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Major Delegation to challenge U.S./UN Sanctions Against Iraq

For Immediate Release	         
Attention Assignment Editor
Press Contact: Malcolm  Cannon

April 14, 1998

Ramsey Clark & Bishop Thomas Gumbleton to Lead the Largest U.S.
Delegation to Travel to Iraq with Medical Aid

A large delegation of religious leaders, medical professionals and
anti-war activists will travel to Iraq from May 6 through May 13, 1998
to bring in badly needed medical supplies. Ramsey Clark, former U.S.
Attorney General, will head the Iraq Sanctions Challenge Delegation as
it travels to Iraq. 

Others on the delegation include, Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of Detroit,
Rev. Lucius Walker of Pastors for Peace, Christoph  Arnold (author and
Elder of the Bruderhof Community), Sara Flounders, Gloria La Riva and
Brian Becker of the International Action Center, Clayton Remy of
Fellowship of Reconciliation, Kathy Kelly of Voices in the Wilderness,
Kadouri Al Kaysi of the Committee in Support of the Iraqi People,
Rania Masri of Iraq Action Coalition,  Sonya Ostrom of Metro NY Peace
Action, Attorney Michael Tarif Warren, Dr. Barbara Nimri Aziz
(Anthropologist), and Manzoor Ghori of the American Muslims for Global
Peace and Justice. PJ Park, a 17 year high school student who attends Sidwell 
Friends school, is among those going from the DC area.

"The U.S./UN sanctions against Iraq have killed over 1.5 million
people since their imposition," said Ramsey Clark. "It's the clearest
form of genocide and it's the U.S. government who insists upon the
sanctions. It is incumbent upon us to challenge the sanctions and to
bring medicine to the people of Iraq. They deserve this and so much
more. The only way to stop the human tragedy is to completely lift the
sanctions."

"This delegation represents the hundreds of thousands of people from
across the country who oppose these devastating sanctions," said Sara
Flounders of the International Action Center. "We will bring back
first-hand information about the effects of the sanctions. This
awareness will help build a massive, concerted effort to end the
sanctions."

More details about the sanctions and the Iraq Sanctions Challenge are
available on the web site: http://www.iacenter.org/irachallenge  

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