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Hi all, Some recent Early Day Motions that may be of interest. For details of signatures, see edm.ais.co.uk. Best wishes, Jonathan --- EDM 579 HUMANITARIAN EFFECTS OF UK POLICY ON IRAQ 23.01.03 Cohen/Harry That this House notes that United Kingdom policy towards Iraq. prior to its support for the war effort of the United States, has had dire humanitarian consequences for the Iraqi people and this is confirmed by Mr Benon Sevan, the United Nations Under Secretary General in charge of Iraq's oil-for-food programme; notes that he has said that the new retroactive pricing initiative, introduced at the behest of the UK, whereby the Sanctions Committee sets the price for Iraqi oil several weeks after it is sold, along with the paralysis at that committee, has caused a 35 per cent. drop in the country's crude oil exports since November and that this has diminished the amount of money available for humanitarian aid; and further notes that the vast majority of Iraqi people hold to the view that western powers such as the United Kingdom, rather than Saddam Hussein are responsible for their economic impoverishment and that vindictive policies towards them such as the one highlighted by Mr Sevan give evidence of this. --- EDM 475 UN DRAFT DOCUMENT ON LIKELY HUMANITARIAN SCENARIOS 08.01.03 Cohen/Harry That this House notes the content of the strictly confidential United Nations draft document entitled Likely Humanitarian Scenarios, which has been published on website www.casi.org.uk/info/undocs/war021210.pdf by the Cambridge-based NGO Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq, which estimates likely humanitarian consequences of anticipated military scenarios in Iraq as 500,000 people possibly requiring treatment as a result of direct or indirect injuries, 39 per cent. of the population in need of potable water, the outbreak of diseases in epidemic if not pandemic proportions being very likely, the nutritional status of 3.03 million people countrywide likely to be dire and 900,000 Iraqi refugees requiring assistance; and calls for this information to be a factor militating against war. --- EDM 580 HUMAN SHIELD 27.01.03 Corbyn/Jeremy That this House applauds the courage of those volunteers in Human Shield who are going to Iraq to help protect innocent civilians from the threat of United States and British bombardment; wishes them and the Iraqi people peace; and appeals to Her Majesty's Government to stop the build up to war. EDM 489 POET LAUREATE VERSE ON MOTIVES FOR WAR IN IRAQ 09.01.03 Jones/Lynne That this House congratulates the Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, on his verse about the motives for a war in Iraq, Causa Belli, which reads 'They read good books, and quote, but never learn a language other than the scream of rocket-burn. Our straighter talk is drowned but ironclad: elections, money, empire, oil and Dad;' supports the view that maintaining a close relationship with the USA is not a sufficient justification for UK participation in a war against Iraq; notes that a large proportion of the public do not believe that the threat posed by Iraq is sufficiently imminent or grave to constitute a moral basis for war; calls on the Government to be candid about the Causa Belli, meaning the causes, motives or pretexts of war, in relation to Iraq; further notes the comment of the Secretary of State for Defence on 7th January 2002 that there would be a vote in the House when rather than if military decisions have been taken and military action decided on; and calls for a substantive motion on whether there is a moral basis for attacking Iraq to be put to the House before any decision is taken to go to war. EDM 484 ANTI-WAR ACTION BY TRAIN DRIVERS 09.01.03 McDonnell/John That this House applauds the courageous and principled action by the two Motherwell-based train drivers who have declined to operate a freight train carrying ammunition destined for deployment in a war against Iraq; and believes that the right to conscientious objection extends to all British citizens who refuse to participate or contribute to this threatened war. EDM 435 WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION IN THE UK 18.12.02 Cohen/Harry That this House congratulates the Cambridge students who carried out an inspection to confirm the presence of weapons of mass destruction on British soil by visiting the American airbase at RAF Lakenheath on 12th December; and notes that the world will be made more secure through the global elimination of all such weapons of mass destruction. _______________________________________________ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk