On The current situation in the city of
Presented to the 61st
session of the United Nations Commission on Human
Rights For the period of 1ST January to 25th
Center of Human Rights and Democracy - BRussells
- - The city of Fallujah was subjected to a
genocide war by the American forces. The military
machinery destroyed almost 70 per cent of the city, from
civilian houses to medical center and general services
facilities especially water, electricity. This war
resulted in killing thousands of innocent civilians and
sending almost a half million refugee.
It is well known that the
American forces and their puppet government prevented any
medical or humanitarian relief agency to enter the city
throughout its siege to the city.
Since the beginning of this year, the citizens are
increasingly returning to the city, driven by the very
bad living conditions in the places where they took
refuge and the will to try the reconstruction of their
houses and shops. Except for the few who found their
houses still standing, the majority lived on the ruins
whether by using tents or other means. In this bad living
condition, the American occupation forces continue to
commit grave violations to the basics principles of human
rights and international law.
In order to give the international community a clear
image of what is happening, we present this short report:
1 - Following the two reports that our center issued in
mid January 2005 and the other facts that came to the
knowledge of the UN, the human rights office of UNAMI and
the Iraq office of WHO have in two occasion-
officially requested to enter the city of Fallujah in
order to examine the situation there but the American
occupation authority did not respond to these requests
until now on the pretext of the dangerous security
situation. Here we must ask, if the security situation is
still dangerous, then how are families and children
allowed to return to the city? Are the lives of the UN
officials more precious than those of the Fallujah
citizens? Or is it that there are crimes that the
international bodies are not allowed to examine.
2 - The citizens of Fallujah are suffering of many sorts
of humiliations when entering or leaving the city. In
their daily life, they go through many sorts of
harassments and threats by the American occupation forces
which consider them as terrorists simply because they
refuse the occupation. Not to mention the continuous
random killing in all part of the city that does not
exclude children or elder people, men or women. In a
dangerous step of racism and freedoms limiting, the
American occupation authority issued special ID cards for
the citizens of Fallujah, preventing visitors from other
cities to enter it. This step isolates the city Fallujah
from its surroundings and the rest of the country and so
turning it into a huge prison.
3 - Until the issuing of this report the effort to find
the corpses of the victims of November 2004 comprehensive
attack on the city still going on. The specialized burier
teams have found about 700 corpses and we definitely
think that the number of martyrs is greater than that.
The American occupation forces itself announced that they
have killed about 1300 individuals but no one knows where
those bodies were buried. This assures that there are
mass graves in the city, the American continual refusing
to allow the UN representatives to enter the city,
confirm this assessment. Furthermore, the medical
authorities and the citizens could not find the burial
ground of 450 bodies of the citizens of Fallujah that the
American occupation forces have photographed and buried
in a place that is still unknown.
4 - There are hundreds of missing personnel from
Fallujah, but afraid of arrest and intimidation by the
American forces, the families still hesitate to register
the names of their missing with the official committee
for registering the missing. That is why the registered
number is less than the actual one.
5- The detainees from the Fallujah citizens are suffering
of inhuman and bad treatment in both Abu Graib and Basra
prisons. There is no reason behind keeping those
detainees in the prisons. Unfortunately, there is no
legal or official Iraqi authority that handles the issue
of those detainees, it left to two mosque in the city.
6- As a measure of collective punishment, the American
occupation forces and the National guards continue to use
some schools inside the city as compounds, depriving
students from pursuing their education without offering
7 - There are deliberate delay by the interim government
and the American occupation authority in reconstructing
the city of Fallujah even in restoring the basic
services. What are being announced about the
reconstruction are mere lies uncovered by the fact that
the people who are working in Fallujah are only those
governmental employees in the city, indeed their number
does not match the size of destruction that the city
suffered. The American themselves admitted that more than
90000 houses have been demolished. We wonder about the
difference between the destruction that Fallujah has
suffered and the destruction of the areas which
devastated by Tsunami. Both are devastated areas but the
difference is that Fallujah is not announced officially
as a devastated place in order to cover the crimes
perpetrated on its soil.
