The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament is today (21 January 2011) greeting Tony Blair's arrival at the Iraq Inquiry with a call for him "to be held to account for his criminal decision to take Britain into an illegal war."
CND is joining the demonstration, jointly organised with Stop the War Coalition, outside the Iraq Inquiry from 8am until 2pm. MPs, celebrities and leading campaigners will join with members of military families who lost relatives in the war to remember the dead and to call for Blair to give a full and honest account of his actions, which led to the deaths of upwards of a million Iraqis and 179 British troops.
Kate Hudson, General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, said "Tony Blair's previous appearance before the Inquiry was clearly inadequate, with subsequent evidence raising questions about his earlier statements. The more evidence we see, the clearer it becomes that Tony Blair took us to war on a lie, causing the deaths of over a million Iraqis as well as 179 British troops. We call on Blair to reveal the truth behind the process which caused the Attorney General to reverse his earlier view that the UN had not authorised military action. He should also take this opportunity to apologise to the British and Iraqi publics alike."
She continued, "Truthful answers from Blair, admitting that he committed Britain to war regardless of the UN process, would make it clear that he was prepared to wage a war of aggression - one of the highest crimes under international law. Blair took the country into an illegal war and should be held to account for his criminal decision."
In 2003 CND worked with leading international law experts and the group Peacerights to submit a report to the International Criminal Court recommending that Blair and other senior ministers responsible should be investigated for war crimes in Iraq.
The Attorney General was also asked to investigate, but rejected the proposal. CND believes the evidence already submitted for the Iraq Inquiry has strengthened the case for such an investigation to proceed and will be considering further legal avenues once the full report is published.