It’s 25 Chernobyl years.
25 Years of lies by the IAEA and the WHO.
25 years of suffering.With still more than 2 million people living in contaminated areas in Belarus. 1000.000 Children are ill.
Therefore, the Federal Working Agency Chernobyl (web) of Germany organizes a bus tour through Europe:
The trip will consist of three stages:
- Minsk Garden of Hope: The peace tour starts and ends in Minsk in the “Garden of Hope” where vigils (sit-ins) and candle burning actions will take place on the commemoration day. Byelorussian participants as well as organizers will assemble in Minsk and international participants can join at this point. The Foundation “The Children of Chernobyl” is responsible for the organization and program of the trip and will decide on the itinerary. If possible, a group of animators should be included.
- Intermediate stops: bus of the foundation will transport us. En route, people can join, for example, in Poland, Germany, Benelux countries, Switzerland, among others. If there are not enough places, there will be an additional bus. Stops will be made where initiatives have taken to invite the group. The organizers in these places are responsible for lodging – in families, youth hostels and other places – and for a program – possibly with guests (where donations can be requested), for ex.: memorial services, vigils (sit-ins), laying of wreaths, memorial unveilings, etc.
Reports from “witnesses” – this does not only include guests from Byelorussia but also local people, parents, teachers, doctors, local authorities who were responsible at that time, on how they witnessed the shock of Chernobyl, in towns, schools, etc.
Reading literature on Chernobyl, possibly by authors, people who are known in the area, in churches, schools etc., at a “reading night” with Chernobyl cultural events with guests – theater, music, exhibitions, etc. Special actions: Theatre in pedestrian zones, paintings, and a display of the ‘Chernobyl candle’, catastrophe exercise, stock of milk powder for infants distributed in little bags, ‘mushroom’ soups, nuclear chain reactions, etc.
In any case, the reason and aim of the “Peace Journey through Europe” in April 2011, should be made clear through reports, media, etc.
The return trip could be similar.
- Meeting place Geneva: Aim and meeting place is Geneva, with a participation in the (memorial) vigil (sit-in) on 26 April 2011 in front of the WHO – also for those who arrive by private car, bicycle, on foot, tractor, etc. Accommodation: Youth hostel in Geneva and surroundings, hotels, or private homes, etc. The Federal Association of ‘ For the Children of Chernobyl’ in Germany) will be responsible for preparation and organization.
An international group should already join the participants in Minsk.
- Invitation to the federal government / German Greens in the federal state “Niedersachsen”:
Candle actions everywhere
with the symbol of the Chernobyl candle
The “Chernobyl candle” is the center of all candle actions. It reminds and warns everyone in a peaceful way and cannot be overlooked. Everybody
can take part in such an action by placing a candle in the window to remember together with host families the Chernobyl disaster:
- for all who have become victims of this ‘invisible war’, who suffer from it and have to carry the consequences for the children of Chernobyl as well as
- for all children whose lives have been and will be destroyed through atomic action
- for our friends and partners in Byelorussia
- for all courageous and engaged people who oppose the atomic threat and who stand up for life
- for the participants of the ‘peace journey’
- for a world without atomic threat – each nuclear power plant is a potential atomic bomb
- for free access to medical data and information without any hesitation, imposed silence, according to the statutes of the WHO
- for people who do not withdraw from their responsibility
- for bridges of humanitarian cooperation
Where there is church involvement, Western Easter (24./25.04.2011) could be a focal point with the use of the Easter candle.
The WHO constitution describes 22 actions which are to enable it to obtain its medical goals. One can read that it is mandatory to give the widest possible information on health problems to the population so that it can come to its own conclusions.
The main goal of the IAEO is ”to accelerate and promote the nuclear industry for peace, health and well-being of the whole world”. Almost
by way of parenthesis it is underlined that the IAEA is also accountable for health in the field of nuclear industry.
The contract of 1959
The main point of the contract between WHO and IAEO: No public information on health problems when could influence the development of nuclear industry.
This commitment to keep secrecy is however totally against the WHO statutes which state that the public be informed. Consequently, it seems that the world is being kept in the dark concerning risks from the nuclear industry or, so to say, protected from the truth. It will still be worse when it comes to information and protective measures regarding the expected waste from the nuclear industry, as was in the case after Chernobyl, because first of all the promoters of nuclear power plants will be financially protected (Prof. Dr. M. Fernex, France).