7 - Despite that there is an Iraqi official committee for
reconstruction, the occupation forces give out contracts
without knowledge or coordination with that committee.
For example one contract to build a school cost One
million US dollar for each school, while the official
committee estimates the cost between 200 000 and 300 000
US dollars. No local or official committee is supervising
these money transactions.
8 It was not allowed until now for any body to
examine the environmental pollution that affected
Fallujah due to the usage of prohibited and dangerous
weapons, except for analyzing the recently established
processed water. Some cases are appearing now of feats
deformation for some of the newborns that is taking place
in the city. As an example the case of the child Mina
Jabbar Mahmood Aljumaili that was recently born and is 3
months now in addition to another child in the same
neighborhood that was born in a short period after in
9 - The civilians who stayed in the city during the
American offensive have gone through numerous tragic
stories and inhuman treatment by the occupation forces
and the Iraq so-called National Guards. The deliberate
killing of the civilians was the daily practice of the
American forces. Many children had to watch their parents
being shot to death in front of them, or men who had to
watch their children and their wives being killed. Almost
every family who stayed in Fallujah has to bury a victim
in their garden. As example, Hamid Abdulrazzak Sultan, a
citizen from Fallujah, witnessed the killing of his
pregnant wife along with his 4 sons during an American
attack on 9 Nov 2004. Four members of Fawzi Hussein
Salman al-Aisawi family where deliberately killed in
their house by the American forces in front of their
daughter on the morning of 9 November 2005.
10 Until now, the citizens and the sick people are
not allowed to cross the bridge which connects the city
to the main hospital a matter that causes a great
suffering. The city has no mean of communication to be
used to report the urgent health cases during the curfew
hours which force the sick to stay at home until dawn to
be able to go to hospital. Many cases happened of
appendicitis, labour, death due to clots which need
immediate health care. Not to mention to war phobia in
thousands of women and children which warns of a
permanent psychological disaster that will be difficult
to cure since it is becoming a chronic case.
11 - Not allowing issuing death certificates that explain
the real causes of death and their numbers that occur due
the crimes of the occupation forces because there are no
clear instructions until now. The crime of bombing cities
with so much brutality and destruction is the biggest
evidence of disrespect for the lives of the unarmed
civilians that were in the first year of occupation more
that 100 000 citizens.
12- The puppet government is deliberately ignoring the
crimes and the grave violation of the human rights
happening every day in Iraq by the American forces and
continued to talk about an old allegation of violations
that allegedly happened years ago. These allegations were
tackled by the commission in details, whether by reports
of special rapporteur or by the several decisions it had
adopted and accordingly some measures which were
implemented aggressively against Iraq in unprecedented
What more tragedies that international bodies are waiting
for in order to raise their voices demanding to stop the
massacres and mass killings of the civilians. Is what
happened to Fallujah and its citizens is just an accident
while the entire world is on alert if a western citizen
is killed in Iraq forgetting that all that is because of
the hated occupation.
We call upon all countries and organizations both
governmental and non governmental which taking part in
the meetings of the 61st session of the UN Human Rights
Commission to raise their voices and denounce those
violations and exercise pressures to dispatch an
investigation team to visit the city of Fallujah to
examine the facts and the tragic situation that its
citizens are going through. We demand the commission to
nominate a special rapporteur to the human rights
situation in Iraq during the occupation. We hope that
this report will be distributed as among the documents of
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All is quiet in Falluja, or at least that is how it
seems, given that the mainstream media has largely
forgotten about the Iraqi city. But independent
journalists are risking life and limb to bring out a very
The picture they are painting is of US
soldiers killing whole families, including children,
attacks on hospitals and doctors, the use of napalm-like
weapons and sections of the city destroyed.
