Resolution calls for Saddam to be charged with war crimes against Iranians
Washington DC, September 24, 2004 - Only hours after Iraqi Interim Prime Minister Ilyad Allawi addressed a joint session of the US Congress, House Representatives Marty Meehan (D-MA) and Curt Weldon (R-PA) introduced a House Resolution calling for justice for Saddam Hussein's Iranian victims.
The resolution is a response to the Iraqi government's perplexing exclusion of Saddam's crimes against Iran - including his use of chemical warfare - in the trial against the former Iraqi dictator.
It urges the interim Government of Iraq to ensure that the charges brought against Saddam Hussein include the crimes his government committed against the people of Iran during the Iran-Iraq war 1980-1988.
An estimated 100,000 Iranians were affected by Saddam's chemical weapons, and the CIA concludes that 20,000 Iranians were killed by these weapons of mass destruction. Saddam's chemical warfare against Iran has been recognized by both the UN and the US government, and in 1990, the UN established Iraq as the aggressor in the Iraq-Iran war of 1980-88.
"For decades, Saddam Hussein committed gross human rights violations against his own people and anyone who challenged his reign," Congressman Meehan tells NIAC. "Now that he has been detained, it is critical that Saddam be held accountable for all of his crimes against humanity, including the use of chemical weapons against the Iranian people during the 1980s. Until all of Saddam's victims have their day in court, the full measure of justice will not be served."
Congressmen Meehan and Weldon's resolution has been warmly received by the Iranian-American community, who through NIAC's website has sent hundreds of letters to representatives urging Congress to take action.
"The response of the Iranian-American community has been very positive. This is an issue that transcends political ideologies and colors, it's simply about justice for innocent victims," says NIAC Executive Director Dokhi Fassihian.
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