Petition
to
House of Representatives

We, the undersigned Australian residents, draw the attention of the House to the following:

THAT the United Nation sanctions against Iraq, in which Australia is a participant, are causing massive suffering and death among Iraqi civilians, mostly children, from starvation and preventable disease, and that the country is now threatened by famine;

THAT many goods now under embargo are in fact necessary for humanitarian purposes in Iraq, such as parts for the repair of sanitation systems, and some heart and cancer medicines;

THAT a country's right to purchase food and medicine should never be made conditional upon the fulfillment of some other demand (such as the payment of reparations for example);

Therefore your petitioners humbly call upon Parliament:

TO ENACT legislation instructing the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to lobby vigorously in the international arena for an immediate and unconditional broadening of humanitarian exemptions from the sanctions against Iraq, including:

AND TO ISSUE a statement of principle calling for an end to the sanctions against Iraq, and calling on the governments of the world to address their differences with the government of Iraq in ways which do not violate the human rights and religious freedom of Iraq's inhabitants.
 
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Iraq Petition
 
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