One of the few reporters who has
reached Falluja is American Dahr Jamail of the Inter
Press Service. He interviewed a doctor who had filmed the
testimony of a 16-year-old girl.
"She stayed for three days with
the bodies of her family who were killed in their home.
When the soldiers entered she was in her home with her
father, mother, 12 year-old brother and two sisters.
She watched the soldiers enter and
shoot her mother and father directly, without saying
anything. They beat her two sisters, then shot them in
the head. After this her brother was enraged and ran at
the soldiers while shouting at them, so they shot him
dead," Jamail relates.
Another report comes from an aid convoy
headed up by Dr Salem Ismael. He was in Falluja last
month. As well as delivering aid he photographed the
dead, including children, and interviewed remaining
Again his story does not tally with the
indifference shown by the main media networks.
accounts I heard ... will live with me forever.
You may think you know what happened in Falluja,
but the truth is worse than you could possibly
aid convoy leader
"The accounts I heard ... will
live with me forever. You may think you know what
happened in Falluja, but the truth is worse than you
could possibly have imagined," he says.
He relates the story of Hudda
Fawzi Salam Issawi from the Julan district of
Falluja: "Five of us, including a 55-year-old
neighbour, were trapped together in our house in Falluja
when the siege began. On 9 November American marines came
to our house.
'My father and the neighbour went to
the door to meet them. We were not fighters. We thought
we had nothing to fear. I ran into the kitchen to put on
my veil, since men were going to enter our house and it
would be wrong for them to see me with my hair uncovered.
"This saved my life. As my father
and neighbour approached the door, the Americans opened
fire on them. They died instantly.
"Me and my 13-year-old brother hid
in the kitchen behind the fridge. The soldiers came into
the house and caught my older sister. They beat her. Then
they shot her. But they did not see me. Soon they left,
but not before they had destroyed our furniture and
stolen the money from my father's pocket."
Journalist and writer Naomi Klein has
also come under attack for insisting that US forces are
eliminating those who dare to count casualties.
No less than the US ambassador to the
UK David Johnson wrote a letter to British newspaper The
Guardian that published Klein's work, demanding evidence,
which she then provided.
The first piece of evidence Klein sent
to Johnson was that the hospital in Falluja was raided to
stop any reporting of casualties, a tactic that was later
repeated in Mosul.
"The first major operation by US
marines and Iraqi soldiers was to storm Falluja general
hospital, arresting doctors and placing the facility
under military control.
US troops have reportedly
"The New York Times reported that
'the hospital was selected as an early target because the
American military believed that it was the source of
rumours about heavy casualties', noting that 'this time
around, the American military intends to fight its own
information war, countering or squelching what has been
one of the insurgents' most potent weapons'.
The Los Angeles Times quoted a doctor
as saying that the soldiers 'stole the mobile phones' at
the hospital - preventing doctors from communicating with
the outside world."
As Dahr Jamail reports from his online diary "doctors
are now technically forbidden to talk to the media or
allow them to take photos in Iraqi hospitals unless
granted permission from the Ministry of Health and its
Allied to this are various reports of
the US using napalm and napalm-like weaponry in
Jamail recounts: "Last
November, another Falluja refugee from the Julan area,
Abu Sabah, told me: 'They (US military) used these
weird bombs that put up smoke like a mushroom cloud. Then
small pieces fall from the air with long tails of smoke
"He explained that pieces of these
bombs exploded into large fires that burned peoples' skin
even when water was dumped on their bodies, which is the
effect of phosphorous weapons, as well as napalm."
The reports of the use of napalm in
civilian areas are widespread, as are many other
The attacks on the hospitals and
medical facilities in Falluja are also in direct
contravention of the Geneva Conventions.
But as Richard Perle, a senior adviser
to US President George Bush said at the start of the Iraq
war: "The greatest triumph of the Iraq war is
the destruction of the evil of international law."