Downloads related to "Conflicts by region"
MAPW wrote to the Prime Minister, Foreign and Defence Ministers on 22 June 2013, to express concern at the terrible bloodshed and suffering that is occurring in Syria, noting some evidence on the humanitarian effects, and with a series of recommendations including that Australia call for a cessation of arms supplies by all parties, including our allies.
"Australian veterans' health: Afghanistan" is No 8 in the MAPW series of 2-page fact sheets, Australia: War and Health. The fact sheet discusses documented health effects of the war in Afghanistan on Australian military and on veterans, including deaths, injuries, long-term health effects, and psychological effects.
"Australian veterans' health: Gulf War" is No 6 in the MAPW series of 2-page fact sheets, Australia: War and Health. The fact sheet discusses documented effects of the Gulf War (or first Iraq War) including chronic fatigue and high levels of psychological disorders including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It also discusses the debate and evidence on Gulf War Syndrome.
"Australian veterans' health: Vietnam" is No 5 in the MAPW series of 2-page fact sheets, Australia: War and Health. It documents death and injuries suffered by Australian troops in Vietnam, the disproportionate casualties among conscripts; and the severe long-lasting health effects on veterans, their children, and future generations. Long term-effects include cancers, hearing loss, infectious diseases, mental health problems, and addiction. Three quarters of veterans suffer some health impact resulting from service in Vietnam.
"Australian veterans' health: Korea" is No 4 in the MAPW series of 2-page fact sheets, Australia: War and Health. Troops were wounded by gunfire, and suffered the effects of trench warfare in a severe climate. The fact sheet also documents longer term health effects for veterans, including a high level of cancers, and mental health effects; with reminiscences from gardener Peter Cundall.
A 5 April 2013 letter from IPPNWi Co-Presidents - including MAPW's Tilman Ruff - to the leaders of North and South Korea and the USA, urging them to prevent the use of nuclear weapons. The letter reminds the leaders of the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, and the bankruptcy of the concept of nuclear deterrence. It notes the importance of a treaty that bans and eliminates nuclear weapons, and calls for and end to inflammatory behaviour and for the re-opening of diplomatic channels.
From the IPAN forum held in Melbourne19 march 2013 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, this is the presentation given by MAPW President Dr Jenny Grounds.
The Strange Difficulty of Establishing an Arms Trade Treaty: a paper written by psychiatrist Dr Peter Wigg in early 2013 discussing the international weapons trade in the light of his recent experiences caring for victims of war in the Middle East, and describing negotiations at the UN to establish the first ever international treaty controlling the trade in arms.
This statement by MAPW considers the health and humanitarian outcomes of Israel's blockade of Gaza; the need of all parties to comply with international humanitarian law; the costs of the November conflict in terms of deaths and injuries; and the humanitarian catastrophe that would be caused by any use of Israel's nuclear weapons. The statement sets out a position supporting the right of all to live free from armed conflict, and urges action including the lifting of the blockade, immediate humanitarian aid to Gaza, and a genuine peace process.
Invisible victims: the effects of structural violence on infant and child mortality in Papua Barat, Indonesia in the context of Human Rights is a Masters thesis by Stella Roos Peters of Utrecht University submitted August 20, 2012.
As well as describing medical facilities in the region the paper gives statistics on infant and child mortality, contrasting those of Papuan and non Papuan groups.
Media release for the launch by the Iraq War Inquiry Group, at Parliament House, Canberra, of a call for an independent inquiry into how Australia got into the Iraq War; and the release of a booklet supporting this call. 16 August 2012.
What led to Australia invading Iraq in 2003? The Iraq War Inquiry Group is calling for an enquiry into the reasons behind Australia's participation in the invasion and a review of the war powers of the government, to draw out what lessons can be learned for the future. The case for an inquiry is set out in detail in a new booklet, “Why did we go to war in Iraq? A call for an Australian inquiry”, produced by the Iraq War Inquiry Group. The group consists of Australians from diverse backgrounds who are concerned that there has been little informed public discussion of the lessons to be learned from the decisions that took us to war in 2003.
A flyer to advertise the call for an inquiry into Australia's intervention in Iraq. The Iraq Inquiry Group is launching a call for an in-depth, high-level and independent inquiry into how Australia became involved in the invasion.
This article by Tim Wright (first published in the Alternative Law Journal, Volume 34, No.3, 2009) assesses whether there is a legal and factual basis for the International Criminal Court to investigate and prosecute Australian leaders and soldiers for war crimes committed in Iraq. It looks primarily at the participation of Australian armed forces in indiscriminate cluster bomb strikes and the second assault on Fallujah in 2004. While the evidence supporting action by the permanent court is strong, there appears to be little political will to put any western nationals on trial.
The Medical Association for Prevention of War (Australia) (MAPW) has issued a media release expressing concern at evidence that Australia deliberately tried to avoid its human rights obligations under the Geneva Convention in Iraq and Afghanistan. MAPW supports the call for a Royal Commission made by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre who have obtained information through Freedom of Information on the operations of the Australian Defence force, including the SAS.
This letter was written to The Canberra Times by MAPW's Dr Sue Wareham following an advertising feature placed in that newspaper by the government of Sri Lanka on the occasion of Sri Lankan Independence Day.