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[USA - UN] Pressing for immunity from war crime prosecutions ‘unwise’, Annan says
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le 2004 juin 18 - 6:30am
News-Current (En) | USA (États-Unis) | ::Justice inter. (DIH):: | ::Nations Unies:: | Communique

France Version française bientôt...

17 June 2004 – Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said that continuing to grant peacekeepers participating in United Nations operations immunity from potential prosecution by the world’s first permanent war crimes tribunal had the potential to hurt the credibility of both the Security Council and the UN itself.
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S Leone war crimes trials begin
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le 2004 juin 5 - 5:47pm
News-Current (En) | Sierra Leone | •Crime de guerre | Media: commercial

BBC News – World edition, Thursday, 3 June, 2004.
Nouvelles / News Sierra Leone is trying to come to terms with its brutal civil war
The first trials of suspects accused of committing atrocities during Sierra Leone’s civil war have started.
Pro-government militia leaders Moinina Fofana, Allieu Kondewa and Sam Hinga Norman are facing the UN-backed war crimes tribunal.
Among the charges are the forcible conscription of child soldiers – the first time the crime has been prosecuted under international law.

About 50,000 people were killed, and many more maimed and raped in the war.

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Indep. interview (audio: mp3): Systemic Torture and Humiliation in Iraqi Prisons
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le 2004 Mai 7 - 10:55pm
News-Current (En) | Irak | USA (États-Unis) | •Impérialisme & Néocon. | •Propagande mensongère | •Soc: Associations | ::Droits humains:: | Media: non profit

Last week, explicit photos of Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison being humiliated and tortured by US Occupation Forces were circulated in the media. The photos caused an international outcry, and the White House and the Pentagon went into a damage control frenzy, condemning the acts they claimed were aberrations, committed by a few bad soldiers who don’t represent the values of the USA. But to many Iraqis, the photos are graphic representations of what they have known for many months to be a systemic practice of humiliation and torture of detainees in the largest detention center in the country.

Ismail Dawood is an activist with the National Association for the Defense of Human Rights in Iraq who co-authored a report on human rights violations and the compensation process in January, 2004 and is currently working on a second report documenting human rights violations perpetrated by occupation forces against detainees. In this interview, he speaks with Andrea Schmidt of the Iraq Solidarity Project (PSI: Quebec, Canada) and CKUT 90.3 FM about detention, systematic humiliation and torture in Occupied Iraq.


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AI vs Bush : Supreme Court must reject indefinite detention
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le 2004 avril 30 - 8:46pm
News-Current (En) | Cuba | USA (États-Unis) | •Impérialisme & Néocon. | ::Droits humains:: | ::Justice inter. (DIH):: | Communique

France La Cour suprême doit rejeter toute détention à durée indéterminée

Amnesty International – Press release, 27/04/2004

Any ruling in favour of the US administration in these cases would set a disturbing precedent allowing anyone to be stripped of their liberty and rights under US and international law, should the President declare them to be “enemy combatants”.

The right to judicial review is a fundamental protection against arbitrary detention, which is absolutely prohibited under international law, even in time of war or emergency.

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Report of the Inquiry into the Alleged Commission of War Crimes by Coalition Forces in the Iraq War During 2003
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le 2004 avril 27 - 8:16pm
News-Current (En) | Grande Bretagne (R-U) | Irak | ::Justice inter. (DIH):: | ::Nations Unies:: | Communique

(Fr) Huit juristes demandent a la CPI d’enqueter sur des crimes de guerre en Irak (AFP)

Eight international lawyers and academics, held an international commission on war crimes in Iraq and called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) earlier this year to investigate Britain for alleged war crimes in Iraq.

Excerpt of the executive summary of this report:
[The] function [of this commission] was limited to providing an answer to the following question:
‘Is there sufficient cause and evidence for the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor to investigate members of the UK Government for breaches of the ICC Statute in relation to crimes against humanity and/or war crimes committed during the Iraq conflict and occupation 2003?’

