The UN sanctions against Iraq
In 1990, the UN imposed sanctions against Iraq in the form
of an almost complete embargo on trade: that means Iraq can import and
export almost nothing.
Madeleine Albright says Yes.
In 1996 Albright was the US ambassador to the United Nations.
In an American TV interview, she was told that 500,000 Iraqi children were thought to have died.
Others say No.
- Jutta Burghardt, head of the UN World Food Programme in Iraq, resigned February 2000 to protest against the sanctions;
- Hans von Sponeck, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, resigned February 2000 to protest against the sanctions;
- Dennis Halliday, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq before Hans von Sponeck, resigned 1998 to protest against the sanctions;
- The Geneva Convention says that "starvation of civilians as a method of warfare is prohibited";
- The United Nations Sub-committee on Human Rights decided, in 1994, that sanctions were terrorist acts;
- Scott Ritter, an ex-weapons inspector for the United Nations, says that sanctions aren't working because they only affect ordinary people, not President Saddam and those around him:
Ritter resigned from the UN weapons inspecting team (UNSCOM) because he said that the USA was using weapons inspections in order to continue the sanctions, not as a way of making sure that Iraq disarmed.
This information is taken from the September 1999 issue of the New Internationalist.
Source of updated information on resignations, The Guardian Weekly Vol162/No9
© 1999: the New Internationalist
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