Contaminated Blood: Letter to Scotsman regarding Lord Owen’s support to Lord Morris and alleged blocking of campaigners’ evidence by Michael Connarty

Michael Connarty former Chair of the APPG Haemophilia (2001 to 2010) and Labour MP for Linlithgo and East Falkirk allegedly ignored key evidence from haemophilia campaigners on Contaminated Blood 2002/3. Many victims have since died without justice.

Open letter sent to Shan Ross, Scotsman

Dear Shan, (Please forward to your Editor)

 

I am writing to you further to our telephone conversation today regarding the following article.

 

“Lord Owen accused of broken promises over evidence relating to infected blood imports” (February 23rd 2019)

Read more at: https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/lord-owen-accused-of-broken-promises-over-evidence-relating-to-infected-blood-imports-1-4878209

 

You said that you wished to “draw a line under this article” however my campaign colleague Colette Wintle and I want to put our serious concerns in writing as the article does not reflect the considerable effort Lord David Owen has gone to over decades to share evidence and his personal documents on Contaminated Blood with Lord Alf Morris of Manchester and ourselves DESPITE numerous attempts to close him down often at a political level, trashing his documents under a non -existent 10 year rule as highlighted in a parliamentary question and answer and refusal of the Parliamentary Ombudsperson to investigate his complaints of serious “maladministration”.

 

We have known both Lord Owen and the late Lord Morris for many years and watched them work closely together. I am fortunate to have retrieved copies of some of the destroyed Lord Owen papers during my own research and subsequent dissertation awarded the Michael Young Prize 2009.

 

Please note the following

 

1) Lord Owen has spoken out and indeed acted to improve blood safety from the 1970s onwards as highlighted in Hansard, letters and personal papers and has the support of many haemophilia contaminated blood campaigners.

 

2) Back in 2001 Lord Owen played a key part in speaking out to journalist Louella Houldcroft of the Newcastle Journal contributing to the multi awarded “Bad Blood campaign which she ran jointly with my late husband and I under the name Haemophilia Action UK (previously Haemophilia North). This sparked interest again and helped kick start a revived campaign many press had earlier stated was a “dead issue”. See following articles we initiated where Lord Owen spoke out, some are more detailed in hardcopy.

 

“Owen’s outrage at failure over blood” (Newcastle Journal, August 2nd 2001, Hardcopy Archived)

 

This was followed up by an article we helped organize a day later which was featured in the Guardian and elsewhere.

 

“Haemophiliacs infections due to ‘broken promises’” (Guardian, August 3rd 2001)

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2001/aug/03/health.healthandwellbeing

 

“Owen claims infection of haemophiliacs unnecessary” (RTE August 3rd 2001)

 

https://www.rte.ie/news/2001/0803/17534-lindsay/

 

“Owen demands inquiry into infected blood scandal” (August 19th 2002)

 

“I have no wish to go to court, but I have no doubt whatsoever that if someone starts to take serious legal action, the government hasn’t got a leg to stand on.” Lord Owen, August 19th 2002

 

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2002/aug/19/NHS.medicineandhealth

 

HIV blood disaster papers ‘were pulped’ (July 12th 2007, time of Archer Inquiry)

 

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1557187/HIV-blood-disaster-papers-were-pulped.html

 

Just a few of many articles with Lord Owen which we have archived digital and hardcopy.

 

 

3) Colette and I worked with both Lord Owen and Lord Morris at the time of the Archer Inquiry and Lord Morris had nothing but praise for Lord Owen whom he respected greatly. Owen also had mutual respect for Lord Morris which has continued beyond Alf’s death in 2012 and indeed Lord Owen delivered the keynote address at an event launching the Alf Morris Fund for Independent Living.

 

“It’s often said that you can’t do anything in politics but Alf demonstrated that an individual MP’s commitment to a cause could create major change in public life.”

 The Rt Hon The Lord Owen CH

 

https://www.dlf.org.uk/node/706

 

4) Lord Morris would ring myself and Colette prior to debates in the Lords and not only did Lord Owen share his documents with Lord Morris which Alf confirmed to us at the time but Alf often received them a second time from myself. Both participated along with Colette and I (as key witnesses) at the Archer Inquiry.

5) Lord Owen took part in numerous TV and radio interviews and documentaries that we helped initiate such as the awarded Meridian Blood Brothers documentary and BBC Newsnight April 2007 nominated for RTS award.

