Health problems from China nuclear test program aired in Brussels
23 February 2012 1 Comment
Millions of people were subjected to China’s open-air nuclear testing in the Uyghur region, East Turkestan, China.
Yet nobody outside China knows the exact health impacts for this ethnic-minority, being forced to live under this permanent nuclear-cloud.
On February 29 2012, the European Parliament is holding a conference in Brussels to highlight this human-rights issue.
The Lop Nor testing site, located in East Turkestan (also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region), was used for a total of 46 individual nuclear detonations over three decades (1964–1996).
These were the largest ongoing series of tests ever to be carried out in a populated area. Since the open-air testing ended in 1996, the health and environmental impact of radioactive contamination on the Uyghur-population is little-known to outsiders — Lop Nor remains largely inaccessable to them…
Subject: Conference Invitation: Nuclear Testing in East Turkestan
Wednesday, 29 February 2012, 9.30 – 12.30
Room P7C050, Paul-Henri Spaak Building, European Parliament, 60 Rue Wiertz, Brussels, Belgium
László Tőkés MEP, in cooperation with Kristiina Ojuland MEP and Vytautas Landsbergis MEP, will convene a conference, ‘50 Years After Test 596: China’s Nuclear Programme in East Turkestan and Its Impact Today’ at the European Parliament in Brussels on 29 February 2012 in collaboration with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), and the Belgian Uyghur Association.
“With this conference, my colleagues and I wish to draw attention to the neglected topic of nuclear testing in East Turkestan, China, and make a call for a meaningful recognition of the civilian victims of the tests,” said László Tőkés MEP.
Multiple Nobel Peace Prize nominee and WUC President, Rebiya Kadeer, noted that “the Uyghurs have long suffered from the health and environmental effects nuclear testing in Lop Nor…it is time to address the devastating impact of radioactive exposure that have affected probably millions of people.”
While Beijing celebrates its nuclear capability, Marino Busdachin, UNPO General Secretary, warned that “a ‘Wall of Secrecy’ prevents experts from discovering the true effects of the Lop Nor tests and their real and devastating human cost in what amounts to a systematic violation of citizens rights”.
Among those contributing to the conference will be Enver Tohti (Uyghur and Independent Medical Researcher), Vincent Metten (International Campaign for Tibet), Dominique Lalanne (Nuclear Physicist and Chair of Abolition 2000 Europe), Robert Knoth and Antoinette de Jong (Authors of “Certificate no. 000358, Nuclear Devastation in Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus, the Urals and Siberia”). Under discussion will be possible compensation models and the scope for inclusion of the issue in future Human Rights Dialogues.
Registration is required and must be submitted before 24 February 2012.
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Organised by the Offices of László Tőkés MEP, Kristiina Ojuland MEP and Vytautas Landsbergis MEP, in collaboration with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization, the World Uyghur Congress and the Belgian Uyghur Association
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