Declaration by the international coordinating committee of the World Tribunal on Iraq
on recent U.S.-led attacks against Iraqi towns and particularly Najaf
23 August 2004
We as members of the International Coordinating Group of the World Tribunal on Iraq wish to record the following statement:
An appalling silence prevails about the devastation being inflicted on the people of Iraq. Having staged a show of transferring power to Iraqi authorities, the U.S. has intensified military operations to stifle anything that dares to challenge occupation.
The World Tribunal on Iraq refuses to be part of this silence ... Based on our work to investigate and bring out the truth about what is happening in Iraq, we call attention to the following issues of grave concern in relation to the recent escalation of Coalition attacks in several cities in Iraq and particularly in Najaf:
We demand an immediate halt to this war on the people of Iraq and on their culture, soil, religion and habitat.
Peoples under occupation have a legitimate and incontestable right to resist forces of occupation. Modes of resistance employed may be contested, but this does not detract from the very basic right to resist invasion and occupation.
We stress that words of anguish in front of the atrocities being committed against the people of Iraq fail to amount to much as long as they are not coupled with an explicit stand against the current occupation.
We stand in full support of the right of the people of Iraq to resist occupation in defense of their freedom and sovereignty.
We demand the immediate withdrawal of all occupation troops from Iraq. This is the only way out of this spiral of violence.
We demand an opportunity for the Iraqi people to truly determine their own destiny.
We demand that the UN and governments throughout the world live up to their obligations to the peoples of the world and declare the criminality of the ongoing occupation and the unacceptability of the sham transfer of power.
We call upon the peoples of the world to raise their voices to demand an end to the horrific violence being committed against the people of Iraq by the United States. And we further call for an end to the silence about the crimes that have been committed against the people of Iraq by the U.S. and its allies and demand that that those responsible be held accountable.