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.

Thursday 18 February 2010

Latest news from IOF Newsletter No 140

More civilian deaths in a joint US-Iraq raid:

Governor wants apology and compensation from U.S. troops for killing 10 Iraqis
Azzaman reports (February 13th): The Governor of Missan has formally asked U.S. troops for an apology and compensation for the killing of 10 Iraqis in his province.
Mohammed al-Sudani described those killed in a joint U.S.-Iraqi operation as “martyrs” and said the victims’ families should be both “morally and materially” compensated.
Sudani said the operation was illegal because “it took place without permission from the local authorities.”

Lots of cases pending against the British government:

Iraqis claiming abuse by British forces
AFP reports (February 5th): Lawyers for scores of Iraqis who claim they were abused by British soldiers called for a public inquiry into how the country's forces have treated detainees during the US-led war.
A law firm representing 66 Iraqis said claims that British troops mistreated prisoners during the Iraq conflict were so numerous and similar that defence officials must hold a single inquiry into Britain's detention policy. British soldiers are accused by the claimants of subjecting Iraqis to rape, sexual humiliation and torture.
"There are so many cases and so many have so much in common - similar allegations at similar facilities, often involving the same people," said lawyer Phil Shiner, from the firm Public Interest Lawyers.

but rich pickings for some...

British firms vie for contracts in Iraq’s Basra
Azzaman reports (February 15th): The southern Iraqi Province of Basra has invited 25 British firms to persuade them to bid for contracts and invest in the impoverished region. The British business executives were led by Baroness Emma Nicholson.

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