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Release: Jan. 17, 2002
Photo: Denis Halliday,
former United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Iraq
Former U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator To Speak At The
Halliday, former United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, considers
the implications of international military action in Iraq, U.N. economic sanctions
and the resulting impact on Iraqi citizens during his public address at the
University of Iowa Thursday, Jan. 24. Halliday's talk, "Human Rights, Terrorism,
and U.N. Sanctions Against Iraq" takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Shambaugh Auditorium
in the Main Library.
Halliday, appointed as coordinator by U.N. Secretary
General Kofi Annan, resigned from his post of assistant secretary general
in 1998 after 34 years of service to the U.N. in protest of what has been
described as the unnecessary deaths of thousands of Iraqi children. The vocal
Ireland native spent most of his career with the United Nations in development
and humanitarian assistance-related posts in New York and in Southeast Asia.
"Apparently, a shift has been occurring in U.S. policy
on Iraq," says Yelena Perhunkova, one of the event's organizers. "The current
policy has destroyed society in Iraq and caused the deaths of thousands. Are
we going to end this policy by force, by replacing Saddam Hussein?"
Halliday is available for pre-lecture telephone interviews
and is expected to attend various UI classes during his campus visit. On Wednesday,
Jan. 23, he also is expected to participate in a 30-minute press conference
beginning at 4:30 p.m. and a reception in his honor at the Congregational
United Church of Christ, 30 N. Clinton Street, Iowa City. The reception is
co-sponsored by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and the Iowa Division
of United Nations Association.
The UI speaking event has been organized by Iowans
for Peace with Iraq, a local group of UI students and community members who
have received support for this program from the UI Student Government, International
Programs, Center for Human Rights, the First Mennonite Church, and various
other UI departments and community organizations.
For more information and to read Halliday's biography,
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org