The element uranium is the basis of and parent of almost all releases of radioactivity to the environment, yet curiously, until it began to be employed as a weapon, it had been quite neglected as a hazardous component of radioactive releases to the environment. It is not measured routinely near nuclear power stations or reprocessing sites. It is treated as if it were natural: which of course it is, but its concentration in these places, and the form it is released in is not.
The 2006 and 2009 Israeli bombings in Gaza Strip have left a high concentration of toxic metals in the soil. Those metals can cause tumours and problems with fertility, and they can have serious effects on newly born babies, like deformities and genetic pathologies. The metals are in particular tungsten, mercury, molybdenum, cadmium and cobalt.
ACHR is an NGO in special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
Mission for Gaza, april 2009
This report inventories and analyses the range of international laws that protect the environment during armed conflict. With a view to identifying the current gaps and weaknesses in this system, the authors examine the relevant provisions within four bodies of international law – international humanitarian law (IHL), international criminal law (ICL), international environmental law (IEL), and international human rights law (HRL). The report concludes with twelve concrete recommendations on ways to strengthen this legal framework and its enforcement.
Released on november the 6th 2009:
More than thirty
years since the massive defoliation campaigns of the Viet Nam War, and
nearly twenty since the extensive pollution caused by the destruction
of 600 oil wells in Kuwait at the end of the first Gulf War, the
environment continues to fall victim to armed conflict worldwide.
Decades of protracted conflict in the Gaza Strip, for example, have so
severely affected groundwater supplies upon which 1.5 million
Palestinians depend for drinking and agriculture that those supplies
are in danger of imminent collapse.
Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Palestine: draft resolution
The General Assembly
1. Endorses the report of the Human Rights Council on its twelfth special session, held on 15 and 16 October 2009;6
2. Requests the Secretary-General to transmit the report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict 5 to the Security Council;
The Independent Fact Finding Committee on Gaza to the League of Arab
States was established in February 2009 with the tasks of investigating
and reporting on violations of human rights law and international
humanitarian law during the Israeli military offensive against Gaza
from 27 December 2008 to 18 January 2009 and collecting information on
the responsibility for the commission of international crimes during
the operation. The Committee comprised Professor John Dugard (South
Africa: Chairman), Professor Paul de Waart (Netherlands), Judge Finn
Deformed babies in Fallujah
Iraq LETTER TO THE UNITED NATIONS
REPORT On the use of radioactive weapons in the Gaza Strip during « Operation Cast Lead » (27 December 2008 - 18 January 2009)
July 28, 2009
By Ilan Pappe
[Contribution to the Reimagining Society Project hosted by ZCommunications]