«The World Health Organisation (WHO) is failing in its duty to protect those populations who are victims of radioactive contamination.»

IndependentWHO is a grassroots movement, set up by a collective of associations and individuals.

Since 26th April 2007, the anniversary of the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power station, the collective has mounted a permanent, silent vigil in front of the WHO Headquarters in Geneva. Our objective is for the World Health Organisation (WHO) to fulfil its duty to protect those populations affected by radioactive contamination, and therefore, among other things, to revise the agreement that it signed with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 28th May 1959 (WHA 12-40). This agreement makes WHO subordinate to the authority of the IAEA, the global promoter of the nuclear industry, in matters relating to ionising radiation.

For that reason, every working day, between, 8am and 6pm, the Hippocratic Vigil is held in front of the WHO headquarters in Geneva to demand its independence.

The Vigil is only one of our actions: we are also involved in various other activities which put pressure on WHO to fulfil its duty to achieve: “the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health”. To this end, we have drawn up 7 demands that we believe WHO should put in place as a matter of urgency.

The actions of our group are supported by a large number of political groups, associations and grassroots movements.