Dossier : Dreadful effects of the
imposed upon the entire Iraqi society since 1990...
Are you afraid of this young Iraqi girl ?
Is she our ennemy ?
The sanctions against Iraq are the most comprehensive, total sanctions that have ever been imposed on a country. The situation at present is extremely grave [June 2000]. The transportation, power and communication infrastructures were decimated during the Gulf war, and have not been rebuilt owing to the sanctions. The industrial sector is also in shambles and agricultural production has suffered greatly. But most alarming is the health crisis that has erupted since the imposition of the sanctions.
(...) As has been documented by United Nations agencies, NGOs, humanitarian and human rights organizations, researchers and political leaders, the sanctions upon Iraq have produced a humanitarian disaster comparable to the worst catastrophes of the past decades. There is broad controversy and little hard evidence concerning the exact number of deaths directly attributable to the sanctions; estimates range from half a million to a million and a half, with the majority of the dead being children. It should be emphasized that much of the controversy around the number of deaths is only serving to obfuscate the fact that any deaths at all caused by the sanctions regime indicate grave breaches of humanitarian law and are unacceptable.
adverse consequences of economic sanctions on the enjoyment of human
rights, Working paper prepared by Mr. Marc Bossuyt, for the United
Nations' Economic and Social Council [PDF] [link
repaired in Dec.2014]
• Report from the Canadian mission to Iraq
[sorry, the site we had created for this report is offline, as it was hosted by Geocities which is no longer active.]
and pictures of my international solidarity trip to Iraq
by Michael Lessard from Quebec-Canada with the Veterans for Peace - Iraq Water Project (May 6 to May 18). His delegation also met the Voices in the Wilderness delegation (U.S. & U.K.).
Iraq's children suffer as war looms: The 1991 Gulf War has never really ended for most Iraqis, as the threat of another confrontation looms. War and sanctions have created a vulnerable population. By Caroline Hawley, BBC Baghdad correspondent, October 1st, 2002.
in our names! No More Economic Sanctions: The
Iraqi People Have Suffered Enough!
Dates Sales Make a Symbolic Breach in Sanctions
by Daniel Nelson (published on Friday, February 1, 2002 by
Annan concerned over shortfall of oil revenues to fund
relief effort (UN Press Release, Nov.21, 2001).
Denies Report That It Wants to Stop Iraq Bombing
(Bloomberg, Jan. 8, 2001).
News, March 2000, on recent
developments related to the anti-sanctions movement,
especially in Canada.
Transcripts from the Canadian Standing
Committee on Foreign Affairs (SCFAIT), in
Ottawa, Canada (March 2000), during which Canadian citizens,
social leaders and parliamentarians had the chance to
express themselves concerning the case of sanctions against
(All three represent an anti-sanctions stance; the pro-sanctions stance being already sufficiently publicised.)
the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq
The DroitVP would like to
mention that this documentary describes the clearest Crime
of war we can think of (see Clip 2: Felicity Arbuthnot
reports on the Bashiqa bombing). Clip 2 does not
explain as clearly as the complete documentary, but all in
all, 4 children, two adults and a flock of 300 sheep were
directly murdered by a fighter jet. There were no
buildings around nor any target possible and, since it was
on elevated ground, we presume the pilot could see who and
what he was killing. Furthermore, the pilot launched
his attacks more than once: this was not an accident.
An editorial from the prestigious British medical journal, Le
Lancet, Iraq medical system struggles
under war sanctions (Alan Mozes, Reuters
Health, May 29, 2000; cited in 'Yahoo! News: Health
The Orlando Sentinel, Try explaining to an Iraqi
mother why her child is dead, by Charley
Reese, Columnist. Jan. 27, 2000. (Will open in a
new window) One of the first 'mass media' newspaper to
clearly state the genocidal effects of the 'sanctions'!
Statement by the UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights about the Humanitarian situation of the Iraqi population (7 August 2002).
(...) recalling the disastrous situation of the Iraqi population caused by the embargo imposed for 12 years; wishing to reaffirm that measures such as embargoes should be limited in time, should in no way affect innocent civilian populations and, for obvious humanitarian reasons, should be lifted even if the objectives of the measures have not yet been attained; reaffirming the need to respect the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the relevant provisions of the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 and the two Additional Protocols thereto which prohibit the starving of civilian populations and the destruction of what is indispensable to their survival; underlining that such situations confront the United Nations with a serious moral dilemma (...)
The ICRC in Iraq – fighting despair
and disintegration (24-12-2002 ICRC
Human rights in
the balance, by Irene Khan, Amnesty
International Secretary General, Sept. 25, 2002.
at the "Baghdad Conference", May 7, 2002, Svend
Says Sanctions Kill Some 500,000 Iraqi Children
(Reuters on Yahoo!, Friday July 21, 2000).
Hans von Sponek becomes another UN official, working in Iraq, to demand the lifting of the 'sanctions'! New York Times article Added Dec 28, 1999
Britain urge UN official in Iraq to quit':
an article from the Financial Times. Added Nov. 21, 1999
on Human Rights decision 2000/112: "Humanitarian
situation of the Iraqi population", United Nations'
Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Sub-Commission on Human Rights
resolution (2000/25): "Adverse consequences of economic
sanctions", United Nations' Economic and Social
adverse consequences of economic sanctions on the
enjoyment of human rights, Working paper prepared
by Mr. Marc Bossuyt (for the United Nations'
Economic and Social Council).
Citations from eminent people about the so-called "economic sanctions" It is really worth reading! Modified: July 19, 2000
In 1996, present US secretary of state Madeleine Albright was asked the following question on CBS' 60 Minutes ("Punishing Saddam"; May 12, 1999) by Lesley Stahl:
We have heard that half a million children have died [in Iraq]. I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And you know, is the price worth it?
Albright infamously replied,
European Parlement's resolution on the situation in Iraq (Résolution du Parlement européen sur la situation en Irak) (Translation of: Procès Verbal du 13/04/2000 - Edition provisoire). This resolution is highly interesting since it demands that political and diplomatic measures be taken so that the sanctions can be lifted urgently, it demands that the Security Council clarify certain points that keep the sanctions in place indefinately and it also ask for an end to the illegal and constant bombing done by the United States and Great Britain. In French
Iraq: Paris implicitly
criticises Washington's 'blockings'.
(Reuters: March 10, 2000. On Yahoo! France:
Italy parliament wants end to embargo on Iraq (June 26, 2000. Reuters in ABC's Raw News).
for lifting of UN sanctions against Iraq
(Ashok Tuteja, Rediff.com, Sept 24, 2000)
of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and
International Trade of Canada
Canadian government's position on these sanctions.
Ottawa: Curbing Iraq's Ambitions is Plenty Costly
Canada aids `genocide' in Iraq: Ex-U.N. official.
Sanctions kill, says former U.N. official, By
Allan Thompson, Toronto Star Ottawa Bureau (December
Release: Coalition says "smart sanctions" will
have no impact on humanitarian crisis in Iraq.
A letter sent to the Canadian Minister of Foreign
Affairs, Lloyd Axworthy, by the Canadian anti-sanctions
movement (various groups and individuals)
demanding a change in policy and calling these extensive
'sanctions' a Crime against Humanity (in the very real and
legal sense). Click
here to read it
The "Quebec Association of Organisations for
International Cooperation" (AQOCI: L'Association
québécoise des organismes de
coopération internationale), regrouping about
forty NGOs have written a letter to the Canadian
government intitled Prise de position concernant le
bombardement contre l'Irak.