The Panel has answered this question in the affirmative.
(...) Peacerights will, therefore, submit this report to the Attorney General as well as the ICC Prosecutor.

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Iraq: Fallujah Cannot Even Bury Its Dead
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le 2004 avril 21 - 6:45pm
News-Current (En) | Irak | USA (États-Unis) | •Crime de guerre | ::Droits humains:: | Media: non profit

by Aaron Glantz (Published on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 by the Inter Press Service)

Excerpts :
... The doctor says many were buried in the football until it became full. “When you are burying you cannot stay long because they (the U.S. marines) will just shoot you,” he says. ...
Filmmaker Julia Guest who traveled to Fallujah in a convoy delivering relief supplies told IPS that the clinic’s ambulance was fired upon twice by U.S. snipers—during the ceasefire. ...
The U.S. military does not deny shooting at ambulances. But it blames the resistance fighters. U.S. marines spokesperson Lt Eric Knapp says his forces have seen fighters loading weapons into ambulances from mosques in the area.

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Report from Baghdad -- Hospital Closings and U.S. War Crimes
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le 2004 avril 19 - 10:30pm
News-Current (En) | Irak | USA (États-Unis) | •Crime de guerre | •Impérialisme & Néocon. | Media: non profit

by Rahul Mahajan (April 19, 2004)

Excerpts :
When the United States began the siege of Fallujah, it targeted civilians in several ways. The power station was bombed; perhaps even more important, the bridge across the Euphrates was closed. Fallujah’s main hospital stands on the western bank of the river; almost the entirety of the town is on the east side. Although the hospital was not technically closed, no doctor who actually believes in the Hippocratic oath is going to sit in an empty hospital while people are dying in droves on the other bank of the river. (...)
In Najaf, the Spanish-language “Plus Ultra” garrison closed the al-Sadr Teaching Hospital roughly a week ago (as of yesterday, it remained closed). With 200 doctors, the hospital (...) is one of the most important in Iraq. Troops entered and gave the doctors two hours to leave, allowing them to take only personal items—no medical equipment. (...)
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(WSF 2004) Boycott Bush Network Targets 6 U.S. Multinationals
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le 2004 avril 19 - 4:17am
News-Current (En) | USA (États-Unis) | •Activ. & Actions | •Impérialisme & Néocon. | •Soc: Associations | Communique

( WORLD SOCIAL FORUM 2004: including Indian writer Arundhati Roy )

Idee ou reflexion lumineuse - An idea or bright reflection Mumbai, January 19, 2004 – More than 100 “Boycott Bush” supporters from more than 20 countries met for the first time at the WSF and formed the Boycott Bush network. We agreed to focus the boycott not on 2 firms as Arundhati Roy suggested but on 6 U.S. multinationals who are large donors to the Republican Party since 2000 (figures calculated on 1st March 2004):

1. Altria (Kraft, Philip Morris): 6.530.000 $US
2. ExxonMobil/Esso: 2.470.000 $US
3. ChevronTexaco: 2.200.000 $US
4. PepsiCo: 1.940.000 $US
5. Coca Cola Company: 860.000 $US
6. McDonalds: 640.000 $US

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Australian activist in Iraq shot at by US forces when offering humanitarian assistance
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le 2004 avril 16 - 3:39pm
News-Current (En) | Irak | USA (États-Unis) | •Crime de guerre | •Impérialisme & Néocon. | Media: non profit

Dear friends,

I’m back from Fallujah and it was quite an experience.

I was shot at by American soldiers when we tried to accompany an ambulance containing medical aid across the city. Later we were taken by local Mujahadeen soldiers and held for 24 hours. They treated us with respect and kindness.

I was appalled by the situation in Falluja and the plight of its people.

I’m very glad I went there to witness this and to show solidarity with the people there.

I’ll write stories about all this to send you, but in the meantime, just wanted to send you this media statement which is a short summary about the two main events for me.


