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Mar 22 2013

Right to heal

white-house-event-image-390x242It’s the tenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. To mark this anniversary, Iraqis and U.S. military veterans have come together to hold the U.S. government accountable for the lasting effects of war and the rights of veterans and civilians to heal.

The Iraq war is not over for Iraqi civilians and U.S. veterans who continue to struggle with various forms of trauma and injury; the effect of environmental poisoning due to certain U.S. munitions and burn pits of hazardous material; and with a generation of orphans and displaced.

As Iraqi civil society tries to rebuild from the Iraq war as well as a decade of U.S. bombing and sanctions, they face political repression by a corrupt U.S.-established government that is selling off the country’s natural resources to foreign interests. The U.S continues this pattern of violations with its ongoing war in Afghanistan. The United States must be held accountable for its violations of the rights to life and health of these war-torn peoples.

Find out more about this initiative: the right to heal.

3 comments

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    Contessa de Metoncula

    In Wars, nobody wins except a small minority of people who profit from them. The only honour we can bestow on any veteran and victim on either side is to stop ALL WARS. Flowers and monuments are a bloodu affront and a bad Joke!

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    Rachel Corrie

    Wars are the only cowardly and bullyish way N. Americans, West and IsNOTrael can use to gain false respect. Nobody really respects their history, leaders or what they say. Not even the way in which their illegitimate states have been erected–stolen. The land nor the money is theirs. Afrika has breastfed N. America, while Palestine has supplied the IsNOTraelis. Respect you bomb, invade, rape, pillage and occupy for with propped-up governments is temporary, faux and ungodly.

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    davegilbert

    Like religion, war would be a big joke if so many didn’t die from it.

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