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Press statement of PSR/IPPNW Switzerland

Global toll of the nuclear industry and uranium exploitation

Press Statement « Nuclearisation of Africa » Symposium 19. Nov 2015


There is a clear global downtrend in the civil use of nuclear power, as documented by the annual World Nuclear Industry Status Report and as discussed at the international Symposium on « Nuclearisation of Africa » concluded on the 19th of November in Johannesburg. Testimonies by participants from Niger spoke about the heavy toll of the 40 years exploitation of Uranium in their country.

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Overcoming War and Terror

Terrorist Attacks in Paris

Paris: Soliarität mit den Opfern, Grafik: Campact e.V.11/18/2015 

The physicians peace organisation, IPPNW is deeply shocked and appalled by the murderous hate of the Paris assassins. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the victims and their families. In view of the terror in Europe, we also remember the victims in Beirut, the Airbus crash over the Sinai desert and those in Ankara as well as the the untold dead and injured in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya. After the terror attacks in Paris, we appeal to the German government, not to answer violence with violence and in so doing, restrict basic liberties.

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IPPNW Board of Directors hold a minute's silence

London, Monday, 16th November, 11 am GMT

Board of Directors of IPPNW join the minute’s silence in remembrance of the victims of terror and war. Foto: IPPNW11/16/2015 

At its London meeting, the Board of Directors of IPPNW decided to join the minute’s silence in remembrance of the victims of terror and war, which was held all across Europe mindful of the dreadful acts of violence in France. The Board explicitly included all victims of hostility.

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Turkey: Hospitals are being converted into war zones

Ausnahmezustand in Cizre und anderen türkischen Städten: Ausgangssperre und Angriffe auf die zivile Infrastruktur. Foto: IPPNW

13.11.2015 With elections approaching, a 15-member delegation including politicians, journalists, doctors, human rights campaigners and trade-union officials from Germany, Austria and the Netherlands visited the cities Diyarbarkir, Cizre, Nusaybin, Silvan and Mardin in Turkey. They were invited by the peace block of Turkey, an alliance of numerous public organisations as well as public figures in both cultural affairs and politics. IPPNW doctor Dr Angelika Claußen was a member of the delegation.

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World Medical Association calls on governments to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons

Mitgliedsländer der WMA. Foto: World Medical Association [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons18.10.2015 

The General Assembly of the World Medical Association, unanimously adopted a new resolution condemning nuclear weapons, stating that the medical profession has a duty to work for the elimination of nuclear weapons, and urging all governments to work to ban and eliminate them. IPPNW and its affiliates, many of whose members are active in national medical associations, will work to ensure that this resolution is promoted and acted upon as widely as possible.

[Docs and Nukes - Still a Live issue, The new England Journal of Medicine, 14.10.2015]

News release, International Peace Day

European health groups launch Medical Peace Work Case Studies


Medical Peace Work

21.09.2015 European health groups today launched new educational materials to educate nurses, doctors, students and others on the health aspects of war, violence and armed conflict. The new case studies form part of the Medical Peace Work framework and depict challenging situations for health professionals in the search of preventing and reducing violence – as well as promoting peace, sustainable development, and human rights. They aim to show the role of doctors, nurses and others in building trust, understanding, mutually enriching structures, and cultures of peace.

more ...[Medical Peace Work-Homepage]

Physicians for Social Responsibility, 19.09.2015

The results are in! Watch the winners from the short film award


IPPNW's U.S. affiliate PSR, with support from NSquare, held a short film contest to raise awareness about what's at stake if we are complacent about nuclear weapons.

