A letter from the President of the United States of America to the Dominican Sisters Conference, in response to their letter on behalf of the suffering people of Iraq, stating:
Thank you for writing. America’s dedication to universal human rights does not stop at our borders. In too many places, people are still persecuted for their beliefs, imprisoned for their ideals, and punished for their convictions. As a Nation committed to upholding freedom and equality for all, we insist on respecting the value and dignity of every person—no matter where they live, what they believe, or who they are.
Letter to the President on behalf of the people of Iraq – May 16, 2016
A letter to the President of the United States of America from the Dominican Sisters Conference on behalf of the suffering people of Iraq, asking:
that the United States take more rigorous steps to stop the carnage which has been visited upon these helpless people as a consequence of our misguided foreign policy. We would suggest the following:
- a more proactive stance regarding illicit arms trade;
- an investment in the future of Iraq by bolstering much-needed infrastructure;
- a firm commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals/Agenda 2030, by a commitment to follow through on pledges of Official Development Assistance which would help to deal with some of the root causes of the present state of affairs, namely, poverty, hunger, violence against women, lack of education and employment opportunities.