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50 Years After Test 596 – Nuclear Testing in East Turkestan via Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization



Living in the Shadow of an Atom Cloud:
The Search for Victims’ Redress after China’s Nuclear Tests

Wednesday, 29 February 2012, 9.30 – 12.30
Room P7C050, Paul-Henri Spaak Building, European Parliament
60 Rue Wiertz, Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, 24 February 2012 – The nuclear accident at Fukushima, Japan, has once again shown risks of atomic programmes whether for war or peace. A year after the accident, more than 150,000 have had to flee their homes because of radiation contamination. Fukushima has reawakened international attention and created awareness on the devastating risks last raised by the Chernobyl incident of 1986.

Today, millions of people affected by military atomic tests and civil nuclear accidents over the last 50 years in different parts of the world are awaiting recognition and compensation for the health and environmental effects suffered, among them the predominantly Uyghur population in East Turkestan, China. Three decades of nuclear testing in the Lop Nor testing site have affected hundreds of thousands, and probably millions of people in the area. However, their fate is surrounded by silence.

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