Iraq: The Electoral Program of People’s Unity List

January 9th, 2005 - by admin

Ittihad Al-Shaab – 2005-01-09 23:17:28

(January 5, 2005) — People’s Unity (Ittihad Al-Shaab) List is a coalition electoral list that includes 275 Iraqi Communists, democrats and independent patriotic and social figures, with 91 women candidates, covering all Iraq’s provinces. The candidates represent the full social, ethnic and religious spectrum of Iraqi society.

The participants struggle to achieve a host of objectives, including:

• Establishing a federal democratic regime that guarantees rights for all Iraqis, ensures a life free of violence and terror, and enables them to end the occupation, achieve full independence, and rebuild the homeland on the basis of cooperation, democracy and social justice.

• Ensuring that Iraqis enjoy all political freedoms and civil rights, and developing the spirit of Iraqi citizenship, instead of using sectarian and nationalist criteria as a basis for sharing political power.

• Striving to regain full national sovereignty over all the country’s powers and national resources.

• To speed up the provision of security and stability which are essential for a speedy restoration of public services.

• Defending without fail the interests of working people and down-trodden strata, and combating relentlessly the administrative corruption and bribery.

• Rebuilding state institutions on the basis of citizenship, efficiency and integrity, especially the police, army and national defence forces, and ensuring that they are not infiltrated by the hostile forces.

• Respect for human rights, and dealing firmly with those who violate them.

• Ensuring the rights of nationalities, through federalism for Iraqi Kurdistan, and securing cultural and administrative rights for the Turcomans, Chaldo-Assyrians, Menda’is, Yezidis, and others.

• Respect for Islam and other religions, and ensuring the right of believers to exercise their religious codes and ceremonies.

• Defending relentlessly the rights of women and their equality with men, and ensuring the rights of motherhood and children.

• Taking measures to ensure that those who had been expelled from work for political reasons return to their jobs, and guaranteeing their full rights.

• Compensation for the families of martyrs and the “disappeared”, and the victims of Anfal campaign of genocide, the Halabja massacre, the mass graves and the suppression of the popular uprising in March 1991, as well as Faili Kurds youth and other fighters against dictatorship.

• Combating unemployment, improving people’s standard of living, and preserving the purchasing power of their incomes.

• Maintaining the food ration system and improving the quality of ration contents.

• Tackling the injustice suffered by pensioners, and increasing their pay so as to ensure dignified life and secure old age.

• Ensuring the rights of workers to earn fair wages, and the rights stipulated by the Labour Law.

• Establishing a full social security system, and ensuring free health service.

• Offering all necessary help for the disabled, and compensating them for the harm they have suffered.

• Rebuilding the state sector (as the main sector) on the basis of efficiency and profitability.

• Allowing other sectors (private/mixed/co- operative) to develop and integrating the four sectors.

• Striving to abolish all Iraq’s debts and compensation payments resulting from Saddam’s wars.

• Promoting democratic and progressive culture in society through activating the role of intellectuals and providing them with the required support.

• Complete reform of the educational system, to satisfy the requirements of a democratic Iraq in this century.

• Combating illiteracy and ensuring free education.