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November 7, 2010
London protest against DU weapons
The UK Uranium Weapons Network has organised a lunchtime protest outside the US Embassy in London on November 12 to mark the Day of Action.
The protest was called by the Campaign Against Depleted Uranium, the UK Uranium Weapons Network and the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW) to mark the International Day of Action Against Uranium Weapons on November 6th.
While the US has used at least 400 tons of depleted uranium munitions in Iraq during the conflicts between 1991 and 2003, they continue to refuse to release data on where the weapons were used, blocking research into their health impact and preventing decontamination and risk reduction programmes.
The US, along with France and the UK, voted against a UN resolution calling for states to release this data, earlier this month, regardless of the fact that the UK had already done so for the DU used in Iraq in 2003.
Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) submitted a motion, on November 4, calling on the UK government to abstain or vote in favour of the resolution.
Members of Parliament from the three largest UK political parties submitted an Early Day Motion (EDM), on October 14, calling on the UK government to support a resolution calling for transparency from DU users tabled at the UN.
The United Nations First Committee voted by an overwhelming margin, on October 29, for state users of depleted uranium weapons to release data on where the weapons were used to governments of states affected by their use.
The UK Uranium Weapons Network members consist of the Campaign Against Depleted Uranium, the Campaign Against the Arms Trade, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, the Environmental Justice Foundation, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, MEDACT, the Muslim Council of Britain, Pax Christi, People & Planet, Quaker Peace & Social Witness and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.