorium on testing.

 

November 2011
UK minister misled parliamentarians over depleted uranium legal review

The UK's armed forces minister has been forced to apologise over misleading statements he made regarding the legality and dangers of depleted uranium (DU) weapons.
Responsibility for 20 years of depleted uranium contamination dumped on MoD’s doorstep
LONDON: Campaigners today reminded the UK of its responsibility for 2.3 tonnes of depleted uranium contamination in Iraq and Kuwait with an action on the MoD’s doorstep.
Scotland: anger as depleted uranium shells to be test-fired again

HIGHLY controversial depleted uranium shells are set to be test-fired in Scotland again, the Sunday Herald has learned. First published in the Sunday Herald by Rob Edwards.
Message from UN Secretary General

Message on The International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War And Armed Conflict

 

October 2011
MPs call on UK not to renew its depleted uranium weapons

Parliamentarians have submitted a motion calling for the UK MoD to abandon plans to renew its last remaining depleted uranium round.

 

September 2011
Intl Day of Action against DU 2011 - call for events

Sunday November 6th is the International Day of Action against Depleted Uranium Weapons. It also happens to be the United Nations' Day for Prevention of the Exploitation of the Environment during Wars and Armed Conflicts: http://www.un.org/en/events/environmentconflictday
Two decades of uncontrolled contamination

It is 20 years since the first major use of depleted uranium munitions in the 1991 Gulf War, which resulted in significant contamination in areas of Iraq and Kuwait. Two decades on and in spite of a global outcry against their use, the controversial armour-piercing weapons, fired from armoured vehicles and aircraft, are still employed or stockpiled by around 20 states.

June 2011
Depleted uranium documentary wins best short at International Uranium Film Festival

Costa Rican production: URANIUM 238 - The Pentagon´s Dirty Pool wins best short film category of the First International Uranium Film Festival which ended Saturday night (28th of May 2011) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 

May 2011
Prof. Dr. Albrecht Walter Schott: 1932 - †2011

ICBUW has been saddened to learn of the death of Professor Albrecht Schott. Prof. Schott was the Director of the World Depleted Uranium Centre (WoDUC), based in Berlin, Germany.

 

April 2011
Costa Rica bans depleted uranium weapons

Landmark domestic legislation makes Costa Rica the second country to pass a national ban
Fallujah siege

Following a lengthy Freedom of Information process, the US has claimed that no depleted uranium weapons were used in the Iraqi city of Fallujah during Operation Phantom Fury in November and December 2004. However, it has also revealed that no records were kept on the use of the weapons in Fallujah prior to July 2004.
UK: allies free to use depleted uranium in Libya if they wish

UK Defence Minister Dr Liam Fox says UK use of DU in Libya unlikely but says that allies are free to use it if they wish to.
ICBUW's view on depleted uranium in cruise missiles and Tomahawks

Claims that DU is used in missiles still appear to lack foundation. Claims that DU is used in missiles still appear to lack foundation.
Dutch Parliamentarians call for transparency over possible depleted uranium use in Libya

The Dutch Labour and Socialist Parties have demanded transparency from the Dutch government over the possible use by the US of depleted uranium weapons in Operation ‘Unified Protector’
US denies depleted uranium use in Libya, but refuses to rule out future use

Air Force Spokeswoman claims that A-10s were not loaded with DU ammunition, but does not rule out future use in the conflict.
Belgian Defence Minister won't question US on depleted uranium use in Libya

A Belgian Green party MP has quizzed the Belgian Defence Minister on whether Belgium - the first country in the world to ban depleted uranium weapons - will question the US over its possible use of depleted uranium in Libya. The short answer: no.

