After marching to the World Health Organisation’s headquarters in Geneva, the members of “IndependentWHO – Health and Nuclear Power”, accompanied by members of the Swiss associations ‘ContrAtom’ and ‘Sortir du Nucléaire’ as well as a group of Japanese residents in Switzerland, presented a letter addressed to Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO. The letter (see below) requests, among other things, that Dr. Chan meet with IndependentWHO, members of Japanese NGOs and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Mr. Anand Grover. It also stresses the need for the WHO to become more involved in radioprotection after the Fukushima nuclear accident and deplores the recent WHO Health Risk Assessment on Fukushima for “conflict of interest and lack of independence”.
The group was received at the entrance to WHO Headquarters by Dr. Maria Neira, head of the WHO department for health and the environment. (IndependentWHO insists that WHO create a special department on radiation and health, which does not exist at present.) Among those taking part was Kazuko ITO of the Japanese NGO ‘Human Rights Now’, who was in Geneva to make statements (see below) on the right to health of Fukushima victims at the 22nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council. Her statements were co-signed by IndependentWHO.
Another action organised by IndependentWHO in Geneva is a photo exhibition “From Chernobyl to Fukushima” by Italian photo-reporter Pierpaolo Mittica officially opened on 7 March by the Mayor of Geneva Rémy Pagani and open until 28 March. On this occasion IndependentWHO presented the Mayor a copy in French of the recently published report on the “Scientific and Citizen Forum on Radioprotection: from Chernobyl to Fukushima" held in May 2012 in Geneva. An English-language version will be published in the near future and it is also hoped to issue a Japanese-language version.
George Gordon-Lennox Independent WHO