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Iraq/Irak: Eyewitness in Falluja: US letting civilians die / Témoin à Falloujah: É-U laissent mourir les civils
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le 2004 avril 14 - 7:31pm
News-Current (En) | Irak | USA (États-Unis) | •Crime de guerre | •Impérialisme & Néocon. | Media: non profit

Siriel notice – Urgence :
(En) There are now many independent reports stating the same atrocious information: that US forces are blocking medical aid and rescue in and out of Falluja. The absence of US medical aid to victims is already quite appalling, but what is being reported are utterly horrible crimes of war. Would the US people accept this if they were informed by CNN for example?
(Fr) Il y a maintenant de nombreux rapports indépendants qui affirment la même information atroce: que les forces états-uniennes bloquent l’aide médicale et les secours vers et hors de Falloujah. L’absence d’aide médicale états-unienne aux victimes est déjà plutôt révoltante, mais ce qui est rapporté, ce sont des crimes de guerre des plus horribles. Est-ce que le peuple des États-Unis accepterait cela s’il était informé par CNN par exemple?

Excerpts of Eyewitness Report from Falluja by Jo Wilding, April 13th, 2004.

Snipers are causing not just carnage but also the paralysis of the ambulance and evacuation services. The biggest hospital after the main one was bombed is in US territory and cut off from the clinic by snipers. The ambulance has been repaired four times after bullet damage. Bodies are lying in the streets because no one can go to collect them without being shot.

Some said we were mad to come to Iraq; quite a few said we were completely insane to come to Falluja and now there are people telling me that getting in the back of the pick up to go past the snipers and get sick and injured people is the craziest thing they’ve ever seen. I know, though, that if we don’t, no one will.

To read this article : www.occupationwatch.org/article.php?id=4105

Extraits – traduction libre de Eyewitness Report from Falluja par Jo Wilding, 13 avril 2004.

Les francs-tireurs provoquent non seulement un carnage, mais ils paralysent aussi les ambulances et les services d’évacuation. Le plus gros hôpital, depuis que le principal a été bombardé, est en territoire états-unien (sic) et coupé de la clinique par des francs-tireurs. L’ambulance a été réparée quatre fois vu les dommages des tirs. Des corps gisent dans les rues, car personne ne peut aller les chercher sans se faire tirer.

Certains disent que nous sommes fous d’être venus en Irak; plusieurs disent que nous sommes complètement aliénés d’avoir pensé venir à Falloujah et maintenant il y a des gens qui me disent que d’embarquer à l’arrière d’un pick-up, passé les francs-tireurs, pour aller chercher des gens malades ou blessés, est la chose la plus cinglée qu’ils n’ont jamais vue. Je sais, par contre, que si nous ne le faisons pas, personne ne le fera.

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See also / Voir aussi :
Nouveau / New Fallujah Cannot Even Bury Its Dead
Report from Baghdad—Hospital Closings and U.S. War Crimes
Australian activist in Iraq shot at by US forces when offering humanitarian assistance

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Iraq: Indep. reports :: Iraq Solidarity Project
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le 2004 avril 14 - 5:39am
News-Current (En) | Canada & Québec | Irak | USA (États-Unis) | •Impérialisme & Néocon. | ::Droits humains:: | ::Justice inter. (DIH):: | Media: non profit

Textes autres que des nouvelles - Texts other than news Reports written by Andrea Schmidt for the Iraq Solidarity Project (PSI – Projet Solidarite Irak), a Montreal-based grassroots initiative to provide direct non-violent support to Iraqis struggling against the occupation (more info, contacts and mailing list info are at the end of the articles).

