Save Iraq's Educators

23 January 2006

This week, The Brussells Tribunal launched a global petition and call for action to defend Iraq's educators, over 250 of which have been assassinated since 2003 and many thousands more have had to flee the country.

The petition is addressed to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and is part of an action seeking justification for organising a fact-finding mission to Iraq.

Supporters of the action include Noam Chomsky, Harold Pinter, J M Coetzee, Bianca Jagger, Tony Benn and Eduardo Galeano.

Iraq need stability. Education must be allowed to continue if the country has any chance of developing and sustaining itself. Empowering Iraq's educational structure rather than force feeding it western political ideologies will be vital for its survival and growth.

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To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

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The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

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