Support Iraqi protests!


20 February 2024

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While millions across the world watched live 18 days of dramatic revolution that ousted the US-allied torture-friendly regime of Hosni Mubarak, no one is offered live feed from Iraq of its people’s uprising against an enemy much worse.

And while President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton are being lauded for their supposed support for Egyptian democracy, no one is asking the key question Washington can’t answer: When will members of this US administration and the three previous face trial for crimes against humanity in Iraq?

Despite US hypocrisy, nothing will prevent the collapse of US geostrategic goals in the Arab region. It is not by direct confrontation that this is happening, nor by ideology. The interests of the people are opposed to the model of underdevelopment Washington and allies propose and police.

The year of revolutions

Across the Arab world, 2024 appears set to be remembered as the “year of revolutions”. In Iraq, ravaged by eight years of US occupation, plunder, destruction and death, protests have burst forth in Baghdad, Kut, Basra, Kirkuk, Ramadi, Sulaymaniyah and tens of other locations. As usual, the people face live fire.

We declare our solidarity with the people of Iraq in protest. We declare our solidarity with the martyrs of the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions, and all martyrs of Arab uprisings. We put Washington on notice that it is your policies that are being defeated, and it is your alliances that are falling apart.

The region is witness to a rolling tide of Arab renaissance, led by the aspirations of the Arab youth. No injustice will be spared criticism. No lie will remain unexposed.

Support Iraqi protests!


Stand in support of the Iraqi people in their struggle against state terrorism and repression, generalised corruption, a falsified political process and its state apparatus, generalised lack and collapse of public services, poverty and unemployment, systematic abuse of human rights by the government and its militias, illegal contracts, treaties and a constitution imposed under occupation, and foreign plans to destroy Iraqi culture, economy and unity.

Stand in support of the Iraqi people’s struggle for freedom, democracy, dignity, unity and social justice.

Stand in support of the Iraqi people in their uprising, and in solidarity with all Arabs at this dawn of a new era!

The game is over! We demand that Maliki’s government leave without shedding the blood of innocent Iraqis on 25 February, Iraq’s “Day of Peaceful Anger”.

We demand that other states withdraw support from Maliki and not provide cover for a government bloodbath.

We are certain the people of Iraq will achieve victory, like their Tunisian and Egyptian brothers and sisters.

Dr Ian Douglas, member of the BRussells Tribunal Executive Committee and coordinator of the International Initiative to Prosecute US genocide in Iraq – UK/Egypt
Abdul Ilah Albayaty, political analyst and activist, member of the BRussells Tribunal Executive Committee and the International Initiative to Prosecute US genocide in Iraq – France/Iraq
Hana Al Bayaty, political analyst and activist, member of the BRussells Tribunal Executive Committee and the International Initiative to Prosecute US genocide in Iraq, – France/Iraq
Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, President Perdana Global Peace Foundation – Malaysia

Eduardo Galeano, writer and activist - Uruguay
Father Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, former president of the UN General Assembly

Denis Halliday, former UN Assistant Secretary General & United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq 1997-98 – Ireland

Hans Von Sponeck, Former UN Assistant Secretary General & United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq 1998-2000 – Germany
Prof Dr Lieven De Cauter, philosopher, K.U. Leuven / Rits, initiator of the BRussells Tribunal – Belgium

Dr Curtis F J Doebbler, international human rights lawyer – USA/Palestine

Dr Gideon Polya, Australian scientist, academic, author and human rights activist, Melbourne – Australia

Michael Parenti, Ph.D., author – USA

Felicity Arbuthnot, journalist – UK 
Paola Manduca, professor of genetics DIBIO, University of Genoa – Italy
Lamis Andoni, journalist – Palestine
Serene Assir, writer/journalist – Lebanon/Spain
Dirk Adriaensens, member of the BRussells Tribunal Executive Committee, coordinator SOS Iraq – Belgium
Matthias Chang, law specialist, Perdana Global Peace Foundation and the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War – Malaysia
Cynthia McKinney, Green Party US Presidential Candidate – USA
Dr Zulaiha Ismail, Perdana Global Peace Foundation – Malaysia
Nilofer Bhagwat, Vice President of Indian Lawyers Association – India

Ahmad Manai, Former expert with the UN, Former President of Tlaxcala, President of the Tunisian Institute of International Relations – Tunisia

Prof. Patrick Deboosere, Demographer VUB – Belgium

Frank Barat, Coordinator Russell Tribunal on Palestine – UK

Hans F. Schweinsberg, Public Awareness Education, Programs (PAEP) of the Sciences and Humanities - Technology and Global Bioethics; Member of Forum UNESCO;  International PEN;  United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Lori Price, Editor-in-Chief, Citizens For Legitimate Government – USA

