We call on those states responsible for the invasion and occupation of Iraq to terminate their illegal and immoral war, and express our solidarity with the Iraqi people in their struggle for peace, justice and self-determination.

In particular, we demand:

  1. An immediate end to the US and UK-led occupation of Iraq;
  2. Urgent action to fully address the current humanitarian crises facing Iraq’s people, including help for the more than three million refugees and displaced persons;
  3. An end to all foreign interference in Iraq's affairs, including its oil industry, so that Iraqis can exercise their right to self-determination;
  4. Compensation and reparations from those countries responsible for war and sanctions on Iraq;
  5. Prosecution of all those responsible for war crimes, human rights abuses, and the theft of Iraq's resources.

We demand justice for Iraq.

This statement was adopted by the Justice for Iraq conference in London on 19th July 2008. We plan to publish this more widely in future. If you would like to add your name to the list of supporters please contact us.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Beyond educide

Iraq’s former pride, its education system, has collapsed.  The international seminar in Ghent was a significant first step in determining whether the extrajudicial killings, abductions, forced displacement of Iraqi academics and other professionals, the destruction of the educational infrastructure, during the war and subsequent occupation, are indeed a case of pre-meditated elimination of Iraq’s intellectual elite and education system, and could constitute “Educide”.  This word has yet to enter the international dictionary of crimes; it is a composite of education and genocide which the author has combined to refer to genocide of the educated segments of Iraqi society.  It can only be hoped that both the International Court of Justice  and the International Criminal Court will pursue the question of possible educide in Iraq. -
 Hans Christof von Sponeck (former UN assistant of the Secretary General of the United Nations, member of the Advisory Committee of the BRussells Tribunal)

Sanctions, Occupation and the Struggle for Higher Education in Iraq
Recommendations of The International Seminar on the Situation of Iraqi Academics, 9/10/11 March 2011 Ghent University
(edited by Academia Press Ghent, ISBN 978 90 382 1885 4)
(published in English-Arabic – 200 pages)

BEYOND EDUCIDE is available in English-Arabic: order your copy here

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