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Medact Newsletter, 14.07.2016

Iraq, Medact & Chilcot

07/15/2016 

On 6 July 2016, the report of the British public Inquiry into the nation's role in the Iraq war, also known as the Chilcot report, was released. Medact released a statement that day calling among other things for the health community to push for more investment in peacebuilding and nonviolent responses to conflict, rather than militarised approaches.

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Peace and Health Blog, 06.06.2016

IPPNW responds to Obama Hiroshima visit

Barack Obama06.06.2016 

Dear President Obama: We applaud your decision to bear witness to the ghastly horrors that befell the citizens of Hiroshima, and to meet with Hibakusha. However, we deeply regret that you made no commitments to ensure that nuclear weapons are never used again.

[Read more on Peace and Health Blog ]

Den Haag, 04.05.16

Dutch Medical Appeal against NWs handed over to Parliament influenced the debate

NVMP: Dutch Medical Appeal against NWs handed over to Parliament influenced the debate05/04/2016 

On the 19th  of April a NVMP-delegation handed over the Dutch Medical Appeal (and the BMJ-article) to the Committee of Foreign Affairs, with all the main spokesmen of our Parliament re NWs, with afterwards time for bilateral talks. It was remarkable how serious our medical arguments were taken – the strength of IPPNW! In collaboration with PAX we had waited with this handing over till it was clear when the parliamentary debate on a ban on NWs, forced by the 45.000 signatures collected by PAX, was planned: 10 days later.

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Peace and Health Blog, 05.02.2016

Global health federations issue collective appeal for prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons

Female nuclear victim with severe burns. The pattern of her kimono, she was wearing while the explosion took place, was burned in her skin.02.05.2016 

The leading international federations representing the world’s physicians, public health professionals, and nurses have told a special UN working group that the medical and scientific evidence about the consequences of nuclear weapons requires urgent action to prohibit and eliminate them as “the only course of action commensurate with the existential danger they pose.” 

[Read more on Peace and Health Blog]

Declaration

Stop Nuclear Russian Roulette in Doel and Tihange

General Assembly of the German Affiliate of IPPNW 2016

Members of the German Affiliate of IPPNW appeal to the German government to use its political leverage within the EU to press for an immediate shutdown of the nuclear reactors. Photo: IPPNW Germany05/21/2016 

The German affiliate of IPPNW calls on the Belgian government to immediately shut down the nuclear reactors in Doel and Tihange. They also support legal proceedings by the city of Aachen and the states of Northrhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate against the continued operation of these two nuclear facilities. Moreover, the physicians appeal to the German government to use its political leverage within the EU to press for an immediate shutdown of the nuclear reactors.

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IPPNW/PSR Press release 26.4.2016

30 years since Chernobyl

Chernobyl effects suppressed and downplayed

Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Mond, Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=544328804/26/2016 

Marking the commemorations of  the nuclear disasters in Chernobyl and Fukushima, IPPNW Germany called on 26.04.16 on the German government to work towards a speedy closure and decommissioning of all nuclear reactors in Europe. One early morning thirty years ago, humankind was made painfully aware of the dangers of nuclear energy when reactor 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded. For weeks afterwards, radioactive clouds spread harmful contamination across the whole of Europe. Germany was also affected, particularly the states of Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg.

more ...[ IPPNW/PSR Report “30 years living with Chernobyl – 5 years living with Fukushima”]

Presenza, 24.03.2016

93% of Germans rejects nuclear weapons

Geneva, Switzerland - International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

24.03.2016 

The overwhelming majority of Germans – a staggering 93 per cent – want nuclear weapons to be banned just as chemical and biological weapons have been banned, according to an opinion poll commissioned by the German chapter of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), an ICAN partner organization.

