In a wide-ranging resolution on Iraq, the European Parliament has called on EU member states to develop a common position in favour of a ban on DU weapons and support affected communities and decontamination.
Following a global Day of Action event last November, where PAX’s Wim Zwijnenburg briefed members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Iraq, a cross party group of MEPs have submitted a question to the EU’s foreign affairs chief Cathy Ashton.
The announcement by the Scottish government that the MoD will no longer be exempt from environmental regulations governing its nuclear sites in Scotland could have major implications for the future testing of depleted uranium (DU) weapons at the Dundrennan Range in Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway.
New research from the UK has found that DU particles can persist in the environment for 30 years and that short-term studies cannot accurately predict the corrosion of penetrators.
In late September, German campaigners met in Munich to found ICBUW Germany as the global Uranium Film Festival visited the city.