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PRESS RELEASE Voices in the Wilderness UK 23rd May 2002 Contact: 07947839992/ 0845 458 2564 Iraqi airways sick bag to be auctioned in London Friday An Iraqi airways sick bag will be among dozens of more desirable items to be auctioned at an Iraqi sanctions breaking auction this Friday in London. (Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn 7.30pm). The bag was picked up (but not used) last week by Gabriel Carlyle, during a flight from Baghdad to Basra, through the so called "no fly zones" in Iraq. Gabriel was in Iraq as part of a Voices in the Wilderness sanctions breaking delegation. Other items to be auctioned include Iraqi headscarves, material, dresses, books, dates, soap, henna, postcards and stamp sets, all purchased last week in Iraq by the delegates. By purchasing, importing, and selling the goods, the delegation will be breaking the export sanctions on Iraq, punishable by five years in prison. (1) Gabriel, a communication support worker from Oxford, and Emma Sangster, an artist and designer from London who was also on the delegation will talk about what they found in Iraq last week and the discussions they had with senior UN officials. Uppermost in Gabriel's mind was the devastation which the military onslaught favoured by George Bush and Tony Blair is likely to cause. "It's inevitable that if the US and UK do launch another Desert Storm type attack on Iraq that they will destroy Iraq's infrastructure again, just as they did in 1991. We have had dire warnings from Carol de Rooy, the UNICEF representative in Baghdad that bombing could cause a "nightmare scenario" if it disrupts the food ration. Should Iraq's electricity system be targeted - as it was in 1991 - the water and sewage systems could collapse with truly catastrophic consequences." Attend the auction, hear eyewitness reports: Friday 24 May at 7.30pm, Conway Hall, Holborn, London. Contact: 0845 4582564/ 07947839992 (1) The legal status of selling goods exported from Iraq in this country is spelt out in the Iraq and Kuwait (United Nations Sanctions)(Amendment) Order 1990 of 29th August 1990. This states that 'Except under the authority of a licence granted by the Secretary of State under this order or the Import of Goods (Control) Order 1954(c) ... no person shall ... make or carry out any contract for the sale of any goods which he intends or has reason to believe that another person intends to export from ... Iraq.' _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk