The Iraq Sanctions and the Case of Dr. Rafil Dhafir:
Criminalizing Compassion in the “War on Terror”

WHERE: Syracuse University Maxwell School, Maxwell Auditorium

Denis J. Halliday, former UN Assistant Secretary-General, Head of the UN Humanitarian Program in Iraq 1997-98, and member of the Dr. Dhafir Support Committee Advisory Board, will speak about the effects of the U.S. and U.K. sponsored UN sanctions on the Iraq. He resigned after 34 years with the UN because the policy of sanctions against Iraq undermined not only the UN’s own charter, but the Declaration of Human Rights and the Geneva Convention as well. He said:

“We are in the process of destroying an entire society. It is as simple and terrifying as that. It is illegal and immoral.”

Speaking with Denis Halliday:

Joel Cohen, one of Dr. Dhafir’s defense lawyers at trial, who will speak about government strategy in the prosecution of Dr. Dhafir’s case and

Magda Bayoumi, a community activist will speak as a member of the local Muslim community. She was among the 150 Muslim families interrogated on the day of Dr. Dhafir’s arrest because they had donated to the charity he founded, Help the Needy (HTN).

Despite being convicted of only International Economic Emergency Powers Act, IEEPA, (sanctions) violation and white-collar crime, he is now serving 22 years in Federal prison in Terre Haute IN for a crime he was never charged with in a court of law–money laundering to help terrorist organizations.

Go to: Summary of the Case

Go to: A Background Article that sets the case in the wider context of civil liberties and what is happening to other associates of Muslim charities.

An article about: the secret new prison unit Dr. Dhafir and other Muslims are being held in.

Sponsored by:
The Dr. Dhafir Support Committee
The Syracuse Peace Council
The Fellowship of Reconciliation
And the Middle Eastern Studies Program at Syracuse University

Free and open to the public.

How to get to Syracuse University map

Go to: Campus Map The Maxwell School is north of the Carrier Dome and Maxwell Auditorium is straight ahead after you enter the main entrance to Maxwell Hall.
Main entrance photograph here.

Contact: Bob Elmendorf: