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10th Anniversary of sanctions on Iraq-press release

 Dear all

Please find press release below

AS seen on TV! (Sunday ITN , C4 News)





London Eye witnesses Foreign Office " crime against humanity"


Dave Rolstone, of Narbeth in Wales has climbed to the top of the Millenium Eye as part of a weekend of protest against sanctions on Iraq. Dave was there between 7 am and 8.30 am. He came down voluntarily and was arrested, then released without charge.

Dave is a member of Voices in the Wilderness, a group protesting against sanctions on Iraq. He said. "I have visited Iraq myself and seen first hand the devastating effects of economic sanctions. This governments policy is a crime against humanity."

Dave will join Monday’s anti sanctions Die In, where hundreds of people will assemble in peaceful protest in central London to mark the 10th anniversary of economic sanctions on Iraq. After gathering in Trafalgar Square at noon, protesters dressed in black will walk to the Foreign Office in Whitehall. Many of them, including Ms. Caroline Lucas MEP and Reggie Norton, former Oxfam field Director and trustee, will then commit nonviolent civil disobedience by staging a symbolic ‘die-in’ in the road outside the Foreign Office to represent the people who have died in Iraq as a result of sanctions. A large number of arrests are expected.

Economic sanctions were first imposed on Iraq on August 6 1990. In the decade since then, hundreds of thousands of children have died of starvation and disease brought on by the sanctions (1). Two former UN Humanitarian Co-ordinators for Iraq, Denis Halliday and Hans von Sponeck, have resigned in protest at the effect sanctions are having on ordinary people in Iraq. Denis Halliday stated that, "We are in the process of destroying an entire society. It is as simple and terrifying as that. It is illegal and immoral." Both men have called for the economic sanctions to be lifted immediately.

Monday’s demonstration is sponsored by a number of prominent groups and individuals, including Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Wales, Denis Halliday, Harold Pinter, Nabil Shaban, Jeremy Hardy, Mark Thomas, MPs Alice Mahon and Alan Simpson, MEP Caroline Lucas, Pax Christi and Red Pepper. The demonstration is organised by several groups including Voices in the Wilderness, Women in Black and Youth CND.


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Notes for editors

1. Unicef reported in 1999 that had the decreases in child mortality in Iraq in the 1980s continued into the 1990s, there would have been half a million fewer deaths of children under five in the years 1991-8. According to University of Colombia epidemiologist Dr Richard Garfield, most of these deaths were ‘primarily due to sanctions’. (Unicef, Child and Maternal Mortality Survey 1999, Preliminary Report)


  farbuthnot <> wrote:

hi - the (Irish) Sunday Independent have done me proud today - click world. Hope u approve. Fxx
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