Sunday, May 04, 2014

Editorial: The unbrave

All we are saying . . .
Is get off your ass.

Saturday, National Iraqi News Agency reported Falluja Educational Hospital's Dr. Ahmed Shami announced the death toll has now reached 267 with another 1230 injured and that these include "women and children."

For four months now, prime minister and thug of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki has been bombing the residential neighborhoods of Falluja.  Why?  He's using collective punishment.  These are legally defined War Crimes.

But who will step up and call these crimes against humanity out?

All we are saying . . .
Is get off your ass.

Falluja is in Anbar Province.  Last week, Doctors Without Borders issued an alert about the Anbar crisis.  Great!  So they covered Nouri's bombings of the civilian population?

Uh . . .


Here's Doctors Without Borders:

Violence in Iraq’s Anbar Province has forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, many of whom are suffering from severe wounds or burns and psychological distress and are now living in dire conditions and facing a lack of access to necessary medical care, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today.
At least 380,000 people have fled their homes in Anbar. In the last month, more than 18,000 have sought refuge in Tikrit, the capital of neighboring Salah al-Din Province, where MSF is assisting them.
“People are arriving with very few belongings,” said Fabio Forgione, MSF head of mission in Iraq. “Most are staying in abandoned schools and mosques. The fact that they will probably be displaced for some time is likely to worsen their already harsh living conditions.”
Amid a very volatile security environment in Tikrit, MSF is providing displaced people with relief items and is assessing their medical needs.
Most of the people arriving in Tikrit are women and children, with many requiring medical attention for wounds, burns, and psychological distress caused by the fighting. Despite efforts by the local community to accommodate the newcomers, most displaced persons face very difficult living conditions, shortages of food and limited access to medical care.
The MSF team is working with local authorities and religious and community leaders to distribute blankets and hygiene kits to 15,000 displaced people in Tikrit, while determining how to respond to their medical needs in an extremely challenging security environment. 
“Access to the area remains the main challenge to providing aid,” said Forgione. “The security situation is highly volatile, which has made it very difficult for us to organize the distribution of relief items. Ensuring the permanent presence of our teams has been a real challenge.”
Anbar Province has been hit by a surge in fighting since late 2013, particularly around the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi. The violence is at its worst since 2008.
The recently displaced persons add to the more than 1.1 million displaced Iraqis unable to return to areas wracked by extreme violence from 2006 to 2008.

Since 2006, MSF has provided reconstructive surgical care in Amman, Jordan, to victims of violence from all over Iraq. Cases are referred through a network of Iraqi doctors. More than 2,000 Iraqi patients have received surgical care through this program, including nearly 300 patients from Anbar Province.

They could say all of that but they couldn't speak out against War Crimes?

All we are saying . . .
Is get off your ass.

Well Amnesty International is a human rights group.  Their charter, their very reason for being demands that they call out War Crimes.

And Amnesty International issued a statement last week as well.

So surely, they spoke out, right?

Here's their statement:

Failure of the Iraqi authorities to tackle an alarming spike in violence is exposing voters who wish to cast their ballots in the country’s parliamentary elections on 30 April to high risk of attack, said Amnesty International.
In the latest attack on Friday, at least 31 people were killed and several more injured after a series of blasts targeted a political party’s election rally in Baghdad. These are the third parliamentary elections to be held since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, but will be the first since the withdrawal of US troops in 2011.
“Iraq has been plagued by spiralling violence over the past year resulting in the highest numbers of casualties in years,” said Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.
“People should be able vote without fear of being deliberately targeted. It is the Iraqi authorities’ duty to ensure that people are able to participate in elections free from attacks by armed groups, intimidation by the security forces and any actions which will interfere with exercising their constitutional right to vote.”
Some 7,800 people, mostly civilians, were killed in 2013 – the highest death toll since 2008 - according to UN figures. The continuing sectarian divide between the majority Shi’a and minority Sunni population, is fuelling violence across Iraq. The Sunni Arab minority feels aggrieved, discriminated against and politically marginalized. Such grievances have led to clashes including in al-Anbar governorate which has seen some of the worst violence in recent months.
Iraqis are set to elect 328 new members for the Council of Representatives, Iraq’s Parliament. The new parliament will in turn elect a new Prime Minister, President and Cabinet.
The elections are being held against a backdrop of longstanding human rights violations: 
  • Thousands of detainees languish in prison without charge. Many of those who are brought to trial are sentenced to long prison terms after unfair proceedings.
  • In many cases convictions are based on “confessions” extracted under torture.
  • Iraq remains one the world’s most prolific executioners with 169 executions reported in 2013 – many on terrorism charges.
  • Torture and other ill-treatment inside prisons and detention centres remains rife and routinely goes unpunished.
  • Journalists also face regular assassination attempts or death threats and are not sufficiently protected by the Iraqi authorities. 
“The challenges for any incoming government will extend far beyond restoring security. Torture and other ill-treatment in prisons remains rampant. Detainees languish in prison without charge or face unfair trials and executions are spiralling,” said Said Boumedouha.
“The Iraqi authorities must do all they can to protect polling stations. No one should have to choose between risking their lives and electing their representatives to parliament.” 

Yeah, they choked as well.

No one's asking them to uncover the unknown.

These daily bombings have been reported for four months.

And collective punishment is a legally defined War Crime.

So all we are saying is get off your ass.

These are two of the victims.

  1. نموذج آخر لأهداف جيش المالكي الارهابي في حربه على الشعب: .
  2. نموذج لأهداف جيش المالكي الارهابي في حربه على الشعب: .

Maybe if people would find the spines to speak up, those children would not have been bombed in their homes by the leader of their own country?

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