March 2011
UK campaigners issue joint statement on use of depleted uranium in Libya

The UK Uranium Weapons Network and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament today issued a joint statement of concern over the possible use of depleted uranium in Libya.
Concern grows over possible use of depleted uranium in Libya

The likelihood of DU use in Libya has now increased following the deployment and use of A-10 and Harrier AV-8B aircraft. ICBUW calls for pressure to be brought on the US to clarify the situation, and to put DU ammunition beyond use.
Message to the people of Japan from ICBUW on the Eastern Japan Great Earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima disaster

Members of the Steering Committee of the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW) joining together from several continents, meeting in Manchester, England, send our heartfelt sympathy to the Japanese people, affected by a triple tragedy - an earthquake, tsunami and the human made disaster of a nuclear crisis.
Statement on the potential use of depleted uranium in Libya

At the time of writing there is no definitive evidence that depleted uranium munitions have been used in joint US, UK, French and Italian attacks on Libya. However there is potential for them to be used and ICBUW reminds belligerents of their obligations under IHL. The statement is available in English, Italian and French.
German government responds to Green Party questions on depleted uranium weapons

German government claims that military had no information to suggest depleted uranium use in Afghanistan as they reject calls for an EU moratorium and domestic ban.
UK Ministry of Defence: depleted uranium is not ‘safe’

Britain’s Defence Minister Dr Liam Fox has acknowledged that the MoD does not consider that depleted uranium weapons are 'safe' but denies that they have any health or environmental impact.

 

February 2011
Belgian MP asks government for clarity over US depleted uranium shipments

Belgian politician and depleted uranium ban advocate Dirk Van der Maelen has written to the Foreign Minister for clarification over possible breaches of Belgium’s uranium weapons ban after Wikileaks revealed that government officials had downplayed the importance of the legislation to US officials.
New US bill aims to ensure identification and health testing of veterans

Campaigners have called for support for a new bill that seeks to identify members of the US armed force, who may have been exposed to depleted uranium and which aims to ensure health monitoring for veterans.
New animated short on DU: When the Dust Settles

ICBUW and IKV Pax Christi have been working on a joint project to create an animated short film on the hazards of depleted uranium and the international campaign against its use and are happy to announce that the English language version has now been completed.
WIKILEAKS: Belgian government told US that depleted uranium ban did not cover Antwerp shipments

A series of leaked US cables has revealed that Belgium's government assured the US that the country's domestic ban would not apply to US shipments through Antwerp following anger at the passage of the law.

 

January  2011
France claims depleted uranium fears unfounded as it seeks alternatives

The French Ministry of Defence has responded to a parliamentary question by seeking to dismiss concerns over the use of depleted uranium – even as it seeks alternative materials. 
Budget cuts and environmental concerns put UK depleted uranium upgrade out of the picture

Military periodical Jane’s International Defence Review reports that the UK is unlikely to replace or upgrade its depleted uranium ammunition in the foreseeable future.

 

December 2010
Norwegian Foreign Minister makes statement on depleted uranium

Norway’s Foreign Minister calls for user transparency and continued research into the potential impact of depleted uranium weapons during a discussion on the issue in the Norwegian parliament.
148 states call for transparency over depleted uranium use in UN vote
148 states support a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling on state users of depleted uranium weapons to reveal where the weapons have been fired when asked to do so by affected countries.

 

November 2010
UK parliamentarians from across political spectrum call on government to support UN depleted uranium resolution

Parliamentarians from all the main UK parties have publish a letter in The Telegraph newspaper calling on the government to abstain or vote in favour in December’s UN General Assembly vote on a resolution calling for transparency from DU users.
Irish depleted uranium ban bill sails through Senate with cross party support
A Private Members Bill that would ban all weapons containing depleted uranium in Ireland passes through the upper house – making it only the second time a Private Members Bill has done so. The bill will now be considered by the parliament’s lower house.
UK Network response to Ministry of Defence's justification for UK's UN vote
A statement from the UK Ministry of Defence seeking to justify the UK's 'no vote' over depleted uranium transparency at the UN First Committee is littered with unpersuasive arguments and short on evidence according to the UK Uranium Weapons Network.
Depleted uranium questions asked in French parliament
As campaigners seek to draw attention to France's ongoing stockpiling of depleted uranium munitions, Deputie M. Jean-Luc Warsmann of the majority Union pour un Mouvement Populaire has submits two questions on the issue to the government.
Depleted uranium Motion tabled in Scottish Parliament
Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) submit a motion calling on the UK government to abstain or vote in favour when the UN General Assembly considers the new resolution on depleted uranium weapons.
Leaked US files show how uranium weapons have caused problems for EOD teams
The Iraqi War Logs, released on the Wikileaks website, show that the presence in Iraq of munitions containing DU causes difficulties for US troops.

