use is a war crime
What is Depleted Uranium
DU is chemically toxic. It is an extremely dense, hard metal, and can
cause chemical poisoning to the body in the same way as can lead or any
other heavy metal. Depleted uranium is also radiologically hazardous,
as it spontaneously burns on impact, creating tiny aerosolized glass particles.
These uranium oxide particles emit all types of radiation, alpha, beta
and gamma, and can be carried in the air over long distances. Depleted
uranium has a half-life of 4.5 billion years, and the presence of depleted
uranium ceramic aerosols can pose a long-term threat to human health and
How does DU get into the body?
What are the effects on humans of
using DU weaponry?
|Why is DU’s use a war crime?
· DU weaponry meets the definition of weapons of mass destruction in two of three categories under U.S. Federal Code Title 50 Chapter 40 Section 2302
· DU weaponry violates all international treaties and agreements, Hague and Geneva war conventions, the 1925 Geneva gas protocol, U.S. laws and U.S. military law.
Since 1991, the U.S. has released the radioactive atomicity equivalent of at least 40,000 Nagasaki bombs into the global atmosphere. That is 10 times the amount released during atmospheric testing which was the equivalent of 40,000 Hiroshima bombs. The U.S. has permanently contaminated the global atmosphere with radioactive pollution having a half-life of 2.5 billion years
What can you do?
|To find out more about Depleted Uranium check out these sites:|
|Depleted Uranium Education Project:||www.iacenter.org/depleted/du.htm|
|Depleted Uranium Watch:||www.stopnato.org.uk/du-watch|
|Campaign Against Depleted Uranium:||www.cadu.org.uk|
|International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons:||www.bandepleteduranium.org|
|Uranium Medical Research Centre:||www.umrc.net|
|Depleted Uranium Oversight Board:||www.duob.org.uk|
|American Gulf War Veterans Association:||www.gulfwarvets.com|