co-director John LaForge attended this conference in Hamburg and is
available for interviews.
The World DU/Uranium Weapons Conference was held October 16-19, 2003, in Hamburg, Germany. More than 200 participants represented 20 nations from five continents, which included Iraq, Afghanistan, Australia, Japan, US, Canada, UK, Sweden, Ireland, France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Algeria, and Cuba. Over 35 speakers including scientists, medical professionals, Iraqi medical and environmental professionals, independent researchers, international legal experts, military professionals, a nuclear weapons lab whistleblower, a prosecutor for the International War Crimes Tribunal for Afghanistan, veterans and their families, civilians, NGO, and peace and anti-globalization activists presented their most recent findings and issues about the effects of these illegal weapons. Iraqi scientist, Dr. Souad Al-Azzawi, received the internationally recognized Nuclear Free Future Award and prize of 10,000 Euros on October 12, just prior to the Conference. She presented her findings on environmental studies of depleted uranium (DU) contamination of air, soil and water in southern Iraq from the 1991 Gulf War.
days of presentations during the Plenary Session were followed by
two days of workshops which focused on key issues: science, international
law/organizers, and affected veterans and civilians. The workshops
were planned to identify consensus on the issues, and
Six independent filmmakers covered the conference and six photo exhibitions from four continents were presented. The exhibit included the latest photographs from Iraq presented by the renowned international Japanese photographer Takashi Morizumi. Videos and films on related topics were open to the public during the workshop sessions.
The Conference was streamed live to the Internet but unexplained server problems at Indy Media made access to the live-feed unavailable during the conference. The Conference will be streamed over the Internet again when the server problems are resolved, and the schedule will be posted on the Conference website: http://www.uraniumweaponsconference.de
A press conference held on Friday, October 17, was greatly under-attended by the mainstream media, which still seems to fail to grasp the significance of the issue. Stories on the Conference appeared in only a few media, mostly alternative or progressive. Conference coordinator Marion Kuepker in Hamburg said, We believe this is part of the continuing cover-up of devastating health problems resulting from depleted uranium (DU) weaponry used by the U.S., U.K. and NATO forces in Iraq, Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. Today nearly 7,000 German soldiers are serving in contaminated regions in Kosovo and Afghanistan.
Conference participants overwhelmingly agreed:
co-director John LaForge attended this conference in Hamburg
and is available for interviews.
In Hamburg, contact: Marion Kuepker or David Kraft, Tel.: 001-49-40-430-7332, email email@example.com