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.

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Human rights and Iraq now: the results of Liberal intervention

When pressed about Iraq these days the warmongers (Jack Straw on a recent Any Questions springs to mind) usually fall back on the argument that a dictator was overthrown and that Iraq is now a fledgling democracy. You get the feeling that the neo-cons and associated new labour henchmen can actually feel quietly satisfied.

This is all nonsense. Anmesty International reports that the legal system is a travesty. This is perphaps not unexpected as the country is ruled by death squads and the instutional forms have been nurtured under the watchful eyes of the US Republican establishment.

That is if you manage to get in front of a court when the occupiers arrest you. More likely you will be held without trail as legal processes are not seen as neither here nor there by the occupiers.More likely you would be held as a "risk" in other words regardless of your innocence and the lack of evidence resulting from your innocence.Indeed your only crime might be working for Reuters.

Just the sort of situation that a home secretary near you can deport people back to face continuing serious human rights abuses.

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