World Medical Association Calls for Nuclear Weapons to be Banned

 Sunday 19th October 2015 - for immediate release

The World Medical Association has unanimously passed a resolution (at 9 am Moscow time) calling on all governments to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons. This includes representatives from National Medical Associations in the USA, Russia, France, China and the UK -  all countries with extensive nuclear weapons arsenals. 

“We are on the brink of an historic moment when these appalling weapons are finally banned. The humanitarian consequences are just too catastrophic, and it is clearly time the world is no longer held hostage by a handful of nations” said Dr Margaret Beavis, President of the Medical Association for Prevention of War. 

“The deaths and injury caused by these weapons are so massive that there is no possible way to respond to the massive casualties in an attack. In addition we know even a limited nuclear exchange would create a decade long nuclear winter. This would result in major reductions in crop yields.  Detailed modelling shows that the subsequent famine would put the lives of two billion people in the world’s poorest nations at risk. We must ban and then eliminate these appalling weapons.”

“There is no ethical or moral alternative other than to prevent their use” said Dr Beavis.

Since the beginning of the year 119 nations have signed on to the Humanitarian Pledge, which commits to filling the legal gap to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons.

For more information contact Dr Margaret Beavis 0401 99 56 99

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