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A frightened villager brings the lid of a barrel that contained uranium oxide (yellowcake) taken from the Tuwaitha nuclear facility, that was left unsecured by occupying forces after the fall of Saddam Hussein. The family used this radioactive barrel to store water and are complaining of rashes and skin problems.

Say no to war

Greenpeace is opposed to war, and we don't believe war is the answer to ridding the world of Weapons of Mass Destruction. That's one of the reasons why we took particular issue with the war on Iraq. We joined with people all over the world in months of global action to promote a non-violent solution to the conflict in Iraq.

We believedthe war was more about oil than about effectively dealing with weaponsof mass destruction. It would result in devastating human andenvironmental consequences, and set a dangerous (not to mentionillegal)precedent.

Though the occupyingforces were quick to secure Iraqi oil fields, they neglected tosafeguard dangerous nuclear material. Now that material has made itsway to homes and schools. Weapons of mass destruction, the alleged reason for the war in the first place, were never found.

Uranium and other nuclear material stored under UN control in Iraquntil the fall of Saddam Hussein have been stolen and local residentsare reportedly displaying symptoms of radiation poisoning. Six weeksafter the occupying forces took control of the country, the US finallyconceded that the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic EnergyAgency (IAEA), could return to assess what has been stolen at part ofone site, Tuwaitha. Yet the IAEA has been refused access to the nearbypopulation or to other sites it wants to visit, in contravention of UNresolutions.

We went to Iraq in June 2003 with a small, specialist teamto examine the local environment and to assess the extent of anynuclear contamination. The team took samples of soil and water forlaboratory analysis and conducted on-site monitoring with specialistradiation detection equipment. While the extent of the Greenpeaceradiological survey will not be comprehensive, it will provide someidea of the true level of risk to the people of the area and to theenvironment.

We are calling for a full assessment of the situation at Tuwaitha and other nuclear sites in Iraq:

  • Theoccupying powers must allow the IAEA to remain in Iraq with anunrestricted mandate to test as well as document all nuclear sites.
  • Theoccupying powers must allow the IAEA to oversee an urgent medical andenvironmental assessment of the impact of the radioactive material thathas spread in the local community - a practice that would be standardin any other country and circumstance.
  • A hunt for all the industrial radioactive isotopes in Iraq must be conducted urgently - these are all potential dirty bombs.

The latest updates

 

Greenpeace Statement on Iran

Publication | 6 March, 2006 at 1:00

No one can say for sure whether or not Iran has a nuclear weapons programme.

Comprehensive Fissile Material Treaty

Publication | 21 February, 2006 at 1:00

Greenpeace is calling for Comprehensive Fissile Material Treaty. A CFMT that bans the further production of fissile materials for nuclear weapons is urgently needed in order to:· Restart negotiations on further nuclear arms control and...

Iran Q&A

Publication | 2 February, 2006 at 1:00

Do you agree with the claim that Iran is developing a nuclear weapons programme?

13 practical steps to nuclear disarmament

Publication | 1 January, 2006 at 1:00

Thirteen steps toward the abolishment of nuclear weapons.

Swimming in Chemicals - Widespread presence of brominated flame retardants and PCBs...

Publication | 3 November, 2005 at 9:44

European eels from 20 locations in 10 countries across Europe were found to contain varying levels of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and/or polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Some of the chemicals analysed are in current use while others have...

The Real Face of the IAEA's multilaterals nuclear approaches

Publication | 26 September, 2005 at 2:00

The International Atomic Energy Agency is dedicated to the worldwide expansion of nuclear power.But these plans face insurmountable obstacles. The growing problem of nuclear waste and the threatof proliferation being two of the most pressing.The...

Comment matrix on Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations

Publication | 23 September, 2005 at 2:00

Comments from the US military branches to the Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations, which outlines how and under what circumstances nuclear weapons might be deployed by the US military.

Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations

Publication | 23 September, 2005 at 2:00

An unclassified draft of a US nuclear doctrine review that spells out conditions under which US commanders might seek approval to use nuclear weapons.

Man made chemicals in Maternal and Umbilical cord blood

Publication | 8 September, 2005 at 2:00

Detailed testing results from the TNO laboratory analysis for the report "A present for life" which confirms that known or suspected hazardous chemicals from eight chemical groups are commonly present in umbilical cord blood.

Invest in a Clean Energy Future

Publication | 30 June, 2005 at 2:00

Greenpeace exposes the EU’s dirty energy subsidies.

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