Resources: Fact Sheet

Our resources pages list both downloadable resources — like documents, posters or media releases — and links to useful websites. To find resources on a specific issue on this page, click on the list below. To view resources by type, see the menu at left. More recently added resources are at the top.

MAPW - Conventions on chemical, biological and environmental warfare - 2014

Some methods of waging war are so inhumane, or represent such a violation of human rights, that their use is considered a war crime. Chemical and biological weapons, and environmentsl warfare, are all banned under international law, on these ground. This fact sheet gives a brief history and account of the international conventions concerned.

MPAW Constitution November 2014

 MAPW Constitution November 2014

MAPW International law and treaties Dr Peter Wigg 2014

A useful short account of how international law is established and how it functions, including an outline of the role of international treaties.

French nuclear tests in the pacific - health effects - 2014

France conducted atmospheric and underground nuclear bomb tests at Mururoa atoll in the Pacific between 1960 and 1996. The official position is that these were particularly clean.

The War to End All Wars: honouring the dead by learning the lessons

The "war to end all wars" ushered in a century of violence on an unprecedented scale. A hundred years on, the lessons to be learned appear buried beneath a barrage of commemorative activities. MAPW believes that Australia could best honour those who died by learning from the past.

Changes to the MAPW Constitution : a briefing for MAPW Members

This fact sheet explains why the MAPW constitution needed to change, what changes are being proposed and the purpose of these changes.

Radiation and Health

Produced for the energyscience.org.au website Radiation and Health by Dr Bill Williams outlines why there is no safe “dose" of ionising radiation.

Current research evidence about health problems from radiation - by Dr Margaret Beavis (May 2014)

This plain language fact sheet outlines current research evidence about health problems from radiation

 Executive Summary

Update on the Outcomes of the Second Conference on the Humanitarian Effects of Nuclear Weapons, Mexico 13-14 February 2014

 This report contains detailed information about what happened at the recently concluded conference in Nayarit, an evaluation from IPPNW’s perspective, and recommendations for concrete actions by IPPNW

The Arms Trade Treaty - a public health imperative

The poorly regulated $70 billion annual trade in conventional arms fuels conflict, with devastating effects on global health. The ATTaims to ‘reduce human suffering’. It prohibits arms’ sales if there is knowledge that the arms would be used in the commission of genocide, attacks against civilians, or war crimes.

Australian veterans' health: Afghanistan - MAPW War and Health fact sheet 8

"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: WW2 - MAPW War and Health fact sheet 3

"Australian veterans' health: WW2" is No 3 in the MAPW series of 2-page fact sheets, Australia: War and Health. The fact sheet discusses  health effects of WW2 on Australian military and veterans.

Australian veterans' health: Iraq War - MAPW War and Health fact sheet 7

"Australian veterans' health: Iraq War" is No 7 in the MAPW series of 2-page fact sheets, Australia: War and Health. The fact sheet discusses documented health effects of the Iraq War on Australian veterans, including psychological disorders and in particular Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Australian veterans' health: Gulf War - MAPW War and Health fact sheet 6

"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 - MAPW War and Health fact sheet 5

"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.