(en) Children March to UN to End Iraqui Sanctions

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 1997 Press Contacts: 212-633-6646 Sara Flounders, Kadouri Al Kaysi

INTERNATIONAL PROTESTS TO DEMAND AN END TO IRAQI SANCTIONS 100 CITIES PLAN DEMONSTRATIONS, TEACH-INS IN NEW YORK, TUESDAY, JULY 1 CHILDREN'S MARCH TO UN SAYS "LET THE CHILDREN LIVE"

The U.S. is threatening to tighten sanctions against Iraq. At the same time, international protests are planned in over 100 cities worldwide during the week from June 26 to July 1. The actions will demand an end all the U.S.-led economic strangulation of the Iraqi population imposed by the UN Security Council. Demonstrations are scheduled in cities on all five continents--from Iceland to South Africa, from the West Bank in Palestine to Japan.

On July 1, hundreds of children from schools, mosques, churches and day care centers in New York City will lead a march to the United Nations. That is the scheduled day of the Security Council's bi-monthly review of the Iraqi sanctions. Sohair Soukkary of the Arab Womens Solidarity Association, a coordinator of the July 1 Children's March, said, "The children will deliver petitions and mes ge from cities participating in the week of opposition. Their young voices will say to the Security Council, "Let the Children Live."

All the actions will focus on UN reports which confirm the sanctions are responsible for the premature deaths of over a million Iraqis in the last seven years. Over half the victims are children. More than 4,500 children under the age of five are still dying every month in Iraq due to the economic embargo. One third of all Iraqi children are stunted and deformed by malnutrition.

Sara Flounders, coordinator of the International Action Center, said, "The sanctions are a brutal form of war that has implications for any country that attempts to resist U.S. dictates. The economic strangling of Iraq by the UN Security Council could not continue if people around the world knew about and confronted the sanctions. Sanctions are truly a U.S. weapon of mass destruction."

The International Action Center has been organizing to end the sanctions against Iraq for the past seven years.

Rania Masri of the Iraq Action Coalition, who has helped to initiate the week of opposition said, "The teach-ins and protests in 100 cities reveal the growing international opposition. At their annual convention last week, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee set up a special task force to organize opposition to the sanctions. We must continue to organize to defeat this criminal policy which targets the entire nation of Iraq."

For more information on protests, call the Iraq Action Coalition at (919) 848-4738, fax at (919) 846-7422, or e-mail at IAC@leb.net. Or call the International Action Center at (212) 633-6646, fax at (212) 633-2889, or e-mail iacenter@iacenter.org.

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