The Right to Heal
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We are demanding:
2) that the US government provide care for its troops and veterans through full benefits and physical and mental health care for returning service members, many of whom were forced to serve in multiple tours of duty; improved services and access to justice for survivors of military sexual assault, enforceable protections against retaliation for seeking health care; and enforceable protection from chain of command interference in medical and mental health care plans.
We need your help:
1) We are asking individuals and organizations to sign on to a letter to the IACHR to demonstrate support for our IACHR hearing request. View the letter below.
- If you are representing an organization that will sign on to the letter to the IACHR, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you are an individual that would like to sign on, click here.
- For translations of the sign-on letter in Arabic and Spanish, click here.
Thank you for supporting the Right to Heal!
Emilio Álvarez Icaza
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
1889 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
Re: Letter in Support of Thematic Hearing on Human Rights Impacts of the US-led Decade of War
Dear Secretary Álvarez Icaza:
In addition to the killings and casualties, and evidence of war crimes which have in many cases have gone unaddressed, these wars have had a lasting impact on the health of communities in Iraq and Afghanistan and on US service members.
- The US military’s use of certain munitions and burn pits has an apparent link to increasing rates of cancer, birth defects and other health issues in communities in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as among active duty US military personnel and returning veterans. For example, Haweeja, Iraq has seen a sharp rise in serious birth defects after a US base was installed and began testing munitions;
- Failure to treat the physical and mental injuries suffered by service members has affected the service members themselves, their communities at home and, when redeployed, communities in the theaters of war;
- Gender-based and sexual violence, as a weapon and by-product of war has had a deeply traumatic and wide-reaching impact on women and men in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as those in the military who have experienced military sexual trauma (MST).
We therefore write to express our support of the request for a thematic hearing submitted to this Commission on March 19, 2013 by Iraq Veterans Against the War, the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq and the Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in Iraq, represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights.