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UPDATE: (see also Boycott proposals)
Human Shields to Stop War Against Iraq
This is an idea that has been voiced for a while and was recently adopted by the Cairo Conference as a recommendation. See the Cairo Declaration. Traprock had participated in discussions of this idea, as noted below with its proposal that Nobel Peace Laureates go to Iraq. We wrote to Jimmy Carter on December 23 proposing that he head such a delegation.
See Back to Iraq as a Human Shield (December 29, 2002) from the the Observer.
Action Ideas from Voices in the Wilderness and Traprock Peace Center
(sent via email to lists)
Greetings - Traprock is reprinting below a letter from Voices in the Wilderness and offering its own campaign idea as well. (VITW's suggestions concerning a letter are gearred for US citizens. Our international friends may wish to adapt the suggested format to a non-American perspective. (Photo of Muslim couple in Wichita, KS by Charlie Jenks)
Another campaign suggestiona (and perhaps others have proposed this as well) is one that I proposed on Oct 1 to a major international peace organization. I then followed-up a phone conversation with an email that included the following:
"As you know, Voices in the Wilderness has organized citizen groups to go to Iraq as human shields and witnesses. [I expressed doubt that this would deter the start of a bombing campaign by itself.]"
"What if Nobel Peace Prize Laureates went? I am thinking of the 20 or so who signed the appeal for a decade of education in non-violence. For example, they could go in pairs and stay in Baghdad for a spell to be replaced by another pair."
It's an idea, and a desperate one perhaps, but desperate measures may be the only ones available soon. It would dramatize the situation and perhaps cause a pause and enable international outrage to intensify. (Photo of Kids at peace rally in Greenfield, MA by Charlie Jenks)
This writer believes that the US is trying to get the UN to effectively wash its hands of the situation with the new "compromise" resolution. The UN would feel it did not authorize force, while the Bush Administration would point to the UN resolution as suportive (even if mildly so) as well as the Congressional resolution. If it did not have a suportive UN resolution, it has said it could rely on the Congressional as all the authorization it would need to attack Iraq. Recently, I have talked and written to another group that works a lot with Nobel Peace Prize winners. They have considering whether to support the idea and convey it to the Laureates.
Traprock Peace Center
October 15 2002
TWO IMMEDIATE ACTIONS (as suggested by Voices in the Wilderness) (Photo of Khafar Macknala in Iraq by Voices in Wilderness)
As the Security Council begins to debate a new resolution relating to military action against Iraq, Voices in the Wilderness would like to generate a huge number of letters to specific members of the SC. Mr. Hans von Sponeck, former head of the UN Food for Oil prograim in Iraq until he resigned in protest in 2000, has concurred that this could be an effective action at this time. Letters should go to three of the permanent members of the SC (France, China - President for November, Russia) and to Cameroun (was President for October) and to Denmark (currently heading the EU). Here is the contact information for the member states we are suggesting.
[Traprock Note: We have researched the Security Council contact information and have updated it significantly. We have also added contact information for the Danish Presidency of the European Union. You may find a complete list of Security Council members at http://www.un.org/Docs/scinfo.htm#MEMBERS. Here is a letter sent to the following missions by email]
Wang Yingfan, Ambasador
Permanent Representative of the People's Republic
of China to the UN
Telephone: 212-655-6100 (general)
FAX: 212-634-7626 (general)
Tel: 212-655-6191 (Wang Yingfan)
Fax: 212-481-2998 (Wang Yingfan)
S. E. M. Jean-David Levitte, Ambassadeur
Permanent Representative of France to the UN
Telephone: (212) 308-5700
FAX: 212-421-6889 (Main and weekends); fax Political Division: (212) 207-8765
French foreign ministry - http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/courrier/default.asp?lang=gb
See an online letter that we've sent.
H.E. Mr. Sergey Lavrov
Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation
to the UN
Telephone: (212) 861-4900, 4901, 4902
President of the Russian Federation: http://www.gov.ru/main/mail_en.html or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Permanent Representative of Cameroon to the UN
Téléphone : +1(212)-794-2296
Fax : +1 (212)-249-0533
DENMARK (Danish European Presidency website)
Prime Ministers Office
Phone, +45 33922259, e-mail: email@example.com
Ambassador, Diplomatic Adviser (Head of Foreign, European and Defense policy)
Phone +45 33922203, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Adviser (EU Policy)
Phone +45 33922271, e-mail: email@example.com
Senior Adviser (Foreign and Security Policy)
Phone: +45 33922299, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Minister for European Affairs
Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen
Press Officer to the Minister for Foreign Affairs
Phone: +45 33920601, e-mail: email@example.com
Søren Juul Jørgensen
Press Officer to the Minister for European Affairs
Phone + 45 33920615, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of EU Policy Department (Danish EU Presidency, EU policy, Convention on the future of the EU)
Phone +45 33920655, e-mail: email@example.com
Head of EU Enlargement/Eastern Europe Department
Phone: +45 33920415, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of Middle East Department
Phone: +4533920345, e-mail: email@example.com
Head of Security Policy Department (EU common foreign and security policy: security and defence matters, including the Danish defence exemption)
Phone: +45 33920669, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
From Voices in the Wilderness: "Write short letters saying how as US citizens we have worked to keep our nation from escalation of the economic and military warfare on Iraq. Tell them that now we ask them to do all in their power to keep the US from carrying out its war plan against the Iraqi people. (Photo - Traprock Peace Center)
And we would like to keep track of how many such letters are sent. Just send a brief e-mail to email@example.com saying you sent some number of letters. We are encouraging other organizations to begin similar campaigns.
And while you are at the writing desk: Please write to Jimmy Carter. Congratulate him on receiving the Nobel Peace
Prize, and ask that he continue to use his unique position to speak out vigorously against military action in Iraq and against the
administration's arrogant policies toward the UN and toward other nations (the so-called Bush Doctrine). Write to President Jimmy Carter, FAX to 404-331-0283. If you would rather leave a message, you can call the Carter offices at 404-331-3900 and ask for extension 125 to leave a recorded message. [Traprock Note: If you fax Jimmy Carter, we suggest sending a letter to his following mailing address as well:
President Jimmy Carter
The Carter Center
453 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30307
(by the way, his website says he declines to accept emails.)]
Please do this now as the UN debate is beginning.
Thanks for this and for all that you are doing for peace.
Voices in the Wilderness"
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