10th April 2001
[CASI Internet version prepared 15th April 2001]
36th Legislative Session
10 April 2001
Student Association Resolution [SLE.36.23]
Condemnation of Iraqi Sanctions
WHEREAS, the United Nations, particularly the United States, has enforced the most extensive embargo in history on the people of Iraq for ten years which have had the reverse effect of harming the people it was supposed to help.
WHEREAS, the sanctions have caused the death of over 1.4 million Iraqi citizens and are killing children under the age of five at the rate of 5000 a month according to the United Nations.
WHEREAS, the Iraqi people have suffered more than enough for the crimes of an unelected dictator and do not deserve to be "living from hand to mouth." (The Economist 12-12-98)
WHEREAS, the sanctions clearly violate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (established December 10, 1948 by the U.N. General Assembly) Specifically, these articles of the Preamble: Article 5, "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment." Article 25 declares, "(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing, and medical care ".
WHEREAS, this resolution DOES NOT condemn the brave American and Allied servicemen and women who diligently answered their nation's call nor condone the despicable rule of Saddam Hussein.
WHEREAS, this issue directly concerns us as the sanctions are turning Iraqis or our generation against the United States and it Allies which sows the seeds of more conflict in the region in our lifetimes even after Hussein is out of power.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Student Association Senate of Oswego State University that the we commit ourselves to the attached conditions.
Chrystina Hubbell, Funnelle Hall.
Larry Provost, Off Campus.
Passed by 10 votes to 4, with 5 abstentions.