Let us treat patients in Syria
Open letter by 51 doctors
IPPNW Co-Presidents Ira Helfand, Robert Mtonga, and Tilman Ruff, former Co-President Sergey Kolesnikov, and a number of affiliate leaders have signed the following call for medical neutrality in Syria. Updates about the appeal can be followed on Twitter at #Doctors4Syria. The same hashtag can be used to comment on the appeal and to forward it to others.
Iran's chemical weapon survivors show twin horrors of WMD and sanctions
Victims of mustard and nerve gas in Iran-Iraq war now struggle to find inhalers, transplant drugs and other vital medicine
Though medical products are supposed to be excluded from the sanctions on Iran it is extremely difficult to arrange payment and shipment of them.
The resulting shortages of medicines caused by these sanctions has increased the suffering of the people. The victims of weapons of mass destruction have little chance of complete recovery after surgery if they don´t have access to medicines that are usually prescribed.
The German and Swedish IPPNW affiliates are therefore focusing on gaining public and political attention in order to enable imports of medical products and to finally alleviate their shortage by getting medicine into Iran.
Anti-nuclear blockade in Germany
Rhythm beats Bombs
This weekend, IPPNW Germany and several other anti-nuclear organizations organized a 24h blockade of the joint US-German airforce base at Büchel - the only remaining nuclear weapons site in Germany. The German IPPNW Board and office staff joined the more than 750 protesters who camped out in front of the 7 gates of the compound, effectively blocking it off to all motorized traffic. At four in the morning, a bunch of soldiers were able to squeeze through a tiny gate in the woods under the cover of 200 police-men. The US have about 150-240 nuclear weapons stationed at various sites around Europe: in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Turkey under the so-called "nuclear sharing agreement". IPPNW Germany considers this "nuclear sharing" illegal under the rules of the NPT, because German airforce pilots are actually being trained at Büchel to deliver nuclear weapons on German Tordnado jets to "the enemy".
Urgent Action: Korea crisis resolution
Many of us are scared about the heightened tension in the conflict on the Korean peninsula. A way to deal with that fear is to act. We invite you to join us in calling on the heads of states of nations that took part in the Six-Party Talks - the USA, North Korea, South Korea, China, Russia and Japan - to return to the negotiating table and prevent a nuclear catastrophe. Help us to get as many signatures as we can to show how much we care about this issue!
Health consequences resulting from Fukushima
On 11 March 2011, a nuclear catastrophe occurred at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan in the wake of an earthquake and due to serious safety deficiencies. The initial health consequences of the nuclear catastrophe are now, two years after the incident, scientifically verifiable. Similar to the case of Chernobyl, a decline in the birth rate was documented in the nine months following the nuclear catastrophe. In the Fukushima Prefecture alone, some 55,592 children were diagnosed with thyroid gland nodules or cysts. In the long term there are many expected cases of cancer due to Fukushima.
Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons
Representatives from 127 governments gathered in Oslo, Norway, from 4 to 5 March 2013 for the Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons. ICAN was the civil society partner and presented a video statement in the opening session as well as four oral interventions, which highlighted that any use of nuclear weapons would have catastrophic humanitarian consequences
Peace Boat honoring Gregoris Lambrakis in Piraeus
On May 2, 2013 Peace boat visited again Pireas honoring the memory of Gregoris Lambrakis, MD, MP and pioner of the Aninuclear and Peace movement, who was killed in a Peace ceremony 50 years ago. The Peace Boat also delivered a message of solidarity with the Greek people who suffer from the economical crisis.
Representatives of the boat, the director Yoshioka Tatsuya and Hibakushas Nobuko Suigino Kazumi Tsuisida were accepted in the Municipality of Pireas by the Vice Mayor Mr Anastasios Karles and deputee Mr Yiannis Kardaras who wellcome them.
The member of the Greek parliement Mr Theodoros Dritsas, Mr Panos Trigazis president of PADOP, Mr K. Foteinakis president of "Friends of Nature' and Maria Arvantiri Sotiropoulou President of the Greek Affiliate of IPPNW.
Challenge Delusional Thinking - send the new Medact report to your MP
Medact’s latest report The Delusional Thinking behind a Policy of ‘Nuclear Deterrence’ was launched this month at the House of Lords. Thank you to all who attended.
