International ecological Organization Greenpeace presented an independent research on the aftermath of Chernobyl disaster

2006 2006-06-07T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Greenpeace experts state that the official position of the international community regarding the results of Chernobyl disaster is far from being objective. Last autumn the UN together with IAEA and WHO released a review which said that the aftermath of the catastrophe were not extraordinary and large-scale.
The report was prepared by more than 50 scientists from different countries. According to the research, the disaster caused nearly 100,000 deaths, instead of 4,000 stated by the official international experts. Except Belarus, Russia and Ukraine, many other European countries suffered from it. Ivan Blokau, a Greenpeace representative, says: The aim of the report was to show the actual scale of the tragedy. One should not use the words said by the former IAEA head, that the world could bear one Chernobyl per year. The world cannot bear a single Chernobyl.

According to Mr. Blokau, the report also refutes the statements of the official researchers about the impractibility of mass resettlement of people and financial expenses for fighting the aftermath of the disaster on the contaminated territories. The opinion of the independent experts is supported by the well-known politician and scientist Stanislau Shushkevich: The IAEA report was meant to eliminate fear of atomic energy. I do not think that the report was somewhat shady. Therefore Greenpeace has a right to do it.

The UN and IAEA report was another reason for Belarusian authorities to say avowedly about the construction of a nuclear plant, to propagandize possibility of healthy life on the contaminated territories, as well as to sink the truth. That is why distribution of true information about the aftermath of the tragedy is crucially important, says one of the adherents of anti-nuclear Belarus, ex-member of the House of Representatives Uladzimir Parfianovich: There is no truth about Chernobyl, no truth is spoken about Chernobyl, about the diseases that people suffer from. Food Belarus is very contaminated and dangerous. That is why people should know the truth about this danger.

According to the UN report prepared together with the IAEA and WHO experts, there was no recorded growth of diseases on the territories around Chernobyl, as well as no decline in birth-rate and congenital defects. Still the largest medical problem is not the physical health of people, but the psychological stresses caused by the misinformation about the danger.

The UN and IAEA report was criticized by many public and ecological organizations. The international organization Doctors of the World for the Prevention of Nuclear War blamed IAEA WHO for tendentiousness and attempts of concealing the true scale of Chernobyl disaster, said Radio Liberty.