mini mouse | 09.12.2005 16:57 | London
Cindy Sheehan, a mother whose soldier son was killed in Iraq and who is now campaigning for the removal of US troops from the country, will be visiting long-standing peace campaigner Brian Haw at his vigil opposite the Houses of Parliament.
Brian Haw has been holding a continuous 24 hour vigil against the UK government's foreign policy in Iraq since June 2001. He started his protest against the economic sanctions on Iraq and has been one of this government's most vocal and public critics of the invasion and occupation. His extensive display informs passers-by of the ongoing horrors and injustices of the current conflict. He has been shortlisted for the 2005 Human Rights Award.
In August, Mr Haw wrote a letter of support to Cindy Sheehan: 'For your child, precious as mine, regardless of the colour of skin, the country you live in, race or religion, that is why I'm here, why I cannot leave. By your courageous stance you affirm the value of your child,
and every other casualty. Your actions are the only way of minimizing the awful losses of this illegal, evil war.'
Accompanying Cindy Sheehan will be other anti-war activists from the US including: Code Pink: Women for Peace Co-founders Medea Benjamin and Gael Murphy; Ann Wright, the high-ranking State Department official who resigned in 2003 in protest against the invasion of Iraq; and Phyllis
Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies, a leading analyst and writer on the Iraq war.