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COUNCIL URGES GOVT TO THINK AGAIN ON IRAQ SANCTIONS
The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council has urged the Australian Government to reconsider its policy of supporting economic sanctions on Iraq and to instead work at the international level for the urgent lifting of the sanctions.
    In its latest position paper, it labels as 'disproportionate and indiscriminate' the economic sanctions imposed against Iraq after the Gulf War a decade ago.
    Appealing to Catholic moral teaching, the paper says that all coercive measures, whether military in nature or not, must observe the letter and the spirit of humanitarian law.
    It says: "As with other coercive measures, sanctions should not have indiscriminate or disproportionate effects on the civilian population. The suffering and premature deaths of untold numbers of children and rising numbers of maternal deaths in Iraq bear witness to the failure of the UN imposed sanctions to meet these criteria."
   
ACSJC
   
16 Aug 00



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