Change the US UN vote on depleted uranium weapons this fall
  • Petitioned Hilary Clinton

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Hilary Clinton

Change the US UN vote on depleted uranium weapons this fall

    1. Gretel Munroe
    2. Petition by

      Gretel Munroe

      Medford, United States

Depleted uranium (DU) weapons are chemically toxic and radioactive conventional weapons designed to pierce armor. They were used by the US in the 1991 Gulf War, in the Balkans in the mid and late 1990’s and again in Iraq in the 2003 occupation. Upon impact with hard targets, DU munitions burn generating a fine dust that may be inhaled by civilians and soldiers alike. Intact munitions or fragments slowly break down, contaminating soils and groundwater.

Animal and cellular studies have shown that DU damages DNA and has caused cancer in laboratory rodents. The US and other DU users have shown little interest in studying civilian populations but laboratory studies have demonstrated that DU is toxic to the body. Since 1991, reports have come from Iraq of increasing numbers of cases of childhood leukemia and birth defects which may be the result of DU exposure. DU contaminates the environment and is very expensive and difficult to clean up.

These weapons are inherently indiscriminate and need to be banned. Other countries are moving to prohibit the use of DU weapons but the US and other DU users are standing in the way of progress.

The United Nations will vote on a fourth resolution considering their acceptability in October. Even without comprehensive civilian health studies, the failure of states to clean-up contamination, their use against civilian infrastructure in built up areas and the lack of transparency from users over where the weapons have been used clearly demands action to ban these weapons on a precautionary basis.

The United States, Israel, the UK and France are the only four states opposing these resolutions. The International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom,  Veterans for Peace, Pax Christi US, Pax Christi International and Friends of the Earth US are calling for people around the globe to write to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to ask her to reconsider the United States‘ voting position at the UN First Committee this October. 

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Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. 500 passed!

      Gretel Munroe
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much everyone - next stop 1000!

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. Four days in and we've nearly hit 500 signatories - thank you!

      Gretel Munroe
      Petition Organizer

      Dear friends, thank you so much for taking a moment to sign the petition urging Hillary Clinton to shift the US position on DU at the UN this October. We have two months to get some serious numbers on this petition and you have helped get us off to a phenomenal start. We have a long way to go though so please can you help us promote and circulate this petition to your friends, colleagues, families and supporters. If each of your persuade five more people to sign, that's 2500, if they persuade five more people to sign...then that's looking like some serious noise!

      I'm hoping we'll be able to increase the target later today, a direct link to the site is below:

      http://www.change.org/petitions/change-the-us-un-vote-on-depleted-uranium-weapons-this-fall

      Thank you again,

      Doug Weir
      Coordinator

    5. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • mohanad hameed BASRAH, IRAQ
      • about 1 year ago

      Most of us read about these things and sympathies with it momentarily and the feeling subside by the end of the article, we don't really feel or understand the real effect of it on the lives of the people who suffers from it, my city (Basra) was a lab field for all these weapons that the EVIL collation forces used and as a consequence many children were born with defects including my own , I hope everybody make a stand towards the issues that effects the lives of their brothers and sisters in "HUMANITY"

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    • Elihu Edelson TYLER, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      As a veteran of WW II I was spared the dangers of poisons that had been banned after WW I. Depleted uranium must also be banned as a toxic weapon that impacts civilians as well as our own troops, to no tactical advantage. The crime must stop!

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    • pat kelly YARDLEY, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      It is toxic to life

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    • carmen dobie TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      Uranium needs to stay below ground, away from those of us on the surface... never to be used as a power source or as weapons. We are killing and harming ourselves beyond repair... for millions of years to come. We must stand together and end this insanity.

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    • Ghulam Abbas Kassar HYDERABAD, PAKISTAN
      • over 1 year ago

      because i desire to save innocent lives by banning weapons

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