 

October 2010
UN First Committee sends clear message to depleted uranium users over transparency

The United Nations First Committee votes, by an overwhelming margin, for state users of depleted uranium weapons to release data on where the weapons have been used to the governments of affected states when requested to do so.
New report on depleted uranium weapons published by UN Secretary General
Ahead of the December vote in the UN General Assembly, the UN Secretary General published a second report on uranium weapons. The report compiled responses from countries and UN agencies in response to a request in the 2008 General Assembly resolution
UK parliamentarians submit motion calling for government to support UN resolution on depleted uranium weapons
Members of Parliament from the three largest UK political parties submit an Early Day Motion (EDM) that calls on the UK government to support a resolution calling for transparency from DU users that has been tabled at the UN.
United Nations considers new resolution calling for transparency from depleted uranium users
A resolution submitted to the United Nations First Committee calls on depleted uranium users to reveal quantitative and geographical data on their historical use of the weapons to affected states.
New report on depleted uranium weapons published by UN Secretary General
Ahead of the forthcoming vote in the UN General Assembly, the UN Secretary General publishes a second report on uranium weapons. The report compiles responses from countries and UN agencies in response to a request in the 2008 General Assembly resolution
MEPs call on EU states to support a new UN resolution on depleted uranium
Parliamentarians from across Europe sign a letter to EU member states urging them to support a third UN resolution on depleted uranium weapons.

 

September 2010
New Zealand DU ban bill introduced into parliament

Phil Twyford MP's draft bill for a ban on depleted uranium weapons in New Zealand is introduced to parliament.

 

July 2010
ICBUW calls for transparency over depleted uranium use

Humanitarian concerns over health problems in Fallujah renew calls for full disclosure from depleted uranium users.
UK Uranium Weapons Network submits evidence to Iraq War Inquiry
The UK Uranium Weapons Network (UWN) submits a report on British military use of depleted uranium (DU) ammunition in the 2003 Iraq War to the 'Chilcot' Iraq War Inquiry.

 

June 2010
European Parliament recommends that Council of Ministers supports action on depleted uranium at 2010 General Assembly.

The European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee urges Europe's Council of Ministers - the principal decision-making institution on Security and Foreign Policy matters of the European Union - to support EU work towards controls on depleted uranium weapons at the United Nations 65th Session.
ICBUW launches new discussion paper in preparation for UN First Committee
ICBUW launches a new discussion paper focusing on the post conflict management of uranium weapons and its implications for DU users.
German coalition launches with call for government to work towards global treaty ban
German NGOs launch a domestic coalition to campaign against uranium weapons following a meeting in Berlin.

 

April 2010
Dr Avril Mcdonald - 1965-†2010

ICBUW is shocked to learn of the sudden and untimely death of IHL specialist Dr Avril McDonald.
UK Election 2010: party positions on depleted uranium weapons
The UK Uranium Weapon Network canvasses the main UK political parties to see where they stand on the issue of depleted uranium weapons.

 

March 2010
UK MPs accuse US military of human rights atrocity over use of toxic munitions in Fallujah
In a sign of growing disquiet at the continuing media reports of a health crisis in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, British MPs submit a parliamentary motion accusing the US military of a human rights atrocity
Irish depleted uranium ban bill gets warm reception at second reading
A draft bill that would ban the use of uranium in all non-nuclear weapons in Ireland receives a positive cross-party response from Senators during its Second Stage reading in the Irish Senate.

 

February 2010
Costa Rica ban production of depleted uranium weapons in their free trade zones
Costa Rica sets a global precedent by introducing legislation banning the manufacture of uranium weapons in their Zonas Francas, or Free Trade Zones.

