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[casi] AI

I don't think anyone actually recounted what Amnesty
International had written in their report re Iraq in
2001 (a verbatim highlight copy follows) - is this
really so offensive? they are clearly stating that the
sanctions have had a serious negative impact on
ordinary people -

                   In Iraq which remained under
stringent economic sanctions imposed by the UN
Security Council since
                   1990, scores of suspected
anti-government opponents were arrested. The death
penalty continued to be
                   applied extensively while torture
of political detainees was systematic. Scores of
people, including
                   armed forces officers, were
executed and in some cases the bodies bore evident
signs of torture.

                   Civilian deaths resulting from air
strikes by the US and UK forces against Iraqi targets
were reported.
                   The civilian population of Iraq
continued to suffer severe hardship as a result of the

                   In Iraqi Kurdistan, controlled by
the two Kurdish political parties, prisoners of
conscience were detained
                   and armed Islamic groups were
reportedly responsible for abductions and killings.


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