Hi there,

This month Democracy Now! is celebrating 28 years on the air. Since our very first broadcast in 1996, Democracy Now! has been committed to bringing you the stories, voices and perspectives you won't hear anywhere else. In these times of war, climate chaos and elections, our reporting has never been more important. Can you donate $10 to keep us going strong? Today a generous donor will DOUBLE your donation, making it twice as valuable. Democracy Now! doesn't accept advertising income, corporate underwriting or government funding. That means we rely on you to make our work possible—and every dollar counts. Please make your gift now. Thank you so much.
-Amy Goodman

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Donate

Another Top U.N. Official Resigns Protesting the Iraq Sanctions

Listen
Media Options
Listen

Related

    Iraq this week called for compensation for United States and British attacks in December 1998 that it said destroyed sites monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

    Iraq’s U.N. representative Saeed Hasan, addressing a conference reviewing implementation of the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), of which Baghdad is a signatory, also said those countries should be condemned for the attacks.

    The treaty aims at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons but permits the peaceful uses of nuclear energy under Atomic Energy Agency monitoring to ensure there is no diversion for weapons purposes.

    This comes in the wake of the second major resignation at the UN over the US and British led sanctions. On March 31, Hans Von Sponeck, a German national with a more than 30 year career at the UN, resigned his post as the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq in protest of the US and British led sanctions. He was the person in charge of the UN’s Oil for Food Program in Iraq. Von Sponeck’s resignation comes just more than a year after the resignation of Denis Halliday from that same post for the same reasons. Von Sponeck and Halliday both testified at a Congressional hearing on the sanctions yesterday along with former UNSCOM inspector Scott Ritter who has now begun to speak out against the sanctions. Interestingly, Von Sponeck’s resignation has gotten very little attention from the media as has Scott Ritter’s opposition to the sanctions. When Ritter resigned as an UNSCOM inspector, however, it was all over the newspapers.

    Guest:

    • Hans Von Sponeck, recently resigned as the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq.

    Related Story

    StoryFeb 20, 2024“Borders on Pathological”: Trump Must Pay $450 Million for Lying to Lenders in Fraud Case
    The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

    Non-commercial news needs your support

    We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
    Please do your part today.
    Make a donation
    Top