 

January 2010
US set to discontinue depleted uranium in medium calibre ammunition
ICBUW reveals that the United States is seeking alternatives to depleted uranium for the future development and production of medium calibre bullets for its armed forces, although US government sources decline to confirm the reasons behind the decision.

 

December 2009
Irish depleted uranium ban bill up for consideration in early 2010
It is announced that a bill that would ban the use of uranium weapons and armour in Ireland will be discussed early in 2010. Similar bills are under discussion in Costa Rica and New Zealand following Belgium’s decision to ban the weapons in June 2009.
Italian court rules that Ministry of Defence failed to protect Balkan peacekeepers
A tribunal in Rome rules that the Italian Ministry of Defence failed to adequately protect its troops from the hazards posed by exposure to depleted uranium munitions in Kosovo.

 

November 2009
Netherlands Parliament approves motion for a moratorium on depleted uranium weapons

A majority in the Second Chamber of the Parliament in the Netherlands votes in favour of a motion that seeks a temporary suspension on the military use of weapons systems that contain depleted uranium and heavy metals.
ICBUW sends an open letter to the WHO
ICBUW responds to the ongoing concern over the WHO's stance on the potential health impact of uranium weapons by sending an open letter to Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of the WHO.
Growing concern over humanitarian situation in Fallujah
ICBUW calls on the US and the UN to seek to clarify what type of munitions were used during the siege of Fallujah after local doctors report hige rise in birth defects.
Kiwi MP submits Members Bill calling for depleted uranium ban
New Zealand parliamentarian Phil Twyford submits a bill calling for a domestic ban on the use of uranium in all conventional munitions and armour within New Zealand and by its military.
University of Vermont divests from cluster munition and depleted uranium manufacturers

University of Vermont divests from cluster munition and depleted uranium manufacturers
After a year of discussions, university's Board of Trustees vote to divest from clusters and uranium weapons.
Nordic NGO conference on DU releases resolution
Regional governments requested to begin working towards domestic and international legislation on uranium weapons.

 

September 2009
Parlatino calls for a moratorium on uranium weapons
A Costa Rican politician leads the push for regional action on depleted uranium weapons in the Latin American Parliament as the Human Rights Committee accepts a wide-ranging resolution.
British jury rules that DU was likely cause of dead Gulf Veteran's colon cancer
In a landmark ruling, an inquest jury rules that exposure to depleted uranium in the 1991 Gulf War was the likely cause of the colon cancer that killed British veteran Stuart Dyson, in June 2008.
Dave Cullen joins ICBUW as its new researcher
After a lengthy recruitment process, ICBUW introduces its new staff member, Researcher Dave Cullen: a position funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
ICBUW launches itself on the micro-blogging site Twitter

 

July 2009
The Belgian parliament votes unanimously to ban depleted uranium weapon investments

On the 2nd of July, the Belgian Parliament unanimously approves a law forbidding the financing of the manufacture, use and possession of depleted uranium weapons.
Greek NGOs appeal to parliamentarians to support uranium weapon ban
Following the passage of Belgium's domestic ban, campaigners in Greece call on their government to follow suit with similar legislation.
Parliamentary report reveals that New Zealand's military supports DU ban
A report by the New Zealand Parliament's Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee reveals that the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is against the use of uranium weapons by its allies in joint operations but stops short of supporting a domestic ban.
US Army think tank urges Army Secretariat to accelerate search for alternatives to DU
It emerges that a think tank that issues recommendations to the US Army over ways to mitigate its environmental impact has urged planners to accelerate the search for alternatives due to the growing international opposition to depleted uranium weapons.
German Bundeswehr manual challenges US and UK denials over depleted uranium in Afghanistan
A classified German Army manual throws doubt over US and UK assurances that no depleted uranium munitions have been used in Afghanistan.
Basrah Epidemiology Study team meets in Turkey
Members of ICBUW and IPPNW-Germany meet with experts from the Basrah Cancer Research Group (BCRG) in Istanbul, Turkey for an update on the activities of an epidemiological study project in Basrah and to discuss future research plans, which will be funded partly by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

June 2009
UK Uranium Weapons Network launched as Belgium becomes first country to ban depleted uranium weapons

June 21st marks the passage into force of Belgium’s 2007 decision to ban the use of uranium in all conventional weapons and armour after a series of unanimous parliamentary votes and a ban on all government investments in the manufacturers of the weapons.
Dutch NGO IKV Pax Christi launch Time for Clarity - a report on uranium weapons
Time for Clarity calls on the Dutch government to implement a moratorium on uranium weapons and release money for studies into their health and environmental impact.

 

May 2009
DU exhibition opens at Berlin's Anti-War Museum

German campaigners produce Germany's first major exhibition on uranium weapons in Berlin.

 

April 2009
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs agrees to fund ICBUW research projects

The Norwegian government agrees to fund three ICBUW research projects in an effort to increase the international community’s understanding of the impact and proliferation of uranium weapons.
Scottish politicians come under pressure to support EU uranium weapon moratorium
The Scottish government comes under mounting pressure to back an international ban on the use of depleted uranium (DU) in weapons.
Belgian Senate approves prohibition on financing of depleted uranium weapons
Belgium’s Senate vote to ban the financing of companies that manufacture or sell uranium weapons, in a move that will complement the country’s imminent ban on their manufacture, testing, use, sale and stockpiling that will come into force on June 20th 2009.

 

March 2009
Costa Rica to ban depleted uranium weapons

President of the Latin American Parliament’s Human Rights Commission and member of Costa Rica’s legislative assembly Alexander Mora Mora releases a draft for a comprehensive ban on uranium weapons in Costa Rica.
Latin American Conference on Uranium Weapons
Two day conference in San Jose, Costa Rica looks at all aspects of uranium weapons. Topics include uranium weapon contamination on US ranges in Panama, sick Italian veterans and plans for a domestic ban in Costa Rica.
Parlatino considers depleted uranium weapon ban
The Latin American Parliament considers a resolution on uranium weapons after Costa Rican parliamentarian Alexander Mora Mora introduces his draft law proposal at a meeting in Buenos Aires.

 

February 2009
UK Co-operative Bank ceases all investment in DU weapon manufacturers

Co-op becomes the first UK bank to cease investments in DU weapon manufacturers, classifying uranium weapons along with cluster bombs as indiscriminate.
Human Cost of Uranium Weapons Exhibition in Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh.
The Campaign Against Depleted Uranium (CADU) and ICBUW hold an exhibition and seminar in the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. The events are sponsored by two MSPs Patrick Harvie (Greens) and Alasdair Morgan (Scottish Nationalist Party) and funded by the Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust.

 

January 2009
€30m veterans’ DU compensation package approved by Italian Cabinet

Italian compensation package agreed after Ministry of Defence convinces government of link between ill health and DU exposure. Health survey of personnel who served overseas is to follow.

 

December 2008
141 states support second uranium weapons resolution in UN General Assembly vote

The United Nations General Assembly passes, by a huge majority, a resolution requesting its agencies to update their positions on the health and environmental effects of uranium weapons.

 

November 2008
Nordic Network Against Uranium Weapons established in Oslo

The network aims to coordinate campaigns against uranium weapons in all five Nordic countries and share skills and experience.

 

October 2008
ICBUW in New York

ICBUW members visit New York to meet with state delegations and run a workshop in the United Nations ahead of a second resolution on uranium weapons.
United Nations First Committee overwhelmingly backs new uranium weapons resolution
127 states back a second resolution highlighting health concerns over the use of uranium in conventional weapons. Several key states including Norway, the Netherlands and Finland change their positions to back the resolution. The resolution calls the IAEA, WHO and UNEP to update their positions on DU by 2010.

 

September 2008
UN Secretary General publishes report on DU weapons

In response to 2007's General Assembly Resolution, the UN Secretary General published a report on the use of uranium weapons. The report contains the opinions of 19 states plus those of the IAEA, WHO and UNEP. States were split 50/50 on the issue with several calling for an outright ban. NATO members Germany, Spain and the Netherlands didn't.

