Iraq Sanctions Challenge

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For Immediate Release
Attention Assignment Editor
Press Contact: Deirdre Sinnott

April 10, 1998

Major Delegation to challenge U.S./UN Sanctions Against Iraq

Ramsey Clark & Bishop Thomas Gumbleton to Lead the Largest U.S. Delegation to Travel to Iraq with Medical Aid

A large delegation of religious leaders, medical professionals and anti-war activists will travel to Iraq from May 6 through May 13, 1998 to bring in badly needed medical supplies. Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General, will head the Iraq Sanctions Challenge Delegation as it travels to Iraq.

Others on the delegation include, Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of Detroit, Rev. Lucius Walker of Pastors for Peace, Christoph Arnold (author and Elder of the Bruderhof Community), Sara Flounders, Gloria La Riva and Brian Becker of the International Action Center, Clayton Remy of Fellowship of Reconciliation, Kathy Kelly of Voices in the Wilderness, Kadouri Al Kaysi of the Committee in Support of the Iraqi People, Rania Masri of Iraq Action Coalition, Sonya Ostrom of Metro NY Peace Action, Attorney Michael Tarif Warren, Dr. Barbara Nimri Aziz (Anthropologist), and Manzoor Ghori of the American Muslims for Global Peace and Justice. Many other activists and community organizers will also be participating.

"The U.S./UN sanctions against Iraq have killed over 1.5 million people since their imposition," said Ramsey Clark. "It's the clearest form of genocide and it's the U.S. government who insists upon the sanctions. It is incumbent upon us to challenge the sanctions and to bring medicine to the people of Iraq. They deserve this and so much more. The only way to stop the human tragedy is to completely lift the sanctions."

A send off meeting is planned in New York City on the evening of May 5th. Meetings and press conferences are being planned in cities all over the country as delegates of the Iraq Sanctions Challenge travel to Baghdad.

"This delegation represents the hundreds of thousands of people from across the country who oppose these devastating sanctions," said Sara Flounders of the International Action Center. "We will bring back first-hand information about the effects of the sanctions. This awareness will help build a massive, concerted effort to end the sanctions."

More details about the sanctions and the Iraq Sanctions Challenge are available on the web site: The Challenge application deadline is April 15, 1998.

From: International Action Center
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 11:32:48 +0200

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