Marshall Islanders go to US court over nuclear testing
Monday, 18 August 2008 00:00
MAJURO (Pacnews) — Bikini Islanders in the Marshall Islands hope their case for additional compensation for damage caused U.S. nuclear weapons tests by yield results, reports Radio New Zealand International.
Their quest to be given more money has been revived in a new round of litigation in the U.S. Court of Appeals, with a ruling expected in the next few months. The U.S. maintains that the issue has been settled in previous agreements.
Bikini Island Council representative Jack Niedenthal said if their legal bid fails, they may have to approach U.S. politicians.
“The only hope we have is going back to the U.S. Congress and asking them to help us, there’s nothing forcing them to help us so it’s sort of like banging a tin cup and it’s not a very good feeling to be doing that,” he said.