A conference recently took place in Madrid which focused on the 190 murdered
academics and 224 murdered health officials in Iraq since the occupation. CEOSI
(Statewide Campaign to End the Occupation and Restore the Sovereignty of Iraq)
hosted the conference. CEOSI was supported
by the respected BRussels Tribunal.
Both of these organizations have taken an interest in collating information
concerning the criminal assassination of highly esteemed intellectuals in Iraq.
A petition, URGENT APPEAL TO SAVE IRAQ'S ACADEMICS can be found at http://www.brusselstribunal.org.
The final resolution of the Madrid conference may also be found here, along
with a wealth of information which world leaders and Mainstream Media ignore
– to the detriment of “democracy and freedom.”
Dr. Ismail Jalili, who is on the advisory
committee of the BRussels Tribunal, gave a detailed presentation about the assassinations
(see below) at the Madrid conference.
Dr. Ismail Jalili is an Iraqi living and working in England. “I was a
student in medical school in Baghdad. I was also the editor of a medical school
journal. The security forces arrested me in 1969 and took me to Qasr el-Nihaya
(Palace of Termination) because I was a political activist. I suffered political
detention for a few months. I was tortured. After I was released, I decided
to leave for Cairo. If I had stayed, I would have had to co-operate at the expense
of my integrity, and be subjected to ongoing arrests. This was before I graduated,
so I had to lose a year in the process of moving medical schools. In Cairo,
I completed my studies and graduated in 1971. After graduation, I came directly
to the UK to do post graduate studies. I started training in surgery. However,
because there was a shortage of ophthalmologists in Iraq (there was only one),
I decided to study and train in this field in the United Kingdom. I married;
we have two sons.
I have friends and relatives who have been suffering for a very long time -
first with the sanctions, and now with the lack of security following the invasion
in Iraq. I feel helpless.”
However, Dr. Jalili does not respond in a ‘helpless’ manner. I
have rarely met such an active and involved person. In spite of his recent operation,
he has a large workload. “I work in several fields,” he said. As
well as his involvement with the BRussels Tribunal, his kudos include:
1. Past President of the Iraqi Medical Association in the
2. Member of the Executive Council of the British Arab Medical
Association, Founding member and Past President.
3. Chairman of the National Association of British Arabs
4. Chairman of the Stamford Liberal Democrats and Vice Chair
of the Grantham & Stamford Constituency Party
Dr. Jalili is currently focusing his efforts on the plight of Iraqi doctors
and academics and the deteriorating human rights situation in Iraq.
I asked him why he chose this focus. “It is an obligation and a commitment.
I am most interested in the human rights issues of Iraq, and focusing on the
academic and medical assassinations, threats to life and the pressure on them
to leave Iraq. There are so many challenges – Iraq, Palestine, the rest
of the diaspora. We have an obligation to lead the way.”
The Jalili Report on the Assassination
Plight of Iraqi Academics
Presentation by Dr Ismail Jalili
FRCS, DO, FRCOphth
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, UK
Presented at the Madrid International Conference on the Assassinations
of Iraqi Academics, 23-24 April 2006
Updated 1 May 2006
Assassinated Iraqi Academics and Doctors
Sources of Data
Association of University Lecturers in Iraq email@example.com
BRussells Tribunal Lists (www.BrussellsTribunal.org)
The Spanish List as provided by Madrid Campaign
Personal communications with Iraqi academics
Almosul Website (http://www.almosul.org)
NABA Website (The Iraqi Human Rights Monitor) http://www.naba.org.uk/
Murdered Iraqi Academics and Doctors by Specialty
Assassinated Medical Professionals in Iraq
Deputy Iraqi Health Minister’s Statement (Feb 2006) - Since April 2003:
Over 1000 doctors have fled Iraq
Over 220 doctors have been killed in Iraq
Distribution of Assassinations
Other Non-Fatal Incidents
Many assassination attempts resulted in the death of other family members and
escorts which have not been included or referred to in this study.
Multiple assassination attempts are ongoing.
Repeated threats to life are made to force people to leave Iraq.
Considerable numbers of threats to life go unreported.
In the last week of April 2006, a mass campaign was reported in Mosul of threats
to doctors calling on them to leave Iraq.
Temporal Trends in Assassinations
Plight of Iraqi Academics
A new phenomena in Iraq,
Never existed prior to April 2003.
The pattern indicates a sinister campaign and motives.
Similar pattern to El-Salvador see: Death-squad style massacres for Iraq,
Option" Becomes Reality - Mike Fuller.
The assassinations, kidnaps and threats to life forcing academics and doctors
to leave Iraq do not follow any religious or sectarian pattern.
The only dominant pattern is that the absolute majority of victims are ethnically
Madrid International Seminar on the Assassinations of Iraqi Academics
Final Statement on: http://www.brusselstribunal.org/SeminarMadrid.htm#resolution
This presentation can be downloaded
as a PDF file.
The url for Iraq: The Assassination of Academics; The Jalili Report is: http://indexresearch.blogspot.com/2006/05/iraq-assassination-of-academics-jalili.html
Sarah Meyer is a researcher living in Sussex, UK
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