[Further information]

Article

North Korea's Latest Missile Firing and Nuclear Weapons Test

March 3rd, 2016

Flag of North Korea, Creative Commons CC.0, pixabay03/03/2016 

On January 6th 2016, North Korea announced its successful detonation of a ‘hydrogen bomb’ in its fourth nuclear-bomb test. Seismic detectors around the world revealed a 5.1 magnitude earthquake centred on the county’s only nuclear test site, at Punggye-ri. The estimated yield of about 10Kt was less than what might be expected from a full-blown hydrogen bomb; some experts (such as Frank von Hippel) feel that it was really a ‘boosted’ fission bomb amplified by a deuterium/tritium fuse to increase the yield of fission-inducing neutrons. But this development marked a significant step towards weapons-miniaturisation and hence missile carriage.

more ...[read more on medact.org]

New Report

Fukushima Report: Ongoing Radiation and 10,000 Excess Cancers Expected

The IPPNW Report: 5 Years Living With Fukushima

Residents of the Fukushima area and the rest of Japan will experience more than 10,000 excess cancers as a result of radiation exposure from the triple-reactor meltdown that took place on March 11, 2011, according to a new report from Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). Titled "5 Years Living With Fukushima" and available online at www.psr.org/FukushimaReport2016, the PSR/IPPNW report laments that the full impact of Fukushima may never be known, due to Japan's failure to immediately and fully track radiation exposures, as well as a "disturbing" lack of testing of the general population for radiation-related diseases and other impacts (miscarriages, fetal malformations, leukemia, lymphomas, solid tumors or non-cancerous diseases). The massive initial radioactive emissions were not recorded at the time of the triple-reactor meltdown and some radioactive isotopes (including strontium-90) have not been measured

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International Congresss IPPNW Germany

"5 Years living with Fukushima - 30 years living with Chernobyl"

Medical and ecological consequences

Opening Event of the Congress "30 Years Living with Chernobyl - 5 Years Living with Fukushima", Photo: IPPNW03/02/2016 

Last weekend IPPNW Germany held an international congress in Berlin to commemorate the nuclear disasters in Fukushima and Chernobyl, attended by about 350 participants. Scientists and activists from Japan, Belarus, Ukraine and other parts of the world came together in the "Urania" congress hall to exchange information and views on research and to network. Our main aim was to link these anniversaries - five for Fukushima and thirty for Chernobyl - with the demand for a phase-out of nuclear power and promotion of an energy revolutiion.

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Article

Medact at the #StopTrident march in London

March 2, 2016

Medact at the StopTrident March
On Saturday 27th February, Medact members and supporters joined an estimated 20,000 people on the #StopTrident march to highlight the health impact and humanitarian consequences of the use of nuclear weapons. Trident, and nuclear weapons in general, represent the most destructive weapons on the planet. Trident consists of four submarines with a total of up to 160 nuclear warheads between them. Each one of these warheads is eight times more powerful than the atomic bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima. This bomb caused an estimated 140 000 deaths, including 90% of all physicians and nurses in Hiroshima, along with widespread long-term health effects like cancer.
Blog from Frank Boulton and Ben Clavey, Medact

[read more on Medact.org]  [watch video on youtube.de]

Article

Dutch medical appeal for nuclear disarmament

Peter Buijs and Lode Wigersma in BMJ

Peter Buijs, Source: bmj.com19.02.2016 

In September 2015, on the UN International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, a medical appeal for nuclear disarmament was presented in Amsterdam (see below). This declaration, signed with remarkable enthusiasm by 100 leading Dutch healthcare executives, clinicians, and scientists, is meant to put the urgent need for nuclear disarmament back on the societal and political agenda—not from an ideological or political viewpoint, but from a medical humanitarian one. It is now circulating within the Dutch medical community, and will be officially presented to Parliament in the coming months. That day the NVMP, the Dutch affiliate of the International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War, organised a symposium about nuclear weapons for physicians and other medical professionals. It covered the medical humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapon use, and the position and role of Dutch healthcare and its allies

[Read more on bmj.com]

Peace Finally Makes Global Agenda

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

UN Goal 16: Promoting peace, justice and inclusive societies01.02.2016 

Promoting peace, justice and inclusive societies – Goal 16 - is one of 17 Global Goals that make up the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs).  SDG 16 aims to significantly reduce all forms of violence, and work with governments and communities to find lasting solutions to conflict and insecurity. Specific goals within SDG 16 include to, “significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows,” and, to “end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children.” IPPNW will address SDG 16 and firearm violence as a public health issue at the June U.N. Programme of Action on Small Arms 6th Biennial Meeting of States.

