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.
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.
"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
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.
Did you witness an arrest at the Day After Emergency Response to the War March?
We desparately need eyewitness reports, photographs and video of any arrests during the Emergency Response to the War march that left from Copley Square at 7pm.
One arrested protestor is facing serious charges and we need your help in building a defense case.
Tonight the police corralled people with motorcycles, and used other aggressive tactics to control the crowd demonstrating against the war in Iraq. If you or someone you know was hurt in today's anti-war demonstrations, contact the Boston Area Liberation Medics.