Summary of Our Interventions Concerning Iraq

March 20 - April 28, 2000
Palais des Nations, Geneva

FI and Dominicans for Justice and Peace, in conjunction with the Justice Promoters of the Dominican Order in the USA, stated that children are often the most vulnerable victims of war and suffer when sanctions are imposed on a country following conflicts. In a statement read by Sr. Arlene Flaherty OP, we expressed grave concern about the UN imposed sanctions and embargo against Iraq. According to a UN report on the current humanitarian situation in Iraq, the prevalence of malnutrition in Iraqi children under 5 has almost doubled since 1990. Similarly, the World Food Program estimated that, since 1991, access to potable drinking water in Iraq has dropped to 50% with even lower levels available in the rural areas of the country. Water-borne diseases and other diseases are devastating Iraqi children. The shortage of drugs, supplies and medical equipment, exacerbated by the import restrictions of the UN, has crippled Iraq's health-care system. It is estimated that as many as 5,000 children die every month as a direct result of deprivations caused by the sanctions.

We recommended that the Commission strongly urge the international community to lift the sanctions and embargo on Iraq and advocate for immediate measures to stop and reverse the downward pattern of life experience by Iraqi children.

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UN Commission on Human Rights: Fifty-sixth session
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UN Commission on Human Rights: Fifty-sixth session