6) Many years later in 2016 Lord Owen spoke out again, reiterating what he had said many times before to us in an event organized by new campaigner Jason Evans

 

Michael Connarty

 

Colette and I have been trawling through old documents and letters from 2002/2003 and we remember Michael Connarty well and we allege he did a very good job of blocking campaigners who tried to show him key evidence when he was Chair of the APPG for Haemophilia and ignoring this has tragically delayed justice to Contaminated Blood victims for years. Letters to Michael Connarty and MPs and Connarty’s replies when put together with other evidence including the lies spread by the Blairite government on the Eire settlement and what was happening behind the scenes to block haemophiliacs getting to court and how many in key positions ensured the damning evidence that we held on US prison blood was not going to be addressed and you can understand why Connarty and others are now looking for scapegoats! This evidence will be presented to the Infected Blood Inquiry.

 

Colette and I both feel that Michael Connarty should be investigated by the Infected Blood Inquiry particularly during his time as Chair of the APPG Haemophilia along with the Haemophilia Society and made to address why long standing campaigners were both excluded from key meetings (as we still are today) and their crucial evidence regarding the use of US prison blood and other issues ignored.

 

Your sincerely

 

Carol Grayson and Colette Wintle (Contaminated Blood, Haemophilia Campaigners)

 

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a former Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development (Distinction). Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

 

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Remarks by spokesman of Islamic Emirate regarding next phase of negotiations

Post via Islamic Emirate Afghanistan February 13th 2019

As the negotiations process continues to take place between the Islamic Emirate and United States and meetings have already been held in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, the next round will resume on the 25th of February 2019 in the Qatari capital of Doha as per agreement reached during the previous meeting.

Similarly, by the formal invitation of the government of Pakistan another meeting is scheduled to take place between the negotiation teams of Islamic Emirate and United States on 18th of February 2019 in Islamabad where the negotiation team of Islamic Emirate will also meet with the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to hold comprehensive discussions about Pak-Afghan relations and issues pertaining to Afghan refugees and Afghan businessmen.

Spokesman of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

Zabihullah Mujahid

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a former Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development (Distinction). Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

 

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Statement of Islamic Emirate regarding appointment of negotiations team

Post via Islamic Emirate Afghanistan February 12th 2019

In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful

Negotiations are continuing with the United States and have so far been conducted successfully by the appointed officials; however due to the sensitivity of the issue and in accordance with the guidance by the esteemed Amir ul Mumineen Sheikh Hibatullah Akhundazada, the following negotiations team has been appointed and tasked to work by the Deputy of Political Affairs of Islamic Emirate, the respected Mullah Baradar Akhund:

1 – Respected Sher Muhammad Abbas Stanekzai as team leader.

2 – Respected Zia-ul-Rahman Madani as team member.

3 – Respected Mawlawi Abdul Salam Hanafi as team member.

4 – Respected Sheikh Shahabuddin Delawar as team member.

5 – Respected Mullah Abdul Latif Mansur as team member.

6 – Respected Mullah Abdul Manan Omari as team member.

7 – Respected Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqqi as team member.

8 – Respected Mullah Muhammad Fazal Mazlum as team member.

9 – Respected Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa as team member.

10 – Respected Mawlawi Mattiul Haq as team member.

11 – Respected Mullah Muhammad Anas Haqqani as team member.

12 – Respected Mullah Noorullah Noori as team member.

13 – Respected Mawlawi Muhammad Nabi Omari as team member.

14 – Respected Mullah Abdulhaq Waseeq as team member.

The stated team will continue the ongoing negotiations process with the United States and will forge ahead with issues within their given capacity.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a former Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development (Distinction). Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

 

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Afghanistan: War Crimes of the Foreign Invaders and their internal Mercenaries (January 2019)

Post via Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan February 11th 2019

On Wednesday 2nd January, two innocent civilians were ruthlessly martyred in the indiscriminate drone strike of the savage foreign invaders in ‘Siyasar’ area of ‘Shindand’ district in Herat province.

On Wednesday 2nd January, ‘Alam Khail’, ‘Mulla Khail’ and ‘Zamburak Khail’ areas in ‘Said Abad’ district of ‘Maidan Wardak’ province were raided by the savage foreign invaders, in which, main gates of several civilian houses were blasted in bombs; two innocent villagers were relentlessly martyred, while six others were taken away as prisoners.

