Letter to Mr Blair exhorting him to help improve access to healthcare for Iraqis
To: The Rt. Hon. Tony Blair MP
10 Downing Street

Dear Prime Minister,

We write this as the body of Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, is being laid to rest in Geneva. We are under few illusions about of the enormous difficulties confronting the United Nations, humanitarian organisations, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the occupying forces currently in Iraq.

As you will know, the people of Iraq have long been denied the full enjoyment of their right to health for a variety of reasons, very few of which are of their own making. PHR-UK is concerned that you should use what influence you can to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to improve the realisation of the right to health in Iraq. The delivery and security of medical supplies, potable water and appropriate food are paramount. Such a measure would be fully consistent with the United Kingdom's obligations under Article 12 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, as outlined in paragraphs 38 to 40 of General Comment 14, adopted by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on May 11, 2000.

At this very difficult time, we urge you to do all that you can to facilitate the right to health of the long-suffering people of Iraq, and would welcome any thoughts you might have on this.

Yours sincerely

Dr Peter Hall


Chair, PHR-UK


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