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Dear fellow anti-war / peace campaigner, Voices UK has just produced a NEW CAMPAIGN POSTCARD TO TONY BLAIR CONCERNING HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES COMMITTED BY THE US/UK OCCUPATION FORCE IN IRAQ (see text below). According to The Times July saw "increasing reports of Iraqi men, women and even children being dragged from their homes at night by American patrols, or snatched off the streets and taken, hooded and manacled, to prison camps around the capital" (www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7374-739722,00.html) and a recent report from Amnesty International (http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGMDE141572003) details allegations of torture, deaths in custody and unlawful killing at demonstrations. Copies of Voices UK's two previous cards - about the corporate invasion of Iraq and and about Iraq's debt - are also available. All three cards are ideal for mailings or for use at local anti-war stalls / events and can be viewed on-line at www.voicesuk.org. COPIES OF THE POSTCARDS (WHICH ARE FREE, THOUGH DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME) CAN BE OBTAINED BY CONTACTING THE VOICES OFFICE: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 0207 837 0561. Please specify which - and how many - cards you want. Best wishes, Gabriel Voices UK www.voicesuk.org ************************************************ TEXT BEGINS Since the invasion of Iraq, US/UK forces have been accused of many human rights abuses. There are, "increasing reports of Iraqi men, women and even children being dragged from their homes at night by American patrols, or snatched off the streets and taken, hooded and manacled, to prison camps around the capital" (The Times, 9/07/03). Thousands have been detained without charge, effectively 'disappeared', including children as young as eleven. Amnesty International have reported (23/07/03): . routine lack of access to lawyers and family for lengthy periods - sometimes for many weeks. . 'cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment', including lack of shelter, water and sanitation facilities. . allegations of torture, deaths in custody and unlawful killing at demonstrations . excessive use of force during searches, with destruction and confiscation of property, without justification or compensation. . lack of legal accountability, reparations or redress for abuses suffered. I demand that the US and British governments treat the Iraqi people and their culture with respect, abide by international human rights law and that all prisoners of war and civilians held without charge are released immediately. TEXT ENDS _______________________________________________ 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