Medical students at the IUPPNW India Peace Musuem in Napur learning about the devastation caused by nuclear weapons
The United Nations classifies three types of weapon as 'Weapons of Mass Destruction' (WMD) - nuclear, chemical and biological. All three have international treaties designed to control their manufacture. Chemical and biological weapons have treaties that outlaw their use in an attack. But the effects of the three different types of WMD on people and the environment are of a very different order of magnitude.
Proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, as well as their means of delivery, constitutes a massive threat to international peace and security. There is a real risk that terrorists may acquire, develop, traffic in or use nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Ensuring their abolition is therefore a key mission for the 21st century.
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Chemical Weapons in Syria - Medact statement Medact firmly believes that existing chemical weapons should never be used, and stockpiles should be eliminated in line with the Chemical Weapons Convention.
We call on all parties involved in the present conflict in Syria to ensure that any stockpiles of chemical weapons are protected from accidental release and that there is no intentional use, or threat of use, whatever the circumstances.
We call on all sides to cooperate with the UN and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria in his quest to resolve the present conflict through dialogue. The present suffering of civilians in areas controlled by the government and by the opposition forces is unacceptable and a ceasefire needs to be negotiated as soon as possible.
Chemical weapons are banned because of their capacity to cause indiscriminate deaths in large numbers and extreme suffering and disability. It is essential that whatever stockpiles of chemical weapons exist in Syria are maintained in a safe condition prior to their final elimination which should be achieved as rapidly as possible. A cessation of hostilities would significantly increase the chance that this will happen.
To download the statement click here 18/12/2012
Medact - Trident briefingOn July 21st Jack Straw announced that the House of Commons would vote on whether or not to maintain the Trident Missile System before the end of the year. To find out what the system consists of, its potential power and how much it costs click here.....04/08/2006
Trident's dependency on the United StatesIn a letter published in the Guardian this week Medact members Drs Liz Waterston and Douglas Holdstock corrected an inaccurate report which claimed that Trident could be 'operationally independent' of the United States.04/08/2006