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Depleted uranium

PAX works to prohibit the use of weapons containing depleted uranium.

Situation & Urgency

After the 1991 Gulf War, reports circulated that said depleted uranium was responsible for many health problems among veterans and Iraqi civilians. Since then, depleted uranium has been the subject of a heated international discussion. Recent research shows that depleted uranium can, indeed, harm people and the environment. It is vitally important for everyone to know about its potential consequences.

PAX believes that with a prohibition, the Netherlands supports the international call for transparency and offers this transparency to its own military personnel. Because it is part of a coalition, the Netherlands works in places where depleted uranium has been used. The consequences of this use in Iraq also need studying. The Iraqi government needs help cleaning up contaminated areas. Read more about our work in Iraq.

Activiteiten & Resultaten

  • Report Laid to Waste

    Report Laid to Waste

    The report Laid to Waste by Dutch peace organisation PAX has found that the lack of obligations on Coalition Forces to help clean-up after using depleted uranium (DU) weapons has resulted in Iraqi civilians and workers continuing to be exposed to the radioactive and toxic heavy metal years after the war. Download the report Laid to Waste.

  • Depleted Uranium: When the Dust Cloud Settles

    Depleted Uranium: When the Dust Cloud Settles

    Together with the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW) PAX has been working on a project to create an animated short film on the hazards of depleted uranium and the international campaign against its use. The aim of the movie, called ´Depleted Uranium: When the Dust Cloud Settles´, was to render down a complex issue into six and a half minutes.

  • Research project

    Research project

    PAX's research project on the toxic remnants of war focuses on the detrimental effects of poisonous substances released during conflicts. We started this project in April 2012, with the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW). Its purpose is to inventory and classify potentially harmful substances that are released during conflicts and that can have long-term, detrimental effects on health and the envir

  • Research report

    Research report

    PAX's research report entitled In a State of Uncertainty surveys the use of arms with depleted uranium in Iraq in the period 1991–2003 and the measures taken, if any, to prevent radioactive contamination there. The report shows its effects on health and offers recommendations to reduce risks.

Report Laid to Waste - footnotes



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Humanitarian disarmament - Middle East