Jean-Luc Sans – Presentation to representatives of British, United States and Australian Nuclear Veterans in May 2018.
We are all involved in telling the legacy of the worst and most destructive invention mankind has ever produced: the nuclear bomb. Our essential role is to inform and raise awareness with the public as broadly as possible about the destructive reality of nuclear tests.
International meetings between associations and the sharing of information are most important for us to achieve this role. As soon as we organise international meetings, we attract media attention, particularly in France as the media there are keen to cover nuclear issues.
This is why we have to work in solidarity and share amongst ourselves for the benefit of all. Each organisation has their own goals and methods but ultimately meetings at international level must continue. I am telling you this because in October I will come to the end of my mandate as a President and my 4th mandate as the administrator of AVEN, and I have decided to step aside from these roles.
Now everybody knows that when the head of an organisation changes, certain previous achievements might not be properly recognized. However, I believe strongly that international exchanges and sharing between associations must continue. This is by far, the best way of combating the tactics used by our respective governments to deny our progress.
I am leaving the AVEN Presidency with the satisfaction of having completed my duty.
After 3 amendments of the compensation law voted in 2010, our nuclear veterans now enjoy at last a decent compensation.
Since September 2017 every civilian or military person who was affected by the fall-out, even at a minimal level, has been recognized as suffering from 1 of the 21 officially listed illnesses and as such has been compensated.
We have opted for compensation on an individual basis because of the large number of veterans involved. We thought the fairest manner of evaluating the amount of the compensation would be according to the damage suffered. Just to give an example: someone suffering a minor skin cancer is compensated with 20.000 euros while much more serious illnesses are compensated with up to 850.000 euros and in some cases even more.
Whilst I’m leaving AVEN, I will still be working within the nuclear survivor community as the founding president of OBSIVEN. I will continue the international struggle on the health effects of nuclear testing not just between veterans but amongst all people and all generations affected.
I will be working closely within the OBSIVEN movement worldwide for all our futures.