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IndependentWHO – Health and Nuclear Power

IndependentWHO – Health and Nuclear Power

«The World Health Organisation (WHO) is failing in its duty to protect those populations who are victims of radioactive contamination.»

Last Friday 5th July 2013 I went to participate for few hours to the Independent WHO’s vigil in Paris in front of the French Ministry of Health, where I met a few Anti-nuke veterans,
I believe that this Vigil is in fact particularly important, as it denounces the treacherous 1959 agreement made betwween the WHO and the IAEA, with a continuous citizen’s presence demanding due real protection from the WHO and each country’s Health Department,

I do think it would be great if the Vigil was extended from Geneva and Paris in Europe to USA and Japan, by having the American people also having a vigil in front of their own Health Department in Washington D,C, and the Japanese people as well in Tokyo in front of Japanese Health Ministry, so that people on 3 continents would be united in denouncing that devious agreement, demanding for its reviewing and its revocation, as this agreement is maintaining a conflict of interest keeping the WHO subservient to the nuclear own interests of the IAEA, therefore blocking the WHO to perform its dued mission of protecting internationally the people from all kinds of sanitary dangers

The Vigil for June 2013 – Geneva and Paris
« Since April 26, 2007, the Hippocratic Vigil has been held outside the WHO headquarters in Geneva, which now makes a total of 322 weeks without interruption. The vigil consists of a silent presence that aims to remind the World Health Organization of its obligations as set out in its constitution. We have added the name of Hippocrates to our description because of the ethical rules he instituted for health practitioners. As far as the protection of the health of people affected by the consequences of the nuclear industry is concerned, the World Health Organization ignores these rules.
The Vigil takes place outside the WHO headquarters in Geneva every working day from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and in Paris every Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

We now believe it is important to address ourselves to those who are partly responsible for deciding WHO policy. It is for this reason that, on 9th November 2012, we began a Vigil outside the Ministry of Health in Paris. The Ministers of Health are the representatives of the member countries of WHO, and they are involved in deciding the policies and actions that this institution pursues in the area of radioprotection.
We will maintain this silent and peaceful vigil every Friday from 9am to 5pm outside the Ministry of Health in Paris, until France takes the necessary steps to ensure that WHO fulfils its mission to protect the population from radioactive pollution, and that a programme of independent research is put in place on a national and / or European level, on the theme of “Health and nuclear power”.

Links to the Independant WHO’s website in several languages:
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The Agreement WHA 12-40 between WHO and IAEA

Agreement between the WHO and IAEA in 1959

WHO / IAEA Conflicts of Interest

Agreement Between the International Atomic Energy Agency
and the World Health Organization

Toxic link: the WHO and the IAEA A 50-year-old agreement with the IAEA has effectively gagged the WHO from telling the truth about the health risks of radiation

WHO agreement with IAEA

Conflict of interest between IAEA and WHO

WHO and why they should not be in bed with the IAEA


UN human rights report issues critique on Japan’s handling of Fukushima impacts, especially radiation exposure

 UN Special Rapporteur, Anand Grover, has now released an advanced unedited report on the state of human rights in Japan following Fukushima fallout. Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Mission to Japan (15 – 26 November 2012) makes several recommendations on implementation of nuclear emergency response systems, monitoring health effects subsequent to an accident, policy changes on radiation dose information, decontamination, compensation and transparency within the regulatory framework. Here are some highlights:
Continue monitoring the impact of radiation on the health of affected persons through holistic and comprehensive screening for a considerable length of time and make appropriate treatment available to those in need;

Refrain from restricting examination for internal exposure to whole-body counters and provide it to all affected population, including residents, evacuees, and to persons outside Fukushima prefecture;

Formulate a national plan on evacuation zones and dose limits of radiation by using current scientific evidence, based on human rights rather than on a risk-benefit analysis, and reduce the radiation dose to less than 1mSv/year;
Provide, in schoolbooks and materials, accurate information about the risk of radiation exposure and the increased vulnerability of children to radiation exposure;
Incorporate validated independent data, including that from the communities, to monitor radiation levels.

Formulate urgently a clear, time-bound plan to reduce radiation levels to less than 1mSv/year;
Clearly mark sites where radioactive debris is stored;
Provide, with the participation of the community, safe and appropriate temporary and final storage facilities for radioactive debris;
Make information collected by the Nuclear Regulation Authority, including regulations and compliance of nuclear power plant operators with domestic and international safety standards and guidelines, publicly available for independent monitoring;
Ensure that TEPCO and other third parties are held accountable for the nuclear accident and that their liability to pay compensation or reconstruction efforts is not shifted to taxpayers.

Include cost of reconstruction and restoration of lives within the relief package;
Provide free health check-ups and treatment that may be required for health effects from the nuclear accident and radiation exposure;
Ensure that compensation claims by affected persons against TEPCO are settled without further delay;
The Special Rapporteur urges the Government to ensure effective community participation, especially participation of vulnerable groups, in all aspects of the decision-making processes related to nuclear energy policy and the nuclear regulatory framework, including decisions regarding nuclear power plant operations, evacuation zones, radiation limits, health monitoring and compensation amounts.
NOTE: The position of UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health was created in this century. This interim report on the Fukushima disaster appears to represent the first time an investigation has linked health impacts of industrial radiation from a nuclear catastrophe to human rights — in this case the right to health for both children and adults.