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Support Iraqi protests!

| 20 February 2011

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PRESS RELEASE

For immediate distribution
Date: 20 February 2011

SUPPORT IRAQI PROTESTS!
While millions across the world watched live 18 days of dramatic revolution that ousted the US-allied torture-friendly regime of Hosni Mubarak, no one is offered live feed from Iraq of its people’s uprising against an enemy much worse.

And while President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton are being lauded for their supposed support for Egyptian democracy, no one is asking the key question Washington can’t answer: When will members of this US administration and the three previous face trial for crimes against humanity in Iraq?

Despite US hypocrisy, nothing will prevent the collapse of US geostrategic goals in the Arab region. It is not by direct confrontation that this is happening, nor by ideology. The interests of the people are opposed to the model of underdevelopment Washington and allies propose and police.

The year of revolutions

Across the Arab world, 2011 appears set to be remembered as the “year of revolutions”. In Iraq, ravaged by eight years of US occupation, plunder, destruction and death, protests have burst forth in Baghdad, Kut, Basra, Kirkuk, Ramadi, Sulaymaniyah and tens of other locations. As usual, the people face live fire.

We declare our solidarity with the people of Iraq in protest. We declare our solidarity with the martyrs of the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions, and all martyrs of Arab uprisings.

We put Washington on notice that it is your policies that are being defeated, and it is your alliances that are falling apart.

The region is witness to a rolling tide of Arab renaissance, led by the aspirations of the Arab youth. No injustice will be spared criticism. No lie will remain unexposed.

Support Iraqi protests!

Stand in support of the Iraqi people in their struggle against state terrorism and repression, generalised corruption, a falsified political process and its state apparatus, generalised lack and collapse of public services, poverty and unemployment, systematic abuse of human rights by the government and its militias, illegal contracts, treaties and a constitution imposed under occupation, and foreign plans to destroy Iraqi culture, economy and unity.

Stand in support of the Iraqi people’s struggle for freedom, democracy, dignity, unity and social justice.

Stand in support of the Iraqi people in their uprising, and in solidarity with all Arabs at this dawn of a new era!

The game is over! We demand that Maliki’s government leave without shedding the blood of innocent Iraqis on 25 February, Iraq’s “Day of Peaceful Anger”.

We demand that other states withdraw support from Maliki and not provide cover for a government bloodbath.

We are certain the people of Iraq will achieve victory, like their Tunisian and Egyptian brothers and sisters.

Dr Ian Douglas, coordinator of the International Initiative to Prosecute US Genocide in Iraq and member of the Executive Committee of the BRussells Tribunal – UK/Egypt

Abdul Ilah Albayaty, political analyst and member of the Executive Committee of the BRussells Tribunal and the International Initiative to Prosecute US Genocide in Iraq – France/Iraq

Hana Al Bayaty, political analyst and activist and member of the Executive Committee of the BRussells Tribunal and the International Initiative to Prosecute US Genocide in Iraq – France/Iraq

Denis Halliday, Former UN Assistant Secretary General & United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq 1997-98 – Ireland

Prof Dr Lieven De Cauter, philosopher, K.U. Leuven / Rits, initiator of the BRussells Tribunal

Dr Curtis F J Doebbler, international human rights lawyer – USA/Palestine

Felicity Arbuthnot, journalist – UK

Paola Manduca, professor of genetics DIBIO, University of Genoa – Italy

Lamis Andoni, journalist – Palestine

Serene Assir, writer/journalist – Lebanon/Spain

Dirk Adriaensens, member of the Executive Committee of the BRussells Tribunal and coordinator of SOS Iraq – Belgium

Mattias Chang, law specialist, Perdana Global Peace Foundation and the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War – Malaysia

Cynthia McKinney, Green Party US Presidential Candidate – USA

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, President Perdana Global Peace Foundation – Malaysia

Cynthia McKinney, Green Party US Presidential Candidate – USA

Dr Zulaiha Ismail, Perdana Global Peace Foundation – Malaysia

Sigyn Meder, member of the Iraqi Solidarity Association in Stockholm – Sweden

Mike Powers, member of the Iraqi Solidarity Association in Stockholm – Sweden

Father Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, former president of the UN General Assembly

Eduardo Galeano, writer, historian, witness – Uruguay

Hans Von Sponeck, former UN assistant secretary general & United Nations humanitarian coordinator for Iraq 1998-2000 – Germany

Nilofer Bhagwat, vice president of Indian Lawyers Association – India

Ahmad Manai, former expert with the UN, former president of Tlaxcala, president of the Tunisian Institute of International Relations – Tunisia

Prof. Patrick Deboosere, demographer VUB – Belgium

Frank Barat, coordinator Russell Tribunal on Palestine – UK

Hans F. Schweinsberg, Public Awareness Education, Programs (PAEP) ?of the Sciences and Humanities – Technology and Global Bioethics; Member of Forum UNESCO; International PEN; United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Lori Price, editor-in-chief, Citizens For Legitimate Government – USA

Prof. Dr. Eric Corijn, Centre for Urban Research COSMOPOLIS – City, Culture & Society. Programme in European Urban Cultures (POLIS) UNICA Euromaster in Urban Studies (4Cities) – Belgium

John Catalinotto, International Action Center – USA

Sara Flounders, co-director, International Action Center – USA

Dr. Bert De Belder, Medical Aid for the Third World – Belgium

Janine Borel, responsable du Comité de lutte contre la Barbarie et l’Arbitraire – France

Frederick Bowie, independent journalist

Saadallah Al Fathi, former advisor, Ministry of Oil, Iraq – Iraq

Dr Souad Al Azzawi, assistant professor of environmental engineering, University of Baghdad – Iraq

Sabah Al-Mukhtar, president Arab Lawyers Association – UK

Yasar Mohammed Salman Hasan – Iraq

Ward Treunen, member of the Executive Committee of the BRussells Tribunal – Belgium

Hussein Al-Alak, chair, The Iraq Solidarity Campaign – UK

Dr Gideon Polya, scientist, academic, author and human rights activist, Melbourne – Australia

Michael Parenti, author – USA

Alan Bishop, musician, Sun City Girls, Brothers Unconnected, Sublime frequencies – USA

Ad-Hoc Committee for Justice for Iraq
Perdana Global Peace Foundation
Iraq and American Reconciliation Project

Take action!

1. Endorse this statement by writing here ([email protected]).

2. There is a virtual blackout on the uprising in Iraq in the Western media. Take initiative and demand that news outlets put Iraq back on the agenda where you are.

3. For updated information on the uprising in Iraq follow here (Arabic) and here (English).

This statement was drafted by Ian Douglas in cooperation with Abdul Ilah Albayaty and Hana Al Bayaty, and was first published by the International Initiative to Prosecute US Genocide in Iraq: http://usgenocide.org/2011/support-iraqi-protests/
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