Chemical Warfare

22 August 1980

The 21st Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 19-23 August, 1980 in Hamden, Connecticut:

To the WILPF International Office:

Mindful of reports of genetic harm resulting from the use of Agent Orange by the U.S. military force in Vietnam, indicating a threat to the well-being of future generations;

Declaring that the responsibility to prove a substance safe rests with those authorizing its use;

Be it resolved that WILPF  (a) ask the U.S. government for a full investigation and report of the effects of defoliants, including Agent Orange, upon populations in Vietnam and on Vietnam war veterans, and (b) urge the United Nations to achieve a complete and effective ban on chemical weapons and insure destruction of current stocks, such ban and destruction to be permanently verified in genuine international cooperation, on the strength of and with the assistance of the recently reviewed 1971 Convention.