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Hello all, referring to the matter of missing Iraqi's, I received today a petition that my friend Gilles Munier, secretary-general of the french-Iraqi Friendship-Association has launched for the release (and legal assistance) of the Iraqi's illegaly hold by the US occupation army, and specially Tarik Aziz. Among the first endorsers of this petition, you will find a.o. Hans Von Sponeck and George Galloway. I invite you all to sign this petition. I know, it is yet another petition, but personelly I'm glad that there are so many efforts worldwide against this illegal war and illegal occupation. AI should indeed look closer into this matter, as Philippa suggests. They are political prisoners, illegally detained by an illegal military invasion force. Greetings. Dirk Adriaensens. www.irak.be FRANCE-IRAQ FRIENDSHIP ORGANIZATION Support Group for the release of the Iraqis arraigned by the US occupation army in Iraq Appeal for the release of Tarek Aziz The war that the United States have waged in Iraq is utterly illegal with regard to international law and so is the arraignment of the Iraqi leadership, civilians and military men. US occupying forces are holding former Iraqi leaders and numerous civilians in hidden places who are unaware of the motives of their arrest and are deprived by the Americans of legal assistance . They can neither be visited by members of theirs families or by a representative of the Red Crescent Amnesty International has reported cases of tortures being inflicted on Iraqi prisoners, military as well as civilians, by the US-UK armed forces (AFP and AP May, 16, 2003, the Guardian, May, 31, 2003). We are calling for the application to the Iraqi leaders, civilians and military men, imprisoned as early as the outbreak of the invasion, of the international Conventions and the most basic human rights rules. We are furthermore calling for their release. We are demanding that the Geneva Conventions be strictly respected so that the CICR could inspect the war prisoners, the imprisoned civilians and see to it that they are treated in an human way. We have also learnt that the Vice-Prime Minister, Mr. Tarek Aziz, has suffered two heart failures leading most probably to a partial paralysis and that his health is very poor. We therefore are demanding his instant release. May, 19, 2003. France / First to have signed: Dirk Adriaensens (président SOS Irak- Belgique) - Jean-Marie Benjamin (prêtre) - Paul Balta (journaliste et écrivain) - Pierre Bercis (président Nouveaux Droits de l'Homme) - Pierre Biarnès (sénateur des Français de l' étranger) - Marc Boureau d'Argonne (producteur de films) - Yves Brandého (agriculteur) - Patrick Brunot (avocat) - Pierre-Henri Bunel (écrivain) - Géo Chéron (SG du Comité International pour le Développement et la Coopération - CIDEC) - Michel Collon (écrivain et journaliste - Belgique) - Marc- Antoine Coppo (chargé de Recherche au CNRS) - Amaury Couderc (ex-élu régional - maire) - Isabelle Coutant Peyre (avocat) - Jean-Paul Cruse (journaliste et écrivain) -Michel Debray (Vice- Amiral en 2ème section, conseiller municipal de Senlis, ancien président de l'Institut Charles de Gaulle) - Sliman Doggui (neurologue) - Jacqueline Forestier (retraitée de l' enseignement) - Jean- Claude Fortuit (ancien député) - George Galloway (député britannique) - Général Pierre Gallois (CR) - Michel Grimard (président du Mouvement Chrétien Vème République) - Xavière Jardez (juriste) - Edmond Jouve (professeur à l'Université René Descartes- Paris V) - Didier Julia (député de Seine et Marne) - Philippe Le Moller (professeur) - Claude Karnoouh (chercheur CNRS) - Charbel Kattar - Christian Lançon (journaliste) - Patricia Latour (journaliste, écrivain) - Pierre Layssac (courtier d'art) - Pierre Lévy (directeur de Bastille République Nation) - Jean-Pierre Lussan (avocat- conseiller régional) - Marie Lussan (présidente de Fraternité irako- française) - Maryvonne Mahmoud (enseignante) - Jean-Claude Manifacier (professeur des universités) - Jean-François Marcellin - Narmi Michejda (biochimiste - Pologne) - Gilles Munier (SG des Amitiés franco- irakiennes) - Pierre-Alexandre Orsoni (président de la Maison d'Orient à Marseille) - Pierre Pinta (écrivain) - Gérard Rouzade (consultant en tourisme) - Charles Saint- Prot (écrivain) - Yannick Sauveur (directeur d'établissement médico-social) - Elisabeth Schneider (membre du PDS / Landes-und Kreisvorstand) / Allemagne) - Yves Stalla- Bourdillon (homme de lettres) - Mondher Sfar (écrivain) - Hans von Sponeck (Coordinateur du Programme « Pétrole contre nourriture » en Irak de 1998 à 2000) - Ouardia Yahyiaoui (secrétaire) - Giuseppe Zambon (éditeur - Allemagne) .. --------------------------------------------------Slip to return---------------------------------------------- Name: First name: Position: Address: Date and signature: e-mail: Correspondence: Gilles Munier- AFI - 7, rue de Sarzeau, 35700 Rennes - France Fax 00 33 2 99 63 11 09/ e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org ----- Original Message ----- From: "pjw8" <Philippa.Winkler@NAU.EDU> To: "Dirk Adriaensens" <email@example.com>; "soc-casi-discuss" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Thursday, June 05, 2003 4:01 AM Subject: [casi] raising the case of Huda Amashdr > I don't want to sound naive, but isn't Huda Amashdr a > political prisoner, could Amnesty International ( and > I know they are weird, but if one puts pressure on them > they could respond, especially the Irish branch) > adopt her as such? I also think there needs to a delegation > to the UN Subcommission for the Protection and > Promotion of Rights to raise this very important > issue and others, this August, and meet the 26 legal > experts on the SubCommission, Philippa > > >===== Original Message From Dirk Adriaensens <email@example.com> > ===== > >[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] > > > >Hello all, > >welcome to the "liberated and free" Iraq. And may only the "embedded" press > report us about what happens in Iraq and let the conquerors rewrite history. > >How come the US refuses to let delegations enter Iraq? How come they assault > visitors on their way to "the land of the free" (Iraq)? > >Is this the "freedom" the US/UK promised? Chaos, Ethnic violence, cholera, > DU, Cluster bombs, stealing the oil, looting the heritage, burning all public > buildings etc.etc.. That's the price the Iraqi population pays for not > submitting to the US and for defending their right to self-determination. And > I welcome the postings of Nermin and the letter of Ghazwan to AI. I wonder > what happened to other list-members, like Nasra Al-Sadoon, who is a good > friend of mine. Where is Huda Amash ("Mrs Anthrax"), a woman I respect very > much? Shouldn't we start asking questions to US/UK governments about the sort > of our dear friends in Iraq? > >Greetings. > >Dirk Adriaensens > >www.irak.be > > > > > > An italian caravan organized by association Ya Basta has been physically > assaulted while trying to cross the Iraqi border. > > > >FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: > >ITALIAN CARAVAN ASSAULTED BY AMERICAN MILITARY IN IRAQ > > > >A caravan organized by association Ya Basta departed Friday the 30th of May > to take a one week trip through Iraq and Palestine to organize and aid > humanitarian projects in the two war torn areas. > > > >The caravan departed from Amman, Jordan to cross the Iraqi border to go to > Baghdad, the first stop schedualed by the caravan. > > > >However, upon reaching the Iraqi border, the caravan was stopped by the > American military checkpoint. They were told that they needed to apply for > entry visas to Iraq from the American command in Baghdad. > > > >After an entire day of waiting in the middle of the desert, the caravan > returned back to Amman. > > > >Sunday the 1st of June, the 40 Italian activists occupied the Italian > Embassy, refusing to leae untill the necessary procedures to obtain permission > to enter Iraq were undertaken. > > > >Sunday evening, official permission was granted by both the Italian Embassy > in Amman and Baghdad as wel as the American authorities in Baghdad. > > > >However, upon reaching the American checkpoint monday morning, the > participants were informed that although their permission to enter Iraq was > valid, there were "communication" problems that prevented the American check > point from allowing them to enter. > > > >After waiting for another entire day, the caravan refused to leave the border > zone which provoked a violent response from the American military. > > > >As of 6pm Iraqi time, 6 participants have been injured as the american > soldiers violently loaded them into cars. > > > >Live corrispondence including translation is availible from GlobalRadio. > > > >CONTACT INFORMATION: > > > >Jason > >GlobalRadio > >Studio: +39 049 8752129 > >Cellular: +39 340 7270917 > >Fax: +39 049 664582 > > > >www.globalradio.it > >Email: firstname.lastname@example.org > >Email: email@example.com > > > > update for the day 6/2/2003 > > > > > >After having occupied and negotiated with officials at the Italian Embassy in > Jordan, the delegation had got an 'ok' from embassies in Jordan, including > from the American, to cross over to Iraq. They also obtained a written > statement about wanting to cross over into Iraq which was approved by the US > command. > >The delegation once again made its way to the border today. They got past the > first checkpoint but were stopped at the second one, where they were told to > go back into Jordan. The activists then sat down on the ground. Six activists > were subsequently injured as American soldiers dragged the peaceful sitters > back onto their jeeps. The drivers did not want to get off the jeeps and were > persuaded to go back to Jordan. One activist speaking on the radio said that > they were the only ones refused entry into Iraq. > >Back in Jordan, the Jordanian authorities wanted to take away their cameras > in order to keep the films. > >Luca Casarini has been urging the Italian Foreign Ministry to get involved. > >The problems this delegation has met trying to enter into Iraq have been > published in the Italian press, in the Manifesto, on Sunday. > > > >There is a refugee camp in this stretch of no man's land, peopled by > Palestinians. The delegation wanted to remain in the no man's land in order to > go and greet the people from the camps, which are run by the UN. The American > soldiers did not allow it. The delegation said that the refugees were being > treated badly, but we have no more details about this at the moment. > > > >For a complete coverage (in Italian ), go to www.yabasta.it > > > >report from yabasta delegation to Iraq 6/2/2003 > > > > > >i have just spoken with a member of the Ya Basta delegation, which is still > trapped in no-man's land between iraq and jordan. they arrived after having > gotten permission from Italian and even American officials to enter, but once > at the checkpoint, it was decided that they are subversive and a danger. they > have been beaten and assaulted, and they were at one point under threat of > being shot by US troops if they didn't leave (though no one can be sure how > serious the threat was). they have also had problems with the Jordanian > police, who wouldn't allow them contact with Iraqis in a nearby refugee camp. > > > >www.yabasta.it > > > > have spoken to an activist from the delegation and has given me a summary of > the day... 3/6/2003 > > > > > >I have spoken with a member of the delegation, who reiterated in very > frustrated tones how they were left standing for nine hours yesterday before > being told that they couldn't get through the checkpoint although they had got > an 'ok' from embassies in Jordan and the US high command to go through. Guns > were pointed at them and they were told to leave. They refused to do so, and > sat down. The people who were slightly injured whilst being forcibly removed > from their sit down protest by American soldiers back into the jeeps are > alright. > >Today, the delegation found out that the reason this 'ok' was actually a 'no' > was that the US high command thought they were a delegation of anti > globalisation activists, which tells a lot about the new and democratic Iraq > the US have pledged to build and given as one of their reasons for invading > and bombing the country, as part of freeing it of its undemocratic regime! > >So the delegation has decided to thin down, leaving a subtantial core of > people, and is fighting to get a formal 'ok' from the Italian ambassador to > Jordan himself, De martino. He will only get this formal approval from the Us > Command in Bagdad, so in theory, if the delegation gets an approval, this time > they should be able to get through. They are now in Amman, waiting for a > reply. Meanwhile they are liaising with many organizations working with > Palestinians refugees in Jordan, and dealing with Palestinian issues, in order > to update them on the refugee camp they saw in the no man's land between Iraq > and Jordan, where many Palestinians who fled Iraq during the war but were > refused entry into Jordan have been staying for some time now. The camp is run > by the UN, but members of the delegation have said that the refugees are being > mistreated by the US soldiers. The delegation had tried to make contact with > them but were prevented by the soldiers. > > > >add your own comments > > > > > > > > > >_______________________________________________ > >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 > > > _______________________________________________ > 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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