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Hiroshima Appeal to Ban Uranium Weapons
The 3rd ICBUW International Conference
August 6th, 2006
We have gathered in Hiroshima from across the world to demand, together with
the victims, a total ban on uranium weapons. Meeting in this city, we have
shared the sorrow, loss and hope of the people of Hiroshima and the
Hibakusha, atomic bomb survivors, for a world free from war and suffering
In Hiroshima, we have listened to victims from four continents who have
suffered because of uranium weapons. From mine to battlefield, uranium
products have been implicated in a trail of illness, environmental
destruction and death. Claims by the nuclear industry and the military that
low-level radiation is not harmful to human health must be rigorously
We call on scientists from all backgrounds to assist in assessing the
associated with the chemical and radiological toxicity of uranium. Its
properties when aerosolized are a hazard to human health and the
We strongly condemn the United States and United Kingdom, whose armed forces
have used large quantities of uranium weapons in Iraq and the Balkans. ICBUW
are also alarmed by growing evidence that uranium munitions may have been
used in both Lebanon and Afghanistan.
Furthermore, we call on Japan and other countries to withdraw their support
for military activity whenever and wherever uranium weapons are deployed.
We call on the media around the world, especially in the US and UK, to
investigate the issue of uranium weapons. It is imperative that they inform
citizens about the issue, and the global abolition movement.
The use of uranium weapons is illegal under international humanitarian,
rights and environmental law. The United Nations Human Rights Sub-Committee
has condemned them, like nuclear, chemical and cluster munitions, as:
of indiscriminate destruction, with long-term consequences for the
environment, human health and life, causing civilian suffering for years
after the cessation of hostilities. In light of this ruling, and a growing
body of compelling scientific research, we support an adherence to the
Precautionary Principle, and will use each and every legal tool and
instrument at our disposal to secure the full implementation of a complete
and lasting ban.
ICBUW will move forward in solidarity with environmental, disarmament,
anti-nuclear, human rights and peace movements from across the globe; and
will back Japanese moves to support Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution,
which demands peaceful coexistence and non-aggression.
We reiterate our support for ICBUW's Mission Statement, which calls for:
i) An immediate and universal ban on the military use of uranium and other
ii) The cleaning up of all sites contaminated by these weapons with
compensation for all affected populations.
iii) A halt to the production, testing, sale, stockpiling, transport and
export of these weapons and a decommissioning of all existing stockpiles.
iv) The immediate medical assessment, treatment and long term monitoring of
all those who have been exposed to uranium weaponry.
v) The full disclosure of all locations where uranium weapons have been used
as well as the amounts of uranium involved.
vi) Financial support from organisations and individuals to provide
independent medical and environmental investigations in affected countries.
vii) Finally, we call on governments to exclude their troops from alliance
with any government that uses uranium munitions.
Viii) Conclusion of a Convention for Total Ban of Uranium Weapons
We, the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons, call on the global
community to sign our international petition and participate in the
International Day of Action to Ban Uranium Weapons on November 6th. We also
call on the international community to act now to support our campaign to
prevent the continued chemical and radiological contamination of this, our
shared Earth and our shared future.