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Iraq's Brutal Decrees (english)
23 Mar 2003
Amputation, Branding and the Death Penalty

Beginning in June 1994, the government of Iraq issued at least nine decrees that establish severe penalties, including amputation, branding and the death penalty for criminal offenses such as theft, corruption, currency speculation and military desertion. These new decrees greatly impinge on individual human rights and constitute violations of several international human rights conventions and standards.
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Personal Account of the Boston Rally and March on M22. (english)
23 Mar 2003
Modified: 10:35:45 PM
A Rally of 500 or more marched in a spontaneous unpermitted march from park Street to harvard square, holding sit-ins at points along the way, while being harassed by pro-war groups, some individuals and supported by many onlookers.
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Human Rights Watch Criticizes Iraq's Execution of Four Jordanians (english)
23 Mar 2003
In a letter today to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, Human Rights Watch expressed its deep concern over the execution of Walid Muhammad Tawfiq Nusseirat, Riziq Bishara Riziq, Sa`id Yusif `Ali al-Doji, and his brother Salah al-Doji. "In stark contrast to the rest of the world, which is moving to abolish the death penalty, Iraq is increasing the number of crimes punishable by death," said Human Rights Watch/Middle East executive director Hanny Megally. Unconfirmed reports indicate that several hundred new executions may have taken place in recent weeks.
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Austria Blasted for Release of Iraqi (english)
23 Mar 2003
Jordan Urged to Arrest Saddam Hussein Aide Accused of Genocide
(New York, August 18, 1999) -- Human Rights Watch today criticized the Austrian government for releasing a senior Iraqi leader accused of genocide, mass murder and torture.
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Iraq: Civilians Could Pay a High Price (english)
23 Mar 2003
Modified: 10:26:06 PM
The risk of civilian casualties from the fighting itself is likely to be particularly high in Iraq. Hussein will almost certainly attempt to draw the U.S. into an urban battle, one in which Iraqi civilians are used as human shields.
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Group Criticizes Iraq, Security Council on Sanctions (english)
23 Mar 2003
Human Rights Watch today strongly criticized the government of Iraq for refusing to cooperate with United Nations efforts to assess the country's humanitarian situation. In a letter sent yesterday to the government, Human Rights Watch called on President Saddam Hussein to reconsider its stance of non-cooperation.
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Clarify Fate of “Disappeared” in IRAQ (english)
23 Mar 2003
"If the general amnesty is in good faith, the government must also account for all those who did not emerge into the daylight this week."
Hanny Megally, executive director of the Middle East and North Africa Division at Human Rights Watch
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Justice Needed for Iraqi Government Crimes (english)
23 Mar 2003
"Justice for past crimes is going to be an enormous issue if Saddam Hussein falls. Perpetrators of gross human rights abuse should obviously not be a part of any new government."

Hanny Megally, Executive Director of the Middle East and North Africa Division of Human Rights Watch.
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msnbc protest poll (english)
22 Mar 2003
Modified: 23 Mar 2003
they ask if protest is un-american
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Peace in Iraq, it beats war! (does it?) (english)
22 Mar 2003
Modified: 23 Mar 2003
Yesterday was a big day of protest. Hundreds of thousands took to the streets in various cities worldwide in the name of protesting “war on/against Iraq.” The “war” being protested, of course, is American intervention aimed at a change of regime in Iraq.
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