 

August 2008
New Zealand Parliament's Select Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade takes evidence on the DU issue

Anti-DU champion and Belgian member of Parliament Dirk Van der Maelen presents evidence on all aspects of the DU issue, including the health and environmental effects, science, interoperability with militaries that use DU weapons, the relationship to the campaign for a treaty prohibiting DU, the politics of national prohibitions on DU, parallels with the cluster munitions and landmine campaigns, the role of parliamentarians and the latest on the Belgian ban on DU weapons.

 

April 2008
ICBUW at the United Nations in Geneva

ICBUW and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom run a workshop for delegations at the UN; 26 states participate in: ‘Toward a Uranium Weapons Treaty', while others attend an informal working group to discuss practical solutions to the problem.

 

March 2008
Costa Rican politicians seek domestic ban

Costa Rica's National Liberation Party begins work on a draft law proposal to ban uranium weapons in Costa Rica. Plans are made to organise an international conference on uranium weapons in San José with a focus on Latin American states.
DU Ban Petition submitted to New Zealand House of Representatives
New Zealand NGOs begin work on a campaign to see New Zealand following in Belgium's footsteps with a domestic ban on uranium weapons; they are encouraged by New Zealand's support of the Oslo Process on cluster munitions.

 

February 2008
Dutch Commission on Defence hears evidence of DU's harm

After a hearing on the effects on DU weapons in the Second Chamber in Den Haag, the Dutch Parliament agrees to discuss the investigation into contaminated Italian veterans. Witnesses include Dr Keith Baverstock and campaigners Henk van der Keur and John La Forge.
Finnish Minister of Foreign Affairs acknowledges need for uranium weapons treaty
"The government is well aware of the health and environmental effects of the use of weapons containing depleted uranium and does not see any reason to underestimate problems connected with uranium weapons. On the contrary, the government considers tackling the negative effects of uranium weapons important and considers a ban on weapons containing depleted uranium an important goal."
European Parliament establishes a DU Working Group
Cross party committee set up to try and tackle the DU problem, several questions are submitted to the European Commission and Council, work begins on a wide-ranging resolution requesting a global DU ban.
UK politicians and NGOs condemn renewed DU test firing
The Scottish Environment Minister and Green and Scottish Nationalist Members of the Scottish Parliament join forces to condemn the UK Ministry of Defence’s decision to renew uranium weapon testing at its firing range near Dundrennan on the Solway Firth in southern Scotland. During the five days of testing it emerges that the UK's ageing DU ammunition has past its reliable usage date.

 

December 2007
UN General Assembly passes DU resolution

On December 5th, 136 countries vote in favour of a resolution highlighting serious health concerns over the use of depleted uranium weapons.
Joint Communiqué by Scientists
69 prominent scientists from around the world sign a communiqué voicing concern over the use of DU weapons in response to the General Assembly resolution
Japanese NGOs lobby the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo
Earlier in the year, 129 NGOs and 563 individuals from across Japan submit a letter requesting a total ban on DU, research into areas affected by its use and support for victims. The Ministry responds: “We might consider some new factors to work on this issue, though we are still in the early stages of planning any activities.”
Italy agrees to the first ever wide scale compensation package for DU contaminated veterans
In early December, the Italian Ministry of Defence gives evidence to the Italian parliament for a second time over concerns about the level of cancers in Italian troops and peacekeepers. The Commission on DU, based in the Senate, hears that the latest estimate of cancer victims has risen to 77 dead and 312 ill. Public pressure results in a 170 million Euro compensation package for veterans suffering from post-conflict illnesses

 

