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After a decade of war, Iraqis and U.S. military veterans are coming together to launch the Right to Heal Initiative in order to raise awareness about how the invasion and occupation have affected the lives and health of war-impacted communities and to demand U.S. government action. On March 19, 2013, on the ten year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, CCR stood side by side Iraq Veterans against the War (IVAW), the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), and the Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in Iraq and allies at a press conference in front of the White House, where we read testimonies from veterans and Iraqis. Also on March 19, CCR filed a request for a thematic hearing with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) where we are seeking an opportunity to present evidence and testimony in fall 2013. Please support our efforts by taking the actions below.
Please support the Right to Heal Initiative through these actions:
1) Sign a letter in support of our request for a thematic hearing with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
2) Submit a photo of yourself holding a sign explaining in a few sentences why you support the Right to Heal for war-impacted communities along with the hashtag #righttoheal by emailing the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. For a full list of demands see our request for a thematic hearing to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on www.righttoheal.org
3) In addition to calling on the U.S. government to provide reparations in the form of environmental remediation, and scientific research of and health clinics for towns and cities experiencing skyrocketing rates of cancer and birth defects since the invasion, you can also provide “People’s Reparations,” which will go directly to buying what our partner organization OWFI’s clinic in Haweeja needs most, such as medicine, wheelchairs and physical therapy equipment.
4) Use the hashtag #RighttoHeal on twitter to raise awareness about the project.
Thank you for standing with CCR and our partners in demanding the Right to Heal.