Article

Dr. Herbert L. Abrams, Who Worked Against Nuclear War, Dies at 95

The New York Times

Dr. Herbert L. Abrams helped found International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War with a group of American and Soviet doctors.  CreditRod Searcey/Stanford University28.01.2016 

Dr. Herbert L. Abrams, a radiologist at Stanford and Harvard universities and a founder of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985 for its work in publicizing the health consequences of atomic warfare, died on Jan. 20 at his home in Palo Alto, California. With a group of American and Soviet doctors, he helped create International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, with the goal of publicizing the health risks of a nuclear exchange and countering theories that physicians might be able to save enough people to continue civilized life. He later called nuclear weapons and nuclear war “the central health issue of the 20th century".

[Read more at nytimes.com]

IPPNW Germany Press Release

Academics who call for peace should not be persecuted

Sebnem Korur Fincanci is awarded the Medical Peace Prize (Nurnberg, 2011) Source: IPPNW Germany01/19/2016 

The German branch of the medical peace organisation IPPNW today urged foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to call for the immediate release of Turkish intellectuals who have been arrested for signing an appeal to peacefully resolve the conflict with the Kurdish population. In a public petition, a total of 1,128 academics from 89 universities called for the Turkish government to put an end to violence in the region, predominately inhabited by Kurds, and to resume peace negotiations that were broken off last summer. According to media reports, as many as 27 scholars have been arrested and more than 130 are threatened with detention. The public prosecutors in Istanbul are said to be investigating all signatories of the appeal. Many face the threat of punitive action or losing their jobs.

more ...[Further information about the medical peace prize recipient]  [Appeal to support “Scholars for peace"]

Newly-developed Nuclear Weapon

“Modernizing” the opportunities for nuclear war

Die neue B61-12-Atombombe, Foto: Randy Montoya/Sandia Labs, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/, bearbeitet01/19/2016 

A fight now underway over newly-designed US nuclear weapons highlights how far the Obama administration has strayed from its commitment to build a nuclear-free world.

more ...[Read the full article on peaceandhealthblog.com]

International Conference

The Humanitarian Pledge to “stigmatize, prohibit and eliminate” nuclear weapons

121 States already support the Humanitarian Pledge, Source: ippnw.org12/07/2015 

An unprecedented series of intergovernmental and civil society conferences has laid the foundation for a political process that could finally ban and eliminate nuclear weapons. Norway hosted the First Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons (HINW) in March 2013 in Oslo. A follow-up Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons was held in Nayarit, Mexico in February 2014. An all-important Third Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, held in Vienna in December 2014, produced a Humanitarian Pledge “to identify and pursue effective measures to fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons.

more ...[Read the full article on ippnw.org]

News

Medact warns against British air strikes in Syria

Tornado_GR4_12Sqn_RAF_Iraq_Sep2008-300x200.jpeg, Foto: Medact12/02/2015 

While barbarism and callous violence must always be resisted and challenged, a bombing campaign against ISIS will not help bring peace to the region, nor secure freedom and safety in the UK. More likely, reacting to the atrocities in Paris by supporting and expanding the US-led air war against ISIS will grow support for terrorism.

more ...[Read the full article on medact.org]

Doctors warn armed violence a threat to health worldwide

Over 700 Gather in London to Advocate for War Prevention, Humanitarian Law, Refugee Assistance

Health Through Peace conference, organised by Medact in November 2015, Foto: IPPNW.

01.12.2015 Armed conflict and militarization pose grave and escalating threats to health worldwide and must be tackled urgently, warned a coalition of leading health, peace, development and security organizations led by IPPNW UK affiliate Medact who met in London on the 13th & 14th November

more ...[Conference homepage]  [Conference statement]

Press statement of PSR/IPPNW Switzerland

Global toll of the nuclear industry and uranium exploitation

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

Delegation from Niger in Johannesburg, Foto: IPPNW

19.11.15 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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Press statement, IPPNW Germany

Overcoming War and Terror

Terrorist Attacks in Paris

Paris: Solidarität mit den Opfern, Grafik: Campact e.V.

18.11.2015 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 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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Animated Short Film about DU by ICBUW and PaxChristi

click to watch the video in IPPNW's youtube channel