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Editor's Update--In 2000 Washington relented (under heavy European pressure) and allowed some reconstruction supplies to be imported for Iraq's bombed out irrigation, sanitation, and agricultural installations.  90% of Iraq's electricity generation facilities had also been destroyed.  On Nov. 28th, 2001 we called the United Nations Iraq sanctions office and learned that $1 Billion of supplies to reconstruct electric generation has been "on hold"  since nearly a year. Two years later Washington was blocking $5 billion of approved imports.    Any UN Security Council member can put Iraq imports "on hold," but so far it was always Washington which did it. For more on sanctions see link at bottom of page.

A LITTLE LIST OF PROHIBITED IMPORTS INTO IRAQ        

by Elias Davidsson                                                                                          

22 December 1997

Courtesy of  Iraq Action Coalition

Here are some of the products which the Security Council of the United Nations considers that the Iraqi civilian population are not entitled to, because they are not considered as full human beings. Your country, by special regulations that are not widely known in your country, endorses and enforces this collective punishment of the Iraqi population.

The list includes mainly consumer products which are now available to the world's population without any restriction. It must be added that in order to impoverish Iraq and make its population dependent upon foreign imports, raw materials, machines and tools for industry and agriculture are also prohibited by the United Nations, unless the Iraqi government can prove, on a case by case base, that a specific consignment is urgently required for 'humanitarian' needs.

I urge readers of this list to imagine themselves being denied all the following products for a period of more than 7 years. This should give a small idea of what we are doing to the Iraqis. If there is any mistake in the list or any important consumer product category missing, please inform me (Elias Davidsson, email: edavid@itn.is).

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Accumulators

Adhesive paper

Aluminium foil

AM-FM receivers

Ambulances

Amplifiers

Answering machines

Armored cable

Ashtrays

Auto polish

Axes

Bags

Baking soda

Balls (for children, for sport)

Baskets

Bath brushes

Batteries

Battery chargers

Beads

Bearings

Bed lamps

Belts

Benches

Bicycles

Books (all categories included)

Bottles

Bowls

Boxes

Brass

Broilers

Busses

Calculators

Cameras

Candles

Candlesticks

Canvas (yes, there are also painters in Iraq, didn't you know ?)

Carpets

Cars

Carts

Carving knives

Cellophane

Chairs

Chalk

Chess boards

Chiffon

Children's wear

Chisels Clocks

Cloth

Chlorine

Clutches

Coats

Coaxial cable

Cogs

Coils

Colors for painting

Combs

Compressors (for cooling equipment) (Iraq is a hot country)

Computers and computer supplies

Copper

Cupboards

Cups Desk lamps

Desks

Detergents

Dictaphones

Dishware

Dishwashers

Dolls

Doorknobs

Doormats

Drawing knives

Dresses

Drills

Dryers

Dustcloths

Dyes

Dynamos

Easels

Electric cookers

Electric cords

Envelopes

Eyeglasses

Fabrics

Fans

Fax machines

Fibers

Files

Filing cabinets

Filing cards

Films

Filters

Flashlights

Flowerpots

Forks

Fountain pens

Furniture polish

Fuses

Gas burners

Gauges

Generators

Girdles

Glass

Glue

Gowns

Grills

Grindstone

Hairpins

Hammers

Handkerchiefs

Hats

Headlights

Headphones

Hearing aids

Hedge trimmers

Helmets

Hoes

Hooks

Hookup wires

Hoses

Hydraulic jacks

Ink (read: The prohibition on writing)

Ink cartridges

Insulator strips

Interruptors

Jackets

Jacks

Joints

Jumpers

Kettles

Knives

Lamp shades

Lathes

Lawn mowers

Leather

Levers

Light bulbs

Light meters

Lime

Magazines (including scientific and medical journals)