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Press release

End the blockade of Donbass

Humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine

Verbrannter Wohnblock in Lysychansk, 2014. Foto: Pryshutova Viktoria

17.09.2015 IPPNW medical practitioners from 15 European countries appealed today to Presidents Poroshenko and Putin, the European Parliament and the OSCE to help lift the blockade of Donbass and allow free access to humanitarian assistance for the population in the region. The Ukraine government further tightened the blockade of the Donbass conflict region in June of this year: food and medical supplies are only allowed into the area controlled by the Separatists unter strict controls.

more ...[Letter to Presidents Poroshenko and Putin, the European Parliament and the OSCE]

Ukraine conflict risks nuclear war

Letter to Obama and Putin


IPPNW co-presidents Ira Helfand and Vladimir Garkavenko have sent the following letter to Presidents Barack Obama of the United States and Vladimir Putin of Russia, expressing the Federation’s concern over the continuing conflict in Ukraine between two heavily armed nuclear States. Dr. Helfand is a member of the board of IPPNW’s US affiliate, Physicians for Social Responsibility. Dr. Garkavenko is a member of the board of IPPNW’s Russian affiliate, Russian Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

[Read letter]

70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Activities in France and Finland

Paris: Downtown “ place de la République” with support by JAPANESE, British and German partners.

11.08.2015 ICAN and the IPPNW’s French affiliate organized a non-stop demonstration from August 6 to 9, with one hundred fasting demonstrators in Paris, Valduc and Barp. Doctors from AMFPGN participated in all places, not only for support but also for medical monitoring. French radio stations, newspapers and TV stations were very interested in the activities and broadcasted a lot of interviews and commentaries. The physicians explained their reasons for supporting the ICAN campaign for a nuclear-weapons-ban treaty.

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For a World without Nuclear Weapons and War

IPPNW European Conference, Belgrade, September 11-13, 2015

Beograd. Foto: ZlatanJovanovic06.08.2015 

European IPPNW affiliates will be meeting from 11 to 13 September in Belgrade for a conference. The main topics will be the abolition of nuclear weapons, the health effects of uranium weapons and the current conflict in the Ukraine and its consequences. Dr. Angelika Claussen, IPPNW Vice-President for Europe and Dragan Veljkovic of IPPNW Serbia cordially invite you to join us in Belgrade.

[Invitation, Registration and Programme]


What's good for Iran is good for the nuclear-armed states

Statement by the IPPNW Executive Committee

14.07.2015 The agreement on Iran’s nuclear programs announced today by Iran and the United States is welcome news for a number of reasons. The terms of the deal, negotiated over a 20-month period by diplomats from Iran and six other States, should assure the international community that Iran will continue to abide by its obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). There are no nuclear weapons in Iran today, and compliance with the agreement will make it far less likely that Iran can acquire nuclear weapons in the future. The US Senate, which has insisted upon its right to ratify the agreement, must now act responsibly and do so without delay or partisan bickering

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Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro for Peace


Young peace and environmental activists climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to take a stance against nuclear weapons and uranium mining. The group campaigning through the K-Project for Peace, initiated by International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, aimed to show that with determination everything is possible. Reaching the peak and raising the IPPNW flag - despite altitude sickness and other difficulties - shows just how committed these activists are. The message is clear: "We live for an Africa free of uranium mining! And for a world free of nuclear weapons!"

[IPPNW Africa K - Project for Peace]  [Documentary]  [Facebook]


Turning Point

Summary of the World Uranium Symposium (Québec / Kanada)

20.04.2015 The Uranium Symposium 2015 organised by a group of Canadian NGOs just ended in Quebec city (Canada). 2300 experts and activists from 20 countries and 5 continents participated, including an impressive representation of Indigenous Peoples from whole Canada and North America, Greenland, Australia as well as Africa.

more ...[Read the Turning Point here]


IPPNW calls for end to conflict in Ukraine

19.05.2015 The IPPNW Executive Committee discussed the conflict in Ukraine during a conference call on May 19, and has issued the following statement:

The ongoing crisis in Ukraine has raised grave concerns about the potential for escalation among the nuclear-armed states engaged in this tragic armed conflict. Nuclear weapons cannot have any role—even rhetorically—in the difficult and dangerous conflict in Ukraine.