“The peak of the number of concerned persons will only be visible by 2016. The heritage of Chernobyl will accompany us and our children,
for generations” (Kofi Annan, former U.N. general secretary). He surely has the information from WHO. We want to know this, too
To tell the truth
1. Unforgettable is the date of 26 April 1986. It was with horror that all of Europe observed what happened in the former Soviet Union: The unimaginable, the ‘GAU’ of a nuclear power plant, a super-GAU – bigger than the greatest imaginable accident. This horror was called Chernobyl. Europe was scared, fear over the children, helplessness, what shall we do, what are we allowed to eat, how can we protect ourselves? Europe was lucky. Immediately affected however were the regions around the nuclear reactor in the Ukraine, Russia and in large parts of White Russia/Belarus. However, nothing of all this was known in the beginning. There was nothing but silence, repression, bluff. The then politbureau of the USSR had ordered silence. Silence was maintained by all means.
Europe, however, should remember and hear the warning.
2. Only the civil movement could and would not be silent. On its very own it wanted to find out. It informed its own population and the world at large. It tried to make known this disaster by involving the media, by ways of scientific congresses, with civil rights’ engagement, to bring Glasnost and Perestroika into the disaster. It organized immediate aid for children and for the people in the heavily affected regions. A world-wide network of self-help and humanitarian cooperation developed – marked by international solidarity with the courageous people who took their fate into their own hands, who broke through the silence, who brought light into the darkness. It is the civil rights movement who up to this date carries out international humanitarian programs and who, in deep solidarity, stands on the side of the afflicted and engaged people. It is the international citizens movement who over and over again calls for the truth – particularly today, 25 years after the ‘Chernobyl’ disaster. This memory moves between the two poles: solidarity and truth. We need free information and medical data over ‘Chernobyl’. The real situation at that time and today must be transparent and made known.
3. After a short democratic opening in Belarus, silence has again been installed. The silence has an international dimension. The silence which had once been ordered by the politbureau of the Communist party of the Soviet Union is today being steered by the IAEO. The IAEO is subordinate to the U.N. Security Council where the five leading nuclear powers have the word. The whole military-industrial nuclear complex wants ‘Chernobyl’ forgotten. The nuclear lie is, not the least, the result of the agreement of 1959 between two U.N. organizations: the IAEO and the WHO. As to nuclear issues, the WHO is only allowed to publish what is agreed to with the IAEO. There have already been publications that had to be destroyed, and congresses had to be cancelled. This is how in the end physicists and politicians decide over what medical doctors have to say.
Remembering and Reminding
WHO has an enormous amount of medical documentation, data and information with regard to ‘Chernobyl’ and to the whole nuclear program. However, silence is the order. Facts and data cannot be obtained anymore. The IAEO declares today as it did in 1986 “Chernobyl is not that bad” – only 31 dead and – in the meantime they admitted that there are some cases of thyroid cancer in children. IAEO even starts a counter attack: What is really bad is how one speaks about Chernobyl. Many negative initiatives create insecurity among people and make them depend on outside support, plunging them into apathy and poverty.
The ‘atomic lie’ then leads to a direct battle against civil society – not only in Belarus. Much has in the meantime been destroyed. Humanitarian cooperation is constantly being threatened and hindered. The more necessary is the call for truth.
4. One should remember that ‘Chernobyl’ does not belong in a museum but remains a constant challenge today and tomorrow: To stand for the cause of free access to all necessary information, for an “independent WHO”, that the agreement of 1959, which leaves people to suffer, be suppressed, that silence be broken, that the truth about the consequences of Chernobyl for life and health be put on the table, that the whole dimension for man and environment become visible. Because the medical records will show that for a long time to come ‘Chernobyl’ is not over, it continues to threaten the people in Belarus, Russia, the Ukraine, Europe. Genetic consequences cannot yet be estimated. The atomic lie is like an octopus that spreads its deadly arms over humanity, like cancer which starts to grow and forms metastases. The whole Chernobyl work depends on medical data and facts. For its humanitarian programs, it depends essentially on up-to-date information on radioactive emissions, on the consequences of nuclear contaminaon and the health situation. Whoever accepts the “atomic lie” makes civil movements and humanitarian cooperation loses ground, and leaves children and the weakest to their fate.
5. At the same time, ‘Chernobyl’ is a symbol for taking the wrong path and for the disaster of the whole military-industrial nuclear program. Silence, bluff, repression, is worldwide. The consequences are incalculable.
6. For many years, vigils (sit-ins) for an independent WHO on a local and international level, take place in Geneva in front of WHO. Chernobyl is constantly being remembered and the truth about the ‘nuclear lie’ is being remembered. They need support, especially also from Germany. German initiatives are missing here. The 26th of April 2011 therefore offers the possibility to participate in Geneva in these vigils (sit-ins) to protest against the ‘nuclear lie’ and to make visible these events and actions. The “peace journey through Europe” and candle action will serve this aim.
For further information: www.independentwho.info
SEE YOU ON THE ROAD!