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[casi] Karima Bennoune on Iraq sanctions and human rights

Dear list members,

Karima Bennoune, a visiting professor at the Univerisity of Michigan's law
school and a former legal adviser to Amnesty International, has an article
in the European Journal of International Law issue earlier this year devoted
to issues surrounding Iraq (see  On p. 253, he writes

<quote begins>
Beyond mere humanitarian concern, it is important to view the impact of the
sanctions in human rights terms.  Perhaps most importantly, the sanctions
have devoured that most central of all human rights, the right to life, by
impeding provision of essential medical care or drugs, clean water and
adequate nutrition.
<quote ends>

He goes on to describe how the sanctions have also "undermined the enjoyment
of the full panoply of economic, social and cultural rights."

I quote from the passage above, though, as it seems to bear on the AI
mandate debate that we discussed on this list earlier in the year.


Colin Rowat

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