Committee Passes DU Resolution in Landslide Vote
The resolution was drafted by the Movement of Non Aligned States and submitted by Indonesia. It requests that states and international bodies submit a report on DU to the UN General Assembly during next year's session; depleted uranium weapons will also feature on the Assembly's agenda. A second vote confirming the resolution will take place early next year.
This is a good result for our campaign, said ICBUW Coordinator Doug Weir. States around the world are no longer content to accept the claims by the users of these weapon systems that exposure to uranium dust is not linked to ill health. The last few years have seen great advances in our understanding of the health hazards posed by depleted uranium and it's high time that the international standards caught up with this research.
The vote comes after a year of intense campaigning by ICBUW and its member organisations, and follows calls by the European Parliament for a ban. In March this year, Belgium became the first country in the world to introduce a domestic ban on the use of uranium in all conventional weapon systems. The decision by Brussels to take this step sent a clear message to all NATO members and users of uranium weapons that the continued use of chemically toxic and radioactive weapon systems is incompatible with international humanitarian legal standards.
How the voting went:
'Effects of the use of armaments and ammunitions containing depleted uranium' A/C.1/62/L.18/Rev.1
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Full list of voters:
The draft resolution on the effects of the use of armaments and
In favour: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda,
Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh,
Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei
Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Comoros,
Congo, Costa Rica, Côte dIvoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic
Peoples Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador,
Against: Czech Republic, France, Israel, Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States.
Abstain: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cambodia,
Absent: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cape Verde, Central African Republic,
Chad, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Equatorial
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