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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 sanctions. 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. I __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Yahoo! - Official partner of 2002 FIFA World Cup http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com _______________________________________________ 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 email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk