[Stop-traffic] Iraq and the execution of prostitutes

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] Iraq and the execution of prostitutes
From: Migration Research (migrationresearch@chello.fr)
Date: Tue Nov 07 2000 - 03:56:09 EST


http://www.newsunlimited.co.uk/Breaking_News/UK/0,2478,643045,00.html

http://www.newsunlimited.co.uk/Breaking_News/UK/0,2478,643045,00.html

Neither report has many details.

One possible strategy would be to ask politicians who have travelled to Iran
to help the sanction thaw, for a specific response to the treatment of women
in Iraq and sex workers in particular. These responses could then be fed
back to Iraq to show that these executions could have a negative impact on
sanction thaw.

The story of executions and other abuses has been planted by the FCO in the
UK media to bolster support for sanctions as such it might be useful to show
the Iraqi that commiting such obvious abuses does hurt the sanction thaw.

We also need to consider the asylum implications for Iraqi sex workers. They
are now obviously a social group in real danger of State persecution because
of their membership of a particular social group.

Maybe we need to form a small lobby group around someone active in a Human
rights organisation to push this forward. Any volunteers ?

regards

John

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