Today many decision makers believe that ‘nuclear deterrence’ is an essential component of the UK’s defence strategy. This report examines the delusional nature of some of the thinking that underpins this belief.
If you would like to receive a free hard copy, please send your name and address to info[at]medact.org. We’d be happy to send you additional copies to give to others. Just let us know how many you need. In particular, it would be great if you could send a copy to your MP. Any small donations towards postage costs would be gratefully received.
The report is dedicated to Gill Reeve, former Director of Medact, co-founder of ICAN-UK and committed anti-nuclear campaigner, whose many years of creative work towards a peaceful future without nuclear weapons was an inspiration to us all.
ICAN Civil Society Forum
If just one of the world's 19,000 nuclear weapons was detonated, be it intentionally or accidentally, not only would it kill thousands of people instantly, but, as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has concluded, first responders would be unable to provide the emergency relief so urgently needed. This makes the continued existence and deployment of nuclear weapons one of the most serious humanitarian challenges of our time.
To demonstrate that a treaty banning nuclear weapons is both possible and urgently needed, ICAN will host the Civil Society Forum on 2-3 March 2013. We have invited hundreds of people from all corners of the world to give inspiring speeches, participate in informative workshops, engage in lively discussions and of course, to have fun.
IPPNW to President Obama: Stop subcritical nuclear tests!
The United States conducted a subcritical nuclear test on 5 December 2012. Such tests undermine one of the main purposes of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which is to prevent the development of new warhead designs. IPPNW reacted and sent an open letter to President Obama protesting against the conducting of subcritical nuclear tests and calling for a cessation of any such testing in the future.
IPPNW Campaign begins in Iran
In a fine example of IPPNW's physician-to-physician diplomacy, an international IPPNW delegation has been meeting with campaigners and activists in Iran from November 12-15, including one high-profile event at the Tehran Peace Museum which has garnered local media attention. The delegation also visited Shahid Behesty University and area hospitals during their stay.
Mental Health Policy in Iraq since 2003
A Post-Invasion Analysis - report launch
Medact's report dedicated to Dr Jack Piachaud was launched at the 2012 AGM of the Iraqi Mental Health Forum UK, and in collaboration with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, on October 27th 2012. The meeting included presentations on the background and recommendations of the report, and on the activities of the Iraqi Mental Health Forum and the Iraq Sub-Committee of the Royal College of Psychatrists and their projects in Iraq.
Lessons from Cuba, 50 years on
Frank Boulton looks back and considers what has changed
In late October 1962 Cold War Watchers were horrified by the imminent prospect of global annihilation. John Kennedy, the charismatic but mercurial American President, had over 20,000 nuclear warheads under his command; Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet Leader, had about 2,000. Berlin had been a flash-point ever since the Soviet blockade of 1948. Many American weapons were based in Europe and Turkey, targetting Russian cities: more were on missiles, aircraft, ships and submarines. In contrast the Soviets’ weapons were restricted to the admittedly extensive territories of the USSR and its satellites, and a few diesel submarines. The Russians felt encircled and were searching for a strategic response.
ICAN Sweden holds Campaigner Weekend
On October 27th and 28th, ICAN Sweden gathered over 20 future anti-nukes campaigners for a weekend course entitled "Nuclear weapons, peace and disarmament". The course included topics such as the functioning of nuclear weapons, their environmental and humanitarian consequences, the current political landscape regarding disarmament and the proposition of a global ban. Using their newfound knowledge the participants tackled issues such as the funding of nuclear weapons, political paralysis and low public awareness, while developing their own action ideas through an interactive campaigning workshop.
Voices from Hiroshima and Fukushima
When Peace Boat's 77th voyage docked in Greece, a delegation of four Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) from Hiroshima and two students from Fukushima University visited local officials in Piraeus and Athens as part of the Global Hibakusha Project. The four from Hiroshima had previously been giving testimony in Israel and joined the ship in Egypt where they gave testimony in Cairo. The visits in Greece were organised in coordination with Maria Sotiropoulou, Greek Affiliate at International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)
Protecting health after the Fukushima nuclear disaster
Following the IPPNW (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War) World Congress in Hiroshima on August 24-26, the related symposium in Tokyo, and their visit to Fukushima to meet with local medical professionals on August 28, international medical experts from IPPNW will held a press conference on the medical and health issues related to Fukushima on Wednesday August 29.