Marshall Islands. During the year, concern grew that the
dome of concrete built in 1979 on the atoll Enewetak to
contain radioactive residual material from US nuclear
weapons explosions during the 1940s and 1950s. According to
the Marshall Islands Nuclear Commission, more than 99% of
the hazardous waste has leaked into the atoll's lagoon.
According to the President of the Commission, the
possibility of obtaining legal compensation from the US
government should now be examined.
In its report, the Commission highlighted several
consequences of the trial blasts, including people being
forced to leave their homes, the many cancer cases and the
US's refusal to help set up clinics for the care of people
In October, it was clear that the Marshall Islands will
have a place in the UN Human Rights Council. According to
CountryAAH, the country
will sit in the council for three years starting in 2020.
The same month, the government announced that a sea barrier
will be built on the island of Ebeye with financial support
from the World Bank. A total of USD 29 million has been
allocated for the project.