Critical Analyses of UNSCEAR report ”Levels and effects of radiation exposure due to the nuclear accident after the great-eastern-Japan earthquake and tsunami”
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Critical Analysis of the UNSCEAR Report “Levels and effects of radiation exposure due to the nuclear accident after the 2011 Great East-Japan Earthquake and tsunami” by Physicians for Social Responsibility, USA International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War / Physicians in social responsibility, Germany Physicians for Global Survival, Canada Mexican Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, Mexico Association of Guatemalan Physicians and Scientists for the Prevention of War, Guatemala Physicians for Social Responsibility / IPPNW, Switzerland Danish Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (DLMK), Denmark Medical Association for the Protection of the Environment and Against Nuclear and Biochemical Threat, Greece French Physicians Against Nuclear Weapons (AMFPGN), France Physicians Union Lege Artis, Serbia Dutch Medical Association for Peace Research (NVMP), The Netherlands Irish Doctors Environmental Association, Ireland Association of Physicians and Medical Workers for Social Responsibility / IPPNW, Kenya Society of Nigerian Doctors for the Welfare of Mankind, Nigeria Physicians for Social Responsibility, Egypt Physicians for Peace and Preservation of the Environment, Israel Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD), India Physicians for Peace and Social Responsibility, Malaysia Austrian Physicians against Violence and Nuclear Dangers (OMEGA), Austria I) Introduction The International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) is a global federation of doctors working towards a healthier, safer and more peaceful world. In more than 60 countries, our national affiliates are acting as advocates of nuclear abolition and proponents of a nuclearfree world. For its work, IPPNW was awarded the N obel Peace Prize in 1985. In 2011, the IPPNW Board of Directors unanimously agreed to adopt a more encompassing stance towards the goal of a nuclear weapons-free world by addressing the strong interdependency between the military and civilian branches of the nuclear chain. A world without nuclear weapons will only be possible if we also phase out nuclear energy. As physicians, we are also concerned about the environmental and health implications of all aspects of the nuclear chain – from the public health impact of uranium mining and the creation of large amounts of radioactive tailings, the inherent dangers of processing and transporting fissile material around the globe, the uncontrollable risks attached to the civil use of nuclear energy, the dual use capability of fissile material for both civilian and military purposes and the ensuing proliferation risk, all the way to the global health impact of nuclear weapons testing and the unsolved problem of nuclear waste. Every human being has the right to live in an environment free of radioactive contamination, compatible with health and well-being. After the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns in March of 2011, IPPNW physicians were approached by many affected families, local politicians and doctors in Fukushima and were asked for their expertise on the health effects of radioactive fallout. In the past three years, IPPNW physicians have been helping the people of the contaminated regions gather valid scientific information and protect their children from the harmful effects of radiation. In many instances, IPPNW has had to confront and publicly criticize attempts by the nuclear industry and its lobby groups to downplay the consequences of the catastrophe. We supported the families, doctors and scientists who opposed the government’s decree to raise the permissible annual radiation exposure level for children from 1 to 20 mSv and took a strong stance against the proponents of the Japanese “nuclear village” who publicly proclaimed that the increased radiation exposure would pose no harm to human health.
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