November 2007
UN First Committee passes DU resolution in landslide vote

The resolution entitled 'Effects of the use of armaments and ammunitions containing depleted uranium' is passed by 122 votes to six at the UN First Committee in New York; with 35 abstentions. The resolution urges UN member states to re-examine the health hazards posed by the use of uranium weapons.
International Day of Action
On November 6th ICBUW member organizations launch a global disinvestment campaign against investments by high street banks and investment companies around the world in the manufacturers of uranium weapons. Actions take place at banks worldwide.
Vice-President of the European Parliament again calls for tougher EU action on DU
"The European Union should set an example for the International Community for a worldwide moratorium on Uranium weapons” urges Luisa Morgantini, Vice-President of the European Parliament.
Researchers identify DU contamination in US civilians 20 years after exposure
Prof. Randall Parrish and his team from the University of Leicester, UK, find high levels of DU contamination in residents and workers near a metals smelting plant in the town of Colonie, upstate New York.
ICBUW launches on Facebook
ICBUW launches a campaigning page on the social networking site Facebook.

 

October 2007
Uranium Weapons: Contributing to a Dangerous World

ICBUW holds a two-day conference at the UN Church Centre in New York. Speakers from across the world deliver the latest information on domestic campaigns, scientific research and legal arguments in favour of a ban. Coalition members follow the event with meetings with state delegations.

 

September 2007
His Holiness the Dalai Lama Backs Uranium Weapons Ban

The Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists gives his support for ICBUW's campaign for a global ban on uranium weapons.

 

May 2007
The Human Cost of Uranium Weapons Photo Exhibition

ICBUW and the Greens/EFA Group in the European parliament hold a photo exhibition by Naomi Toyoda in the European Parliament in Brussels.
Vice-President of European Parliament calls on Italy to ban uranium weapons
Luisa Morgantini MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament, calls on the Italian government to ban uranium weapons.

 

March 2007
Belgium Bans Uranium Weapons and Armour

They were first with land mines, first with cluster bombs, Belgium becomes the first country in the world to ban uranium weapons.
ICBUW seminar at the UN in Geneva
ICBUW and WILPF hold a well-attended lunchtime seminar in the UN in Geneva entitled: Working for a Ban on Uranium Munitions.
ICBUW in Costa Rica
At the end of March ICBUW representatives Damacio Lopez and US Veteran Herbert Reed visited Costa Rica for a series of high-level talks with the government of the Central American state.

 

January 2007
EUROMIL - The European Military Union Call For Global DU Ban

EUROMIL strongly urges governments to ban the use of DU weapons and to use their influence to appeal to their worldwide partners to abandon the use of uranium weapons.

 

November 2006
European Parliament Makes Fourth Call for DU Ban

The European Parliament adopts a resolution in which they call: "upon the EU and its Member States to work hard to ensure that the scope of Protocol III to the CCW on Incendiary Weapons is expanded in order to prevent the further use of white phosphorus shells against military and civilian targets and to stop the use of (depleted) uranium warheads;"(paragr.11)
ICBUW submits report on DU to the United Nations
ICBUW uses the occasion of the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflicts to urge the U.N. to consider a ban on uranium weapons, specifically depleted uranium weapons, which have been used in at least four wars and most recently in urban areas in the Iraq War of 2003.
Hearing held in Belgian Parliament
Members of the Kamer Defence Commission hear evidence from Dr. Keith Baverstock (University of Kuopio, Finland), Henk Van der Keur (Laka Foundation), Sylvano Faccin (Mecar), on the long term consequences of the use of depleted uranium weapons. It goes on to catalyse the Belgian domestic ban on uranium weapons.
Finnish lobbying begins
Following the IPPNW World Congress where DU features heavily, Finnish campaigners begin lobbying their government over DU.

 

August 2006
Third International Conference held in Hiroshima

The 3rd ICBUW International Conference is held in Hiroshima between August 3rd-6th. More than 1000 participants, including more than 40 people from 12 different countries and many more from all over Japan, attend the proceedings.

 

November 2005
European Parliament Makes Third Call For Moratorium On Uranium Weapons

On the 17th November 2005, the European Parliament issue, for the third time, a call for a moratorium on the use of so-called ‘depleted’ uranium munitions.

 

June 2005
International Conference to Ban Uranium Weapons in the European Parliament in Brussels

ICBUW organises an international conference in the European Parliament in Brussels. Members of Parliament and scientists participate in a debate and workshops.