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  • German military floats plan to equip its tanks with depleted uranium to a sceptical nation

    In an effort to be seen to be responding to Russian military activities in Ukraine and Crimea, the Bundeswehr is floating plans to arm Leopard tanks taken out of storage with DU ammunition, even as its allies look for alternatives in response to the global stigmatisation of the weapons.
  • Canada must do more on depleted uranium weapons

    ICBUW has produced a new briefing on Canada and DU weapons, it finds that in spite of claims to the contrary, Canada has shown little international leadership on the issue. Available to download in English and French.
  • ICBUW needs your help if our work is to continue.

    Last week, the Norwegian government announced that it will no longer fund ICBUW’s research and advocacy on DU weapons. We are now facing a funding crisis that could result in us having to close the secretariat and make the staff redundant.
  • The A-10 warthog: raising depleted uranium’s threshold of acceptability

    The apparent U-turn by the Pentagon over DU use by aircraft in Operation Inherent Resolve has been cautiously welcomed by campaigners, but is it a sign of a wider policy shift? Is the threshold of acceptability for the use of DU in operations rising in response to international pressure over the controversial munitions and what part has the A-10 played in this?
  • Pentagon announces U-turn on use of depleted uranium in Iraq and Syria

    The Pentagon has announced that depleted uranium (DU) munitions have not, and will not, be used by US aircraft in the conflict against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The policy U-turn contrasts with statements made over previous months, where Pentagon officials claimed that DU would be used if needed; the decision reflects a growing stigmatisation of the controversial weapons.

Campaign update: 2011

It has been another busy autumn here at CADU...
21 December 2011 - Aneaka Kellay

In the summer we decided to chart a new strategic direction and focus our energies on the CHARM3 renewal decision (page 4&5).

Since the summer it has been full steam ahead with launching the new campaign, organising for the international day of action and London speaker event (page 3), and pushing forward with parliamentary work.  We were barely able to pause a moment when news of the MoD legal review fiasco was revealed (page 1)! With the MoD suitably embarrassed we will continue to push the campaign against depleted uranium in the new year, and are optimistic for the future of the campaign.

UWN’s Parliamentary work
Parliamentary work continued this autumn providing some great opportunites for CADU. In September the Uranium Weapons Network held a second All Party Parliamentary Group meeting with MPs which focused on the legal status of DU weapons. Following on from this meeting Katy Clark MP contacted the MoD with questions on the legality of CHARM3. This lead to the revelation that CHARM3 has never been legally  reviewed (page 1). The story was picked up by mainstream media and has been an asset to building momentum for the Don’t DU It campaign (page 4&5).

During this period Peter Bottomley MP tabled EDM 2318 on the CHARM3 renewal decision and we currenly have 57 signatures. We are hoping to break the 100 signatories mark so do get in touch with your MP and ask them to sign it.

After being with us since June 2010 our parliamentary campaigner Lev Eakins decided to move on to new horizons. We’d like to thank Lev for all his hard work, and for bringing the campaign into a stronger position through his enthusiastic focus on parliamentary work. We are pleased to welcome Rachel Thompson who has taken over this post as parliamentatry campaigner and will work with Aneaka to continue UWN’s work in 2012.

New CADU report coming soon
The CADU worker Aneaka is currently working on a new report that will examine the UK’s policy on DU over the last 20 years. The report will chart how policy has changed in response to public outcry over the use of DU. She has been busy looking through decades of parliamentary records, correspondance with the MoD, archive data and the numerous independant reports on DU. The report will be finished and ready to download from our website in February.  

CADU website
After huge delays caused by limited funds and capacity, we are happy to announce that the new CADU website has gone live! We hope it has been worth the wait. Do have a look at it at  www.cadu.org.uk

Fundraising
This autumn we received grants from the Trust for Research and Education on the Arms Trade, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, the Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. We are extremely grateful for all the support received and hope our funders and members will continue to help us push the campaign forward in these exciting times!

And lastly,  note from our co-ordinator ...
Friends,

As you can see from CADU News that the work is having interesting and sucessful outcomes. However we still work on an extremely tight budget. Any donation you could send will be put to good use.

Wishing everyone a Happy and Peaceful New Year
May welfare come before warfare.

Rae Street



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