The General Assembly of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, at its 17th Congress in Hanoi, Vietnam, noting that:
1. The former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, formally announced that the occupation of Iraq was not authorised by the U.N. and was unlawful;
2. The Geneva and Vienna Conventions prohibit occupying forces from changing the laws or judiciary of occupied territories, their economy, educational or social structure;
3. The U.S.A. has violated each and every one of these obligations. Inter alia it imposed on Iraq an explicitly sectarian constitution by providing that power and economy be distributed on sectarian and ethnic grounds;
4. The concerted and vicious dismantling of the state and all of its infrastructure has resulted in more than one million Iraqis being killed and more than six million refugees within and outside Iraq;
5. The U.S.A. installed a puppet regime in Iraq to sign the “Foreign Forces Agreement” to justify keeping its forces in Iraq. That puppet regime has no legal capacity to sign such agreement under domestic legislation and it contravenes the Vienna Convention on International Treaties.
6. Continuing civil strife, war and the spread of terrorism are caused by and result directly from the continued unlawful U.S. occupation of Iraq.
Now therefore, the General Assembly of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, at its 17th Congress in Hanoi, Vietnam:
Calls for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all foreign forces from Iraq as this is the only way for Iraq and its people to recover from the shock and awe with which the U.S.A. and its allies have traumatised and continue to oppress Iraq.
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