Uranium Weapons Cover-ups - a Crime against Humankind
By Piotr Bein, Ph.D., M.A.Sc., P.Eng. and Karen Parker, J.D., Diplome (Strasbourg).
Paper prepared in January 2003, for a monograph Politics and Environmental Policy in the 21st Century,
Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade.
Abstract: Munitions that contain low-grade uranium 235 - insufficient to trigger nuclear explosion - are chemicalradiological weapons. They contain other toxic-radioactive elements and have indiscriminate effects. They are illegal by virtue of international conventions, laws and customs of war. When used in populated areas or in the presence of numerous troops (enemy or friendly), they become weapons of delayed but mass destruction (WMD). Fatal consequences of depleted uranium (DU) armour-piercing ammunition emerged in veterans and civilians after wars in the Persian Gulf and the Balkans. While the victims remain neglected, hundreds of tons of uranium from weapons developed in recent years against hard and buried targets have polluted Afghanistan. Up-coming war scenarios involve larger chemical-radiological contamination potential
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