- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Geneva, March 31, 1999 (U.N. Information Service) — Max van der Stoel, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iraq, introducing his annual report, said that over the past eight years, he had submitted almost one thousand pages of reporting on this topic, and all the while serious human rights violations had continued without the slightest indication of any change in the Iraqi Government’s policy or of any effort or intention to improve the situation. All the while, the Government had simply denied everything.

Mr. van der Stoel said he now had the sad duty to tell the Commission [on Human Rights] once again that there were credible allegations of numerous and systematic arbitrary executions in Iraq; interferences with the independent religious practices of the Shi’ite community; continuing internal deportations of ethnic Kurds; violations of the rights to food and health; and violations of the rights of the child. The Government continued to fail even to cooperate in efforts to resolve the hundreds of cases of missing Kuwaitis and others who disappeared under the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait years ago.

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