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Thank you for your prompt reply to my earlier e-mail. However, I am still unclear as to why AI should fail to "take a stance on sanctions, boycotts, or embargoes" due to its "impartial, independent" nature. The impartial, independent nature of AI does not stop us from taking clear stances against the death penalty, torture etc on an individual basis. Why then should it stop us taking a stance on a woder scale? What is it that makes one a concern for human rights and the other support for a particular government or ideology? I hope that your answer is able to clarify this issue for me. With best wishes Diarmuid Fogarty ----- Original Message ----- From: <email@example.com> To: "Diarmuid" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Thursday, June 20, 2002 4:49 PM Subject: Re: Amnesty International and Iraq > > Dear Diarmuid, > > Thank you for your email. As I am sure you are already aware, Amnesty > International is an independent, impartial organisation which does not > support or oppose any government or ideology. We therefore do not take a > stance on sanctions, boycotts, or embargoes. > > However, we do believe and expect that the UN Security Council should > periodically assess the impact that their sanctions have on the human > rights of the Iraqi population, and act on their findings as appropriate. > For more information, please read the following news release: > http://web.amnesty.org/ai.nsf/Index/MDE140061999?OpenDocument&of=COUNTRIES\I RAQ > > > I hope that you find this information useful. Thank you for your continued > concern and support. > > Yours sincerely > > > Information and Publicity Office > Amnesty International UK > _______________________________________________ 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