An Open Letter to the UN from Iraqi Coordination Committee of the Democratic Current -UK
- 30/12/2012 00:00:00
Your Excellency is undoubtedly concerned with the sufferings of our country Iraq and the alarming deterioration of all aspects of its political, economic and social state of affairs. This situation has deprived its citizens from living in peace and prosperity, thus contravening the relevant articles of the UN charter.
Since its occupation in 2003 and up till now, Iraq’s remote districts survive in almost total deprivation caused by the lack of electric power. Those who can afford it pay the equivalent of $180 a month to private subcontractors for the privilege of having this service for a few hours a day. Ironically, the government has spent nearly $27 billion of its budget on power utilities. Similarly, Iraqi citizens lack potable drinking water in the country well-known as Mesopotamia, blessed with the Twin Rivers of the Tigris and Euphrates and their tributaries. As for other essential services, they fall within the realm of imagination. Only a few hours of rainfall in recent days have caused widespread flooding due to the lack of a modern urban drainage network. According to UNSESCO’s latest report, the capital Baghdad is one of the dirtiest and most polluted cities in the world. According to reports by other international organisations, such as FAO, Iraq is on the brink of desertification due to the lack of modern projects of afforestation and management of its water resources environmentally. Statistics issued by the Ministry of Agriculture show that 80% of Iraq’s land has been affected by desertification.
The security situation has also deteriorated, causing scores of casualties among its innocent civilians almost daily. As for education, the system has deteriorated drastically at all stages, caused by the imposition of practices alien to modern education systems. The health system has suffered a similar fate. In a country that has undergone several catastrophic wars the proportion of people afflicted by depleted Uranium has reached alarming levels, especially in the southern provinces.
The government’s systematic militarisation of the country, and deploying the armed forces in the suppression of the people, clearly indicate that relics of the previous regime are being resurrected in the current political system. Violations of public freedoms are manifested in the attacks on popular demonstrations, and social and cultural clubs. Individual freedoms have also been violated, by imposing a dress-code and interfering with hair style, with some ministries also requiring their staff to divulge personal information on political affiliation of themselves and their relatives up to the fourth degree.
Although ten years have elapsed since the removal of the dictatorial regime, the Iraqi citizens have not witnessed a genuine desire to undertake political, economic and social reforms. On the contrary, according to UNICEF, there are more than five million children deprived of their basic rights. According to conservative press estimates there are more than four million Iraqi refugees in the Diasporas. There are more than four million widows, divorcees and orphans. A third of Iraq’s population live below the poverty line. While Iraq’s annual budget exceeds $100 billion, its standard of living ranks as 131 out of 142 countries.
In disregard of the aforementioned situation, the major political parties’ top priority has been to ensure their own personal and narrow party interests at the expense of Iraq’s present and the future of its people. This is clearly demonstrated by the setting up of imaginary projects and companies as well as the epidemic of corruption, which has infected almost all government departments, rendering its practice as a social norm. According to the International Transparency Organization, Iraq is ranked at the top of the most corrupt countries. The principle of transfer of political power has been disregarded as political issues are settled on the basis of the sectarian-ethnic power-sharing system which has proved to be an utter failure.
The Iraqi Democratic Current (IDC), which groups together political parties, civil society organisations and independent figures, who are renowned for their competence, respect of law and integrity, wishes to draw your attention to the danger of the situation in the country exploding and creating problems with unforeseen consequences. We firmly believe in democracy as the best system for ruling a country with diverse ethnicities and identities. We advocate the setting up of a civic state based on respecting the rule of law, and relying on the Constitution to resolve problems. We oppose all violations of the people’s rights, regardless of sectarian, ethnic and tribal affiliation. We also promote the protection of Iraq’s natural and human resources.
Accordingly, based on our assessment of the above-mentioned issues, we appeal to your Excellency and respectfully cite Article 62, Clause 2, and Articles 73 and 74 of the United Nations Charter, and request the following:
1- Ensuring the independence of the Electoral Commission, to be free from the influence of the ruling political parties, and discarding the practice of power-sharing on the basis of sectarian and ethnic affiliation and clanship in its formation.
2- Ensuring the amendment of the Provincial Elections Law, and abiding by the verdicts of the Supreme Court, which prevent the transfer of votes of the blocs that do not attain the statutory electoral threshold and allocating them to the winning blocs as was done in the previous elections.
3- Monitoring and supervising of the elections by international observers who are unbiased, as commissioned by you.
4- Respect of the principle of the peaceful transfer of power.
The Committee of the Iraqi Democratic Current – UK
2nd December 2012-London
1- IDC /USA
2- IDC /Germany
3- IDC /Denmark – “Iraq deserves better”
4- IDC /Sweden
5- IDC /Canada
6- IDC /Australia
7- IDC /Norway
8- IDC /Bulgaria
9- IDC /France
10- IDC /New Zealand
Translated from Arabic by Mr M T Ali (MCIL)
- 30/12/2012 00:00:00