ORGANIZATION FOR THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
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on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
- fifth session (28 July -
15 August 2003)
Item 5: Prevention of
you listen to a radio program broadcasted by the BBC from London, called
“voice messages” from Iraqis to their loved ones in Iraq, you will
hear a message from a university student in California asking about her
parents in Baghdad; another message from a university professor in
Germany worried about his wife and two kids in Mosul, and a lady caller
from a Swiss hospital asking the whereabouts of her son in Basra!!!
Anyone who listens to those messages, regardless of his race or
nationality, will be deeply moved upon hearing the sad and helpless
voices of those who are suffering the loss of their relatives and loved
ones. It is due to the
unfolding tragedy as a consequence of this insane aggression against
Iraq for no other purpose but to control this country’s resources and
to arrogantly bully and coerce its people.
The perpetrators of this crime of racial hatred falsely claimed
that their intent was to free the world from Iraqi weapons of mass
destruction. Needless to
say, years of inspection by United Nations teams proved that Iraq had
none. The false claim was
initiated and fabricated by international Zionism and arms traders.
After several months of occupation, the war criminals have yet to
prove their false claims!!! Meanwhile,
with American protection a neighboring Israel is piling all sorts of
weapons of mass destruction including nuclear weapons.
When enforcing this contradiction, racism and racial
discrimination are obviously the most outstanding components of this
Hence, the world faces a major question.
What is the reaction of the United Nations and its member states
now that it has become crystal clear that what the President of the
United States said regarding Iraq in his State of the Union speech was a
downright lie to mislead the public and world community in order to wage
the unjustified aggression against Iraq???
Shouldn’t this alone be enough cause to warrant driving any
head of State out of Office, especially when his lies led his country to
commit all its military resources to wage an unjust war against a member
State of the United Nations?
If there were any justice in this world, those who waged this
tragic war should be brought to justice and tried in front of the United
Nations and the international community to serve as an example
Some may wonder why our organization is deeply concerned about
the Iraqi tragedy while there are other equally disturbing conflicts
around the globe??? Let’s
not forget the recent tragedy of 11/09/2001, where almost 3000 innocent
lives were lost who had no link to any of the outstanding conflicts from
near or far. To answer this
question, we must emphasize that war against Iraq was based on big lies
told by the leaders of two leading countries (The United States and
Great Britain). Both
leaders ignored Security Council resolutions, the outcry of
international public opinion as well as the widespread demonstrations of
their own people that opposed such a war.
We still believe that the United Nations is our only refuge as
humanity faces its increasing vulnerability and the threats that
surround it day by day. There
is no way to counter these threats but for nongovernmental organizations
to stand firmly and work jointly against such deviations.
NGOs must strongly condemn violations of international law and
pursue justice through the International Criminal Court.
12 August 2003