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- Joint report: "Iraq
Sanctions: Humanitarian Implications and Options for the Future"
(6 August 2002) by 13 major NGOs in association with Save
the Children UK: Global Policy
Forum, New Internationalism Project,
Center for Economic and Social Rights,
Institute for Policy Studies, Mennonite
Central Committee, Anglican
Observer Office at the UN, Arab Commission for Human Rights, Center
for Development of International Law, Fellowship
of Reconciliation, Middle East and
Europe Office of Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ,
United Church of Christ UN Office,
World Economy, Ecology and Development
Association (WEED) and the Quaker
- Letters and press releases by Save
the Children Fund UK, Global
Policy Forum, Human Rights Watch,
Mennonite Central Committee, Peace
Action Education Fund, and
Quaker United Nations Office:
release addressing the potential humanitarian consequences of military
action in Iraq, (31 January 2003).
- The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has launched Crisis
in Iraq. This site contains news about weapons inspections in Iraq,
expert analysis, information about US policy in the Middle East, and
links to key resources.
- The Church of England's Board for Social Responsibility, "Background
briefing: evaluating the threat of military action against Iraq",
20 March 2002. Available in either the original
format (pdf file) or in html
version, published in the Church Times.
Not a formal statement of the position of the Church of England.
by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey, in The Times,
16 October 2001, entitled "Don't repeat the misery inflicted on the
Iraqis". Quote: "we have had 11 years of sanctions and there is
no doubt they bite. Unfortunately, they have bitten the wrong people.
Those who have suffered most are ordinary Iraqis, especially the children".
Anglican Communion in the 21st Century", address by the Archbishop
of Canterbury to the Church Club of New York (14 September 2000).
- Iraq: A Decade of Sanctions,
report by the Church's International and Development Affairs Committee
- A summary of the 2001 update can be found here
(6 February 2001).
Special report: Iraq: a decade of sanctions (14 December 1999).
NOTE: the ICRC incorrectly claims that "United States and British aircraft
have continued to bomb targets in the north and south of the country
nearly every day since the four-day `Desert Fox' operation in December
1998, which followed Iraq's expulsion of United Nations weapons inspectors".
The UNSCOM inspectors were withdrawn by their Executive Chairman, Richard
Butler, on the eve of the bombing; the Iraqi government has not allowed
activities: Iraq page.
- Briefing for US Senate on "the alarming lack of preparedness for
emergency relief operations and reconstruction efforts in the event
of a war in Iraq". Oral and written versions, both dated 11
International Study Team
on the recent situation concerning Iraq (5 August 2002), opposing the
use of force against Iraq and the sanctions regime.
- Save the Children is involved in joint initiatives
on Iraq with other NGOs.
- "Summary of Recent
Data on Humanitarian Conditions in Iraq", a briefing memo
of 18 October 2002.
- "The Humanitarian
Implications of Military Action against Iraq". Position
statement of 4 September 2002.
"large-scale military intervention would greatly exacerbate
the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, casting serious doubt on the wisdom
of such an endeavour."
The accompanying press release (13 September 2002) is here.
for the humanitarian consequences of possible military action against
Iraq", submission to the International Development Select Committee
- Statement on Sanctions
against Iraq (May 2002):
Save the Children UK feels that the proposed 'streamlined'
sanctions [...] will not, in the absence of complementary initiatives
[...], significantly improve the humanitarian situation in Iraq."
- Report: "Understanding
Kurdish Livelihoods in Northern Iraq" (February 2002); CASI
"The sanctions and ration regime created by the UN
Security Council has undermined and distorted markets and livelihoods
and destroyed normal economic life for the vast majority."
(in summary of main findings, p.v)
the Children UK warns of potential humanitarian crisis in Iraq"
(4 February 2002), press release on their release of the above report.
"As bad as the situation is for the Kurds, all indications
are that after nearly 11 years of sanctions, Iraqis living in south
and central Iraq are even worse off [...] The fact is, sanctions -
as they are currently being implemented - simply do not work. They
have a disproportionate effect on those who are most vulnerable in
Iraqi society - particularly children."
- "The impact
of sanctions on children and young people in Iraq" (28 February
2001), press release.
years of sanctions: a silent war against Iraq's children" (25 July
2000), press release.
calls on UN to remember Iraq's children (22 March 2000), press release.
- UN's Iraq policy must change
(22 February 2000), letter to the editor of the Financial Times.
- Letter to the editor of
the Guardian (11 February 2000).
open consultation on sanctions welcome - now government must act
(10 February 2000), press release.
- The impact of sanctions
on the children of Iraq (25 January 2000), position statement.