The following messages begin to give a sense of the level of destruction and death the U.S. has brought the city of Fallujah. Described below are massive war crimes, plain and simple. Please read and forward widely the appeal of NGO’s in that suffering city. jamie
Urgent appeal (from NGOs of Fallujah)
By: Study Center of Human Rights and Democracy on: 19.11.2004 [20:13 ] (592 reads)
URGENT APPEAL TO: THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS THE HIGH COMMISSIONER OF HUMAN RIGHTS MEMBERS OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES By Study Center of Human Rights and Democracy Fallujah, Iraq 15th November 2004 Copy circulated by Stop the War Coalition, UK
It is very clear that systematic crimes of GENOCIDE have been committed in Fallujah and now across Al Anbar province in Iraq. What you have seen in recent days are only the images and photos released by the American forces. Nevertheless, these images and photos contain clear evidence that a large scale crime of genocide has been committed in Fallujah, and is now being committing across the whole Anbar province, especially Saqlaweiya, Kermah, Ameriya and the surroundings areas.
The American forces by using their most powerful bombs and artillery have demolished hundreds of houses on the top of their residents. Thousands of causalities are in the streets and under the wreckage of the demolished houses. Dogs and cats are living now on the bodies of the innocent victims of Fallujah, while Bush and Blair still talk about democracy in Iraq and the ‘civilized world’.
American forces are preventing any humanitarian or medical organizations from entering the city of Fallujah, as well as the above-mentioned cities.
In addition, the so-called Iraqi Prime Minster has fully participated in these crimes. The Iraqi Minister of Health is also fully complicit by taking no action to secure the return of the hospital in Fallujah (which was occupied by the American forces on the 7 November 2004) to its normal function. This minister is lying to the world and the Iraqi people when he puts a very low number to the casualties – which are in reality very high – and he has threatened the staff of the hospital, warning them not to speak one word about what they have seen of the American crimes. The WHO must take this act seriously and suspend the membership of the Iraqi Health Ministry.
WE ASK YOU TO INTERVENE NOW:
All the humanitarian organizations of Fallujah are appealing to you to intervene now in this unbelievable situation where the American forces are preventing any organization from entering the city of Fallujah to relieve the remaining civilians as well as the civilians who fled from Fallujah to Saqlaweiya and Karma.
All the medical organizations of Fallujah are appealing to you to intervene now by demanding that the American Administration allow medical staff to enter the cities of Fallujah, Saqlaweiya and Karma - to bury the dead and to give care to the injured.
All the humanitarian organizations appeal to you to intervene now to send all kinds of food and medicines to the people of Fallujah and Al-Anbar province.
It is very urgent that you convene an emergency session to the Security Council to discuss these issues. The situation is very grave and a danger to the peace and security of the world.
Issued by: The NGOs of Fallujah
For more information contact : Muhtaq72@yahoo.com 0790 1492 189 or 0790 1615 665
Or Munir Chalabi (UK): 0795 2683 415
The “official” number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq is now 1219 (www.icasualties.org). The number of Iraqi civilians killed since the March 03 invasion is believed to be between 16,604 (www.iraqbodycount.org) and 100,000 (The Lancet, prestigious British medical journal’s recent estimate). Please spread this information as widely as possible. jamie
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