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Dear Hadi and list members, Rowan Williams has long been forthright in calling for an end to the economic sanctions against Iraq, signing up to several anti-sanctions statements including the IHT ad organised by Hans von Sponeck (see the link at www.viwuk.freeserve.co.uk) and the two statements below organised by Voices in the Wilderness UK for the 9th and 10th anniversary of the sanctions' imposition (in August 1999 and 2000 respectively), the latter of which appeared as a letter to the Editor in the Daily Telegraph on the 7th August 2000 and (in truncated form) in the Guardian on 3rd August 2000. Williams also provided a witness statement for the four people arrested and charged with highway obstruction at the 'Die-in for the People of Iraq' in August 2000, reiterating his support for their act of nonviolent civil disobedience. Certainly, he has been sufficiently outspoken for media commentators to have picked up on this eg. a recent profile in the Independent referred to his 'strong views about ... sanctions on Iraq' ('Intellect and humility - and very much his own man', Independent, 20 July). Best wishes, Gabriel voices uk ********************************** A. 10th anniversary statement, signed by Rowan Williams et. al. [appeared as a Letter to the Editor in the Daily Telegraph on Monday 7th August] August 6th will be the 10th anniversary of the imposition of economic sanctions on Iraq. Over the last decade, literally hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children have died as a result of these sanctions. The BBC’s John Simpson recently commented that ‘If people could hear and see what is being done in their names in Iraq, they would be outraged. But they don’t, so it continues.’ On Monday 7th August, there will be an act of mass nonviolent civil disobedience outside the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to demand an immediate and unconditional end to the economic sanctions. People from all over Britain will be there to say “no” to the violence being perpetrated by the British Government against ordinary men, women and children in Iraq. We agree with John Simpson, and are ourselves outraged at the continuation of sanctions and the concomitant suffering and death of people in Iraq. We fully endorse the action on August 7th and urge others who are similarly concerned to add their voices to the protest. Benjamin Zephaniah Caroline Lucas MEP Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Wales Jean Dreze Harold Pinter Andy de la Tour Geoff Simons Nabil Shaban Jeremy Hardy Bruce Kent ***************************************************** B. Statement for the 9th anniversary of the imposition of economic sanctions on Iraq. Circulated as a letter to the broadsheets in August 1999. We are deeply concerned at the humanitarian crisis being caused in Iraq by the comprehensive economic sanctions. We call on the government to respect the basic human rights of the Iraqi people, and to support the lifting of the crushing economic sanctions imposed on Iraq. A Humanitarian Panel of experts commissioned by the UN Security Council reported in April that ‘The gravity of the humanitarian situation of the Iraqi people is indisputable and cannot be overstated.’ The Panel found that child mortality had more than tripled during the period of sanctions. The Panel stated that while not all the suffering in Iraq was due to the sanctions, 'the Iraqi people would not be undergoing such deprivations in the absence of the prolonged measures imposed by the Security Council and the effects of war.’ The Panel concluded that because of the scale of the damage to the civilian infrastructure of Iraq, it was impossible for the ‘oil-for-food’ relief programme to meet the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi people: 'Regardless of the improvements that might be brought about in the implementation of the current humanitarian programme - in terms of approval procedures, better performance by the Iraqi Government, or funding levels - the magnitude of the humanitarian needs is such that they cannot be met within the context of the parameters set forth in resolution 986 (1995) [‘oil-for-food’] and succeeding resolutions...' According to the latest report of the UN Secretary-General (18 May 1999), a quarter of Iraqi children under five are chronically malnourished. Chronic malnutrition can cause lifelong mental and physical stunting. The proposals being put forward by Britain at the Security Council are, by the Foreign Office's own admission, much the same as those put forward by the Humanitarian Panel in April. The Panel said of its own recommendations, they 'may lead to incremental improvements'. Too little, too late. The catastrophe we are imposing on ordinary families in Iraq must end. We must stop making the health and survival of Iraq’s children conditional on the solution of the inspection crisis. We must lift the comprehensive economic sanctions immediately and unconditionally. Yours sincerely, Emma Thompson Benjamin Zephaniah Iain Banks Rowan Williams (Bishop of Monmouth) Andy de la Tour Bruce Kent Victoria Brittain Ralph Steadman Julie Christie -----Original Message----- From: HA <HA@flame2000.screaming.net> To: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 23 July 2002 18:33 Subject: [casi] A Suggestion [ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] Dear CASI Members, My name is Hadi and I am an Anglo/Iraqi post-graduate MA History student. Forgive me for not giving my full name or more personal information about myself as seems to be the custom on CASI E-Mail List. I have always held a rule of not releasing too much personal information on the internet for the whole world to see. I feel guilty to admit that I am a silent reader of CASI's E-Mail service, who is committed against sanctions against Iraq, but who is too pessimistic to engage in direct personal action. I know therefore after this honest admission that I do not have a right to offer a suggestion and deserve to be criticised if not condemned for my pessimistic stance. But I thought that I should raise this issue as nobody else has. I have read that the new Anglican Arch-Bishop of Canterbury, Dr Williams, is opposed to a new war against Iraq. I have only heard him speak once on this issue (I think it was the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4) and it seemed to me that his personal opposition was based on general Christian values against war and his distaste for American unilateralism rather than due to an in-depth knowledge of the whole Iraq saga (the inhumanity of sanctions, the myth of Iraq's threat to its neighbours, or WMD potential etc.). It has been said that he is a liberal activist and given his position he has a high profile. It occurred to me that as he would have a higher media profile than unfortunately any member of CASI and therefore it would be worthwhile if a senior member of CASI should write to or ring DR William's office for an appointment for a face-to-face interview. He is already sympathetic to calls against a renewed war against Iraq and perhaps a senior CASI member can arrange an appointment during which they can improve his knowledge of the whole Iraq saga (e.g. the history of the impact of sanctions etc) so that when he appears on mainstream media he is better informed to speak and more authoritative in his opposition to a new war against Iraq and sanctions. I am guessing that he is probably at this current time overwhelmed with interview requests from the mainstream media and other pressure groups on a variety of causes. But I think it would still be valuable for a senior member for CASI to request a personal interview on sanctions (regardless of how long it takes) which can be posted on CASI's website and in its literature. Once and if the interview is granted that senior member of CASI could then use the opportunity of the meeting to briefly and lucidly explain the impact of sanctions in order that he will be aware of the various realities ignored by mainstream media when he speaks to the mainstream media on issues related to Iraq. Best Regards All Hadi. _______________________________________________ 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 _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. 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