Subject: PRESS RELEASE English… Costa Rica Passes Landmark Depleted Uranium Legislation
San Jose, Costa Rica April 28th 2011
Costa Rica Passes Landmark Depleted Uranium Legislation
Yesterday, April 27, 2011, the Congress of Costa Rica passed a law prohibiting Uranium Weapons in its territories. Costa Rica becomes the second country in the world to pass such a law, Belgium was the first.
This law will prohibit the use, commerce, transit, production, distribution and storage of uranium weapons in Costa Rica’s territories.
This landmark legislation gives momentum to other countries seeking to pass similar legislation in their own countries. Presently New Zealand and Ireland are discussing similar legislation.
This bill was originally presented by former Congressmen Alexander Mora Mora who was also instrumental in guiding the Latin American Parliament in the passage of a Resolution calling for the prohibition of uranium weapons approved on September 10, 2009.
These efforts paved the way for the modification of Costa Rica´s Free Trade Zone Law in 2010 which prohibits companies from producing or selling uranium weapons in Costa Ricas FreeTrade zone.
The Costa Rican Congress has worked on this legislation for over two years and is to be commended for their work on this very important legislation, the bill now goes to President Laura Chinchilla for her signature.
This legislation will strengthen current efforts for an International Treaty banning uranium weapons often referred to as DU Weapons which are currently being used in armed conflicts.
Damacio Lopez, Executive Director
International Depleted Uranium Study Team (IDUST)