Prof. Dr. Sefik Alp Bahadir, Director, Center for Iraq Studies, University of Erlangen, Nuremberg – Germany

Saadallah Al Fathi, Former Advisor, Ministry of Oil – Iraq

Dr Souad Al Azzawi, Asst. Prof. Env. Eng. - University of Baghdad – Iraq

Sabah Al-Mukhtar, President ARAB LAWYERS ASSOCIATION – UK

Ward Treunen, member of the Executive Committee of the BRussells Tribunal – Belgium

Hussein Al-alak, chair, The Iraq Solidarity Campaign – UK

Luke Wilcox, Development and Communications Director Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project

Prof. Dr. Eric Corijn, Centre for Urban Research COSMOPOLIS - City, Culture & Society. Programme in European Urban Cultures (POLIS) UNICA Euromaster in Urban Studies (4Cities) – Belgium

Sigyn Meder, member of the Iraqi Solidarity Association in Stockholm  Sweden
Mike Powers, member of the Iraqi Solidarity Association in Stockholm  Sweden

John Catalinotto, International Action Center – USA

Sara Flounders, co-director, International Action Center – USA

Dr. Bert De Belder, Medical Aid for the Third World, INTAL – Belgium

Janine Borel, responsable du Comité de lutte contre la Barbarie et l'Arbitraire – France

Frederick Bowie, independent journalist

Yasar Mohammed Salman Hasan – Iraq

Alan Bishop, musician, Sun City Girls, Brothers Unconnected, Sublime frequencies – USA

Bob Buzzanco, professor of history, University of Houston – USA

Dr. Osama Al-Zand, University Professor (Retired) – Canada

Dr Edward Horgan, human rights activist – Ireland

Elizabeth Aaronsohn, Ed.D, Central CT State University

Dhr. E. Vergers, Haarlem – The Netherlands

Higinio Polo, Professor and writer. Barcelona – Spain

Basem Khader

Cristina Gay – Belgium

Francois Hien, Film director – FranceJulie Brenta, Movie editor – Belgium

Annette Jacobson

Insaf Kalaji, writer

Izumi Tanaka, Tokyo Japan

Lamees Ibrahim

John Cooper

Kick Leijnse, – Sweden

Juliane Spitta, Stuttgart – Germany

Peter Mundhenk

Nancy L Singham, Chicago – USA

Barrie Zwicker – Canada

Göran Forsberg – Sweden

Perdana Global Peace Foundation
Ad-Hoc Committee for Justice for Iraq

B. Ross Ashley, executive member, St Paul's NDP – Canada

Brad Butler, artist, The Museum of non Participation – UK

Karen Mirza, artist, The Museum of non Participation – UK

Laura Westra, Ph.D., Ph.D.(Law) Professor Emerita (Philosophy) University of Windsor Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Law, University of Milano (Bicocca)

Allen L. Jasson, – UK

John Bart Gerald, poet, writer – USA / Canada

Einar Schlereth, Journalist Tlaxcala

Sinfo Fernández, Translator,

Fernando Sancho, member of Biladi Palestinian Asociation – Bilbao / Spain

Koen Claerhout, Cultural producer – Germany / Belgium

Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project,

Mike Springmann

Hugh Esco

Nancy Matthews

Pippa Bartolotti

Pierre Plougonven

Aminah Hanum

Tsilli golden berg

Rohini Hensman, writer – India

Hazel Fuller – UK

Sinfo Fernández

Mujeeb Ebrahim

Deborah Veneziale

Zainuddin Mohamed Ismail – Singapore

Nadia Ferro

Vini Pereira

Laura Borst

José Wadih Maluf

Ronald Strand

Hiyam Noir

Kerstin Johassan

Salah Salim Ali – Norway

Muna El Shorbagi, researcher, Cairo – Egypt

Professor Hazim Awbi – UK

Michael Culver, actor, peace protester

René Broens, artist, researcher Antwerp – Belgium

Mieke de Loof, writer Antwerp – Belgium

Ramez Philippe Maalouf, Master's in Human Geography, University of São Paulo – Brazil

Marianne Birkby, on behalf of Radiation Free Lakeland, Cumbria – UK

Radiation Free Lakeland

Julie Maas, artist – Canada

Ángel Alonso, teacher – Spain

Terry O'Connor  – Canada

Mohammad Askari

Marie Noel Lombart

Ilona Sztana – The Netherlands

KS Gupta – UK

Adriana Auderset – Switzerland

Manzur Khan

Take action!

1. Endorse this statement by writing here (

2. There is a virtual blackout on the uprising in Iraq in the Western media. Take initiative and demand that news outlets put Iraq back on the agenda where you are.

3. For updated information on the uprising in Iraq follow here (Arabic) and here (English)