Magnesium

Magnets

Masonite

Mastic

Matches

Measurings equipment

Mica

Microfiche

Microphones

Microscopes

Mirrors

Mops

Motorbikes

Motors

Mufflers

Mugs

Music cassettes

Music CDs

Musical instruments

Nail brushes

Nail files

Napkins

Notebooks

Oil cans

Oil gauges

Oil lamps

Oscillators

Packaging materials

Pails

Painters' brushes

Paints

Pans

Paper clips

Paper for printing

Paper for wrapping

Paper for writing

Pens

Percolators

Pesticides

Photocopiers

Photometers

Pincers

Pincettes

Pins

Plastics

Plates

Plexiglas

Pliers

Plugs

Plywood

Porcelain

Pots

Potties

Press drills

Pressure cookers

Printing equipment

Pulleys

Putty

Radiators for cars

Razor blades

Razors

Reels

Relays

Riveters

Roasters

Rubber

Rugs

Rulers

Sandals

Sandpaper

Saucers

Saws

Scales

Scoreboards

Screws

Seals

Seats

Shampoo

Sheers

Shelves

Shirts

Shock absorbers

Shoe polish

Shoes

Shoppint carts

Shovels

Silicon

Silver polish

Skirts

Soap

Soap pads

Sockets

Socks

Solder

Soldering irons

Spark plugs

Spatulas

Sponges

Spoons

Stamps

Staplers

Starters

Stoves

Straps

Suits

Sun hats

Swimming suits

Switches

Tables

Tacks

Tags

Telephone cables

Telephones

Tents

Thermomethers

Threads

Timber

Timers

Tin

Tire pumps

Tissue paper

Toasters

Toilet paper (not considered medicines)

Tongs

Toothbrushes

Toothpicks

Towels

Toys (read: UN punishment of children)

Tractors

Transformers

Trash cans

Tripods

Troughs

Trousers

Trowels

Trucks

Trunks

TV sets

Typewriters

Vacuum cleaners

Valves

Vans

Vaseline

Vases

Venetian blinds

Ventilators

Videotapes

Voltage regulators

Waffle irons

Wagons

Wallets

Wallpaper

Washing machines

Wastepaper baskets

Watches

Water pumps

Wax

Welders

Wheelbarrows

Wheels

Window shades

Wood

Wool

Wrenches

Zoom lenses

 

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Post Script

    The UN Sanctions Committee has not issued any comprehensive list of prohibited products, as such a list would include millions of articles. Instead the Sanctions Committee evaluates applications for exporting goods to Iraq on the base of Security Council Resolutions which allow foodstuffs, medicines and products for essential civilian needs. Anything not deemed 'essential' by the members of the Sanctions Committee is denied to the Iraqi population.

    The Committee has the sole discretion in determining what is essential for every Iraqi. Decisions by the Committee are made behind closed doors. Any one Committee member may veto a permission. Applications for the export of items to Iraq must be made by the potential exporter to the authorities of individual UN member states who then forward the application to the UN Sanctions Committe in New York. The Committee will then assess the qualification of the application, that is whether it is food, medicine or an 'essential civilian need', determine that the Iraqi government has also endorsed the transaction, check prices and delivery conditions, and if everything is OK, forward its approval to the authorities of the country where the application came from. The authorities then inform the applicant. Only then is it possible to ship the items.

    Before being sent, public officials must check that the items concur in quality and quantity to the document approved by the Sanctions Committee. Any discrepancy results in the delaying the shipment. It must be added that the quantity of food and medicines "allowed" to Iraq is not more than about a third of what was imported to Iraq before the onset of the sanctions. In other words, the United Nations expect Iraqis to live with less than half the food and medicine intake they had at the time when Saddam Hussein ruled without UN intervention.     The lawyers of the Security Council members have studied carefully the requirements of international humanitarian law. By designing into the sanctions regime 'humanitarian exceptions' as provided by the 'food-for-oil' deal, the members of the Security Council attempt to preempt charges of causing the death of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis by starvation and health hazards. By providing the very minimum for physical subsistence to the Iraqi population, lives are not anymore expended by the thousands. This is a step forward away from sheer genocide. The Security Council's conception of Iraqis is nevertheless that they are not human beings but a herd of 20 million sheep whose minimal needs are reduced to foodstuffs, medicines and some undefined 'essential civilian needs' to be determined at a closed committee meetings by well-groomed gentlemen in New York.

For more information on Sanctions please see   http://againstbombing.com/#SANCTIONS

See Also How Washington Holds up and Vetoes Iraq Civilian
Reconstruction

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