>>> Click here to view the report titles

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Iraq: US tactics condemned by British officers (Telegraph.co.uk)
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le 2004 avril 12 - 9:53pm
News-Current (En) | Grande Bretagne (R-U) | Irak | USA (États-Unis) | •Crime de guerre | •Impérialisme & Néocon. | Media: commercial

By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent (Telegraph.co.uk)

Excerpts :
Senior British commanders have condemned American military tactics in Iraq as heavy-handed and disproportionate.
The officer explained that, under British military rules of war, British troops would never be given clearance to carry out attacks similar to those being conducted by the US military, in which helicopter gunships have been used to fire on targets in urban areas.
The American approach was markedly different: "When US troops are attacked with mortars in Baghdad, they use mortar-locating radar to find the firing point and then attack the general area with artillery, even though the area they are attacking may be in the middle of a densely populated residential area.
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Iraq-Irak: End the Massacre in Falluja! - Cessez le massacre à Falloujah!
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le 2004 avril 9 - 3:11am
News-Current (En) | Irak | USA (États-Unis) | ::Justice inter. (DIH):: | ::Nations Unies:: | Communique

France Version francaise: Cessez le massacre à Falloujah !

From :
Bridge to Baghdad/Italy (001 914 360 9080 in Baghdad)
CCIPPP/France (079 01 427 627 in Baghdad)
Italian Consortium of Solidarity/Italy
Iraq Solidarity Project/Canada (079 01 429 115 in Baghdad)

470 killed. 1200 injured, of which 243 are women and 200 are children.
This is the first, underestimated body count from Falluja.

April 9 2004, Occupied Baghdad

Since fighting escalated at the beginning of the week, Iraqi people, especially in the city of Falluja, are facing a humanitarian disaster.

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Five indep. audio interviews from Baghdad - in English and Arabic
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le 2004 avril 1 - 5:04am
News-Current (En) | Irak | USA (États-Unis) | •Impérialisme & Néocon. | •Propagande mensongère | •Soc: Associations | ::Droits humains:: | Media: non profit

From: CKUT Community News Collective : news
(radio from McGill University, Canada. Community news program is helping to amplify voices from Iraq)

5 audio (MP3) reports: four from Producer Andrea Schmidt, now in Baghdad, who is filing weekly reports. The last report, from CKUT’s Off the Hour, is a commemoration of the 1 year anniversary of the latest war which began last March 19th, 2003, offering an in-depth look at survival under war and occupation from a mother in Baghdad.

  1. Iraq to the World Arabic & English : Ismail Daoud, National Association for the Defense of Human Rights in Iraq.
  2. Human Rights Violations Under the New Regime in Iraq : Ismail Daoud (NADHUI) & Paola Gasparoli (Occupation Watch).
  3. Justice for Detainees in Occupied Iraq : Peggy Gish of the Christian Peacemaker Team in Iraq.
  4. Workers’ Struggles in Occupied Iraq : Fallah Alwan (Federation of Workers’ Counsels and Trade Unions in Iraq)
  5. Damn War and Occupation: An Iraqi Mother Speaks Out

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Iraq/Irak : There's no explosions: it's not an important area :: Il n'y a pas d'explosions, ce n’est pas un secteur important
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le 2004 avril 1 - 4:30am
News-Current (En) | Canada & Québec | Irak | •Démocratie | ::Droits humains:: | Media: non profit

Version française: Il n’y a pas d’explosions, ce n’est pas un secteur important

Nouvelles / NewsThis report was written by Andréa Schmidt for the Iraq Solidarity Project (PSI – Projet Solidarite Irak), a Montreal-based grassroots initiative to provide direct non-violent support to Iraqis struggling against the occupation; strengthen the mobilization against economic and military domination and anti-war work in Quebec and Canada; and build links of solidarity between struggles against the occupation of Iraq and struggles against oppression in Canada and Quebec.
(PSI Contact and mailing list info are at the end of the article.)

There’s no explosions: it’s not an important area
Traffic, security, freedom and justice in Thawra

March 29 2004
Occupied Baghdad

Sadr City is a massive subdivision tacked on to the North end of Baghdad. It is home to 2 million of Baghdad’s 5 million residents. It is a Shia area, and mostly very poor.

During the regime era, the area was known as Saddam City and was strictly off limits to foreigners. Shia were kept out of universities and government jobs throughout the 80s and 90s – a silent freeze-out of the majority of Iraqis through which Saddam sought to divide Sunni and Shia and shore up his control. Many were isolated in Saddam City by poverty, and by the Mukhabarat.

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