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War Reparations & Iraq: Questions & Answers

Who Established the War Reparations Claims Process?

In April 1991, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 687. This Resolution established the legal foundation to file, examine, determine and impose war reparations claims against Iraq. These claims arise from the invasion and occupation of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein’s regime in 1990-1991. Resolution 687 established the foundation for creating a fund out of which to pay for war reparations claims and for creating the United Nations Compensation Commission (U.N.C.C.).

Resolution 687 states that:

“Iraq…is liable under international law for any direct loss, damage, including environmental damage and the depletion of natural resources, or injury to foreign governments, nationals and corporations as a result of Iraq’s unlawful invasion and occupation of Kuwait.”

A Challenge to Care for Iraq

June 29, 2005

For the past 15 years, our country has waged war against the Iraqi people. Over 15 years of bombs and sanctions, our country deliberately and with malice destroyed Iraq’s water treatment and distribution system, health care system, and educational system. Over 15 years, our country created the conditions under which Iraqis are forced to seek subsistence on a meagre food distribution system, now under threat of being monetized. Over 15 years, our country destroyed Iraq’s economy, creating a current condition of unknowingly high rates of unemployment.

Despite Regime Change, Kuwait Debts Keep Mounting

by Haider Rizvi

June 22, 2005

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 21 (IPS) - International social justice groups are calling on the United Nations to stop paying out millions of dollars in Iraqi oil revenues to Kuwaiti businesses and individuals as war reparations for Saddam Hussein’s invasion of that country 15 years ago.

The Legacy of Debt

June 23, 2005

GENEVA–As I made my journey from Camden, New Jersey to Geneva I became overwhelmed with curiosity imagining what a country that stayed ambitiously neutral during World War II, and had produced such recognized documents as the Geneva Conventions would be like. Would Geneva be a haven of progressive politics and social radicalism? Or would the shroud of Calvinism and the “protestant work ethic” thwart my romantic sway? Upon arriving I found Geneva to be a beautiful city, confident, elegant and spotless! However, the immense “success” of the banking industry fills the poetic potency of the city with the sterile air of classicism. The revolutionary social writings of one of Switzerland’s most well known philosophers, Jean Jacques Rousseau, appear to have been written upon the banks of the Lake Geneva, and washed away by the ever strengthening tides of globalization. His legacy preoccupies my mind as I amble through avenues full of familiar names: McDonalds, Starbucks, H&M …