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[casi] amnesty petition on iraq (fwd)

An Amnesty International online petition about Iraq - worth signing and
passing on.

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The population of Iraq is in imminent danger of a human rights and
humanitarian catastrophe.  Military action could trigger a disaster for the
people of Iraq and surrounding countries.

Before it takes any further action, Amnesty International calls upon the UN
Security Council to assess the human rights and humanitarian impact on the
civilian population of any military action against Iraq.

The assessment should take place in a public session of the Security
Council, open to all UN member states, and it must include consideration

 - the potential effects of military action on the human rights of the Iraqi
 - the effects on the humanitarian situation as Iraqis are already suffering
   under severe economic sanctions and violations by their government.
 - the risk that military action would lead to massive numbers of people being
   forced into flight.
 - potential grave violations of international humanitarian law, including
   direct attacks on civilians, the use of human shields and the use of
   inherently indiscriminate weapons.

Amnesty International urges the Security Council to deploy human rights
monitors immediately throughout Iraq to report on human rights abuses by any

Join Amnesty International's call.  Sign AI's online petition to the
President of the Security Council at before
8 March. Please forward this message to others.  Your appeal can make a

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