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Declaration of the Board of IPPNW Germany

The War in Ukraine – a Catastrophe for the People in Ukraine and for Peace in Europe

Maria, 80 Jahre alt, in ihrem zerstörten Haus in Sloviansk, Foto: UNHCR, I.Zimova04/22/2015 

What began as social and political protests two and a half years ago has since developed into an armed confrontation between Ukrainian troops with Western backing on the one hand and separatist forces with Russian support on the other. Estimates of combatant and civilian casualties lie somewhere between 6,000 and 50,000. Findings of WHO and UNHCR suggest that it is predominantly women, children and the elderly who are bearing the brunt of war – a phenomenon frequently observed in contemporary wars.

more ...[You can download the Declaration as PDF here]


70 years from the Holocaust

Translation of the presentation of the book Nikolaos A. Anastasopoulos "The Jewish Club of Ioannina during the Interwar period."


The book of Law. Anastasopoulos "The Jewish Club of Ioannina during the interwar period" is published in an important anniversary. This year marks 70 years since the end of the World War II, that - as we want to believe-  led to the defeat of Nazism, and caused the horrors of the Holocaust.

On March 25, 1944, day Sabbath, the day of the Greek Independence, in the climate of terror and fear that then prevailed in Ioannina, the thousand years, perhaps longer, Jewish Community of Ioannina, forcibly gathered in the castle and the square Mavili: 1725 people from babies to the elderly, pregnant women up to elderly patients, all the members of the Community, loaded in 97 German head uncovered trucks to be transported through the snowy and icy March, to the extermination camps ...

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May 8, 2015

The NPT and the nuclear ban treaty

Peace & Health Blog

Austausch zwischen NATO Staaten und Staaten der Humanitären Initiative unter dem Titel „Can NATO ban the bomb?“. Foto: ICAN Deutschland08.05.2015 

As this is being written, the conference reviewing the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is going on at the UN in New York. I often lose the line in the formal presentations by the official delegates, and find myself wondering: Why has the NPT worked?

[Read more at IPPNW's Peace & Health Blog]


The nuclear lies of the Turkish Government

04.05.2015 The advertising campaign for nuclear energy starts at the airport in Istanbul. Waiting for our suitcases we look at an poster advertising “Türkiye nükleer” which shows three young laughing boys:  "Strong Turkey will produce new clean energy - energy from the Akkuyu NPP ". 

Also on the way to the hotel, on the bridges, on the tram, the same slogans for the Akkuyu nuclear power plant appear. Nuclear energy is being praised as being a clean, safe and sustainable energy on the road to an independent Turkey.  Prime Minister Erdogan and Minister of Energy Taner Yildiz show that they are determined to get two nuclear power plants at any cost.

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April 29, 2015

America’s disastrous non-proliferation policy


This week, the states who are party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, NPT, will gather at the United Nations for their five-year review conference to assess whether the treaty is meeting its goals.

The U.S. has long viewed this treaty as a key bulwark against the spread of nuclear weapons to other countries.  Since it was adopted 45 years ago, 3 nations which never signed the Treaty have developed nuclear weapons and one country that did sign has withdrawn and built a small nuclear arsenal, but we have not seen the wholesale spread of nuclear weapons that many feared when the NPT was negotiated in the late 1960’s.

[Article complete]

April 25, 2015

Meeting Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs before NPT RevCon


The day before Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Bert Koenders travelled to New York for the Non Proliferation Treaty Review Conference (NPT-RevCon) about nuclear weapons, he met with Mayor Jan Hoekema of Wassenaar (Chair Mayors for Peace-The Netherlands) and Doctor Herman Spanjaard (Chair of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War Netherlands (IPPNW) to discuss their views on nuclear weapons and the necessity to abolish these. They urged the Minister to take into account that safety for civilians is the dear task of Mayors worldwide and that Doctors have no cure for the effects of nuclear weapons, once used. Prevention is the only possible way forward so there is a very strong urgency to make the NPT-RevCon a success. One thousand paper cranes, made by Hibakusha and Japanese students, were handed over, to wish Minister Koenders a long and healthy life and wisdom in the negotiations.

Body Count - Casualty Figures after 10 Years "War on Terror"

Doctors group releases startling analysis of the death and destruction inflicted upon Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan

After the urban warfare, Fallujah, Iraq, Nov. 2004,  photo by Lance Cpl. James J. Vooris19.03.2015 

On March 19, 2015 - the 12th anniversary of the military intervention in Iraq - IPPNW Germany together with the affiliates from the US and Canada, PSR and PGS released the fist international edition of "Body Count - Casualty Figures after 10 Years `War on Terror´". The report is a comprehensive account of the vast and continuing human toll of the various “Wars on Terror” conducted in the name of the American people since the events of September 11, 2001. This publication highlights the difficulties in defining outcomes as it compares evaluations of war deaths in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Even so, the numbers are horrific. The number of Iraqis killed during and since the 2003 U.S. invasion have been assessed at one million, which represents 5% of the total population of Iraq.

[You can download the Body Count as PDF here]  [ Press release from PSR]  [Press release from PGS]


Unhealthy Investments

Why the UK healthy community’s investments in fossil fuels are bad for health.

Bericht "Unhealthy Investments", http://www.unhealthyinvestments.uk03.02.2015 

In a new report published today, Medact and other leading health and climate NGOs argue that the UK health community must phase out its investments in the fossil fuel industry, with air pollution from fossil fuels being responsible for approximately 5% of all UK deaths.

The ‘Unhealthy Investments’ report warns that investment in the fossil fuel industry is incompatible with health organisations’ moral and professional responsibilities to address these direct health implications, and the longer-term health impacts of climate change.

[Article Complete]

By PSR Switzerland, Andreas Nidecker

Why nuclear disasters are different from any other

Press Statement

In the year 2015 there exist approximately 440 nuclear power plants (NPPs) in 28 countries, often in areas of high population density. After the NPP accidents of Three Mile Island (USA, 1979), Chernobyl (1986) and Fukushima (Japan, 2011) nuclear disasters unfortunately can no longer be considered hypothetical or unlikely. Among the diversity of the causes of accidents, technical malfunctions, human error, aging facilities, fire risk, exceptional climatic events, terrorism and plane crashes have to be mentioned.

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New project: Medical Peace Work 3

Medical Peace Work

Medical Peace Work has gone into a third project round. It has been selected for EU-funding in the period 2014-2016. The new project aims to increase the MPW performance among health professionals through the use of case-based learning methodology. Ten partner organizations will collaborate to develop and to implement narrative case studies, audio-visual cases and a new case-based online course. In contrast to the existing seven MPW courses, the new material will be produced for group work and peer learning, both in formal and non‐formal education. Four of the partner organizations have former experience in collaborating through the MPW partnership. Six new members are included: IPPNW-Norway, Coalition for Work With Psychotrauma and Peace, Samaritan Austria State of Styria, 4-change, The Case Centre, and Medical Mission Institute Würzburg.

[download the MPW3 project chart ]

December 14, 2014

Nobel Peace Laureates call for treaty banning nuclear weapons


The 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates was held in Rome this weekend. Co-presidents Ira Helfand and Tilman Ruff represented IPPNW. The Summit issued strong language condemning nuclear weapons and called for a treaty to ban them as part of a statement published at the conclusion of the meeting.

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December 9, 2014

The Austrian Pledge


The Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons concluded today with a major step forward for ICAN and all those States that are now ready to join in a political process to ban nuclear weapons. The Austrian government closed the Conference with an unexpected and extraordinary pledge: to cooperate with all stakeholders “to identify and pursue effective measures to fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons” (which can only mean one thing), and “to cooperate with all relevant stakeholders, States, International Organisations, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movements, paliamentarians and civil society, in efforts to stigmatise, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons in light of their unacceptable humanitarian consequences and associated risks” (which means exactly what it says).

more ...[peaceandhealthblog.com/2014/12/09/the-austrian-pledge/]