On Thursday 3rd January, five students while memorizing the Holy Quran by heart were martyred when their educational institute was hit in an artillery shelling randomly fired by the internal stooge forces in ‘Ishaqzi’ area of ‘Murghab’ district in Badghis province.

On Thursday 3rd January, thirteen civilian shops were first looted and then put on fire during a raid of the savage foreign invaders and their internal mercenaries in ‘Sharafat’ area of ‘Sangin’ district in Helmand province.

On Saturday 5th January, the public transport stand in ‘Upper Shah Wali Kot’ area of ‘Shah Wali Kot’ district in Kandahar province was indiscriminately bombed by the savage foreign invaders, in which, six innocent women and seven men were martyred on the spot while several others were badly injured.

On Sunday 6th January, a civilian countryman (named Haji Abdul Hakeem) was martyred in an indiscriminate drone strike of the savage foreign invaders in the center of ‘Almar’ district in Faryab province.

On Sunday 6th January, two innocent people were martyred in a joint raid of the savage foreign invaders and their internal mercenaries in ‘Balai’ village of ‘Deh-i-Yak’ district in Ghazni province.

On Monday 7th January, a child was martyred in the indiscriminate drone strike of the savage foreign invaders in ‘Goban’ village of ‘Nahr-i-Siraj’ area in ‘Grikshk’ district of Helmand province.

On Monday 7th January, civilian houses were raided by the savage foreign invaders and their internal mercenaries in ‘Safar’ area of ‘Garam-Sair’ district in Helmand province. In this brutal raid, tens of civilians shops in the main bazaar were put on fire, and a health clinic operated by ‘Barak’ organization including several transport vehicle of local civilian people were destroyed. Eventually two doctors, one women and two local civilian people were ruthlessly martyred. According to the local eye-witnesses, besides the above human casualties, huge financial losses worth of 40 million Afghanis were also inflicted on the local shopkeepers, businessmen and other civilian people.

On Tuesday 8th January, two civilian countrymen were martyred in the random artillery shelling of the internal mercenary forces in ‘Shirgi’ village of ‘Gun Jungle’ area in ‘Sarkano’ district of Kunar province.

On Friday 11th January, four civilians were ruthlessly martyred while significant financial losses were inflicted on the local people after a heavy fighting took place between Taliban and the savage foreign occupying forces in ‘Khanaki’ and ‘Murad Abad’ areas near ‘Tarin Kot’ city, the center of Urzgan province.

On Saturday 12th January, ‘Panj Buz’ area in ‘Juwand’ district of ‘Badghis’ province was raided by the savage foreign invaders and their internal mercenaries. In this brutal raid, main gates of several civilian houses were broken while ten innocent villagers were ruthlessly martyred.

On Saturday 12th January, ‘Dara’ area in ‘Urgun’ district of ‘Paktika’ province was raided by the internal stooge commando forces, in which, five innocent civilians were martyred, while heavy financial losses were inflicted on the local people.

On Monday 14th January, a public play-ground was brought under a ruthless and indiscriminate drone strike of the savage foreign invaders in ‘Gajoy’ area of ‘Shah Joy’ district in Zabul province, in which, two youngsters while they were playing were martyred on the spot.

On Monday 14th January, the ‘Mohammad Nabi Khan’ town near ‘Tareen Kot’ city, the center of Urzgan province was raided by the savage foreign invaders and their internal mercenaries. In this brutal raid, twenty five innocent civilian people were incarcerated while two others were ruthlessly martyred. Similarly, thirty six civilian shops including bookshops, PCO’s, photocopy shops, shops of basic edible commodities, shops of spare parts, one oil pump, one health clinic and tens of public transport vehicles were completely burnt in this barbaric raid.

On Tuesday 15th January, seven innocent civilians were martyred and wounded in the indiscriminate mortar shelling of the internal stooge forces in ‘Faiz Abad’ and ‘Koh-i-Sayyad’ areas of ‘Shirin Tagab’ district in Faryab province.

On Tuesday 15th January, an educational institute (called ‘Noor-ul-Madaris’ i.e. the beacon house for other educational institutes) was raided by the savage foreign invaders and their internal mercenaries in ‘Aziz Abad’ area of ‘Shindand’ district in Herat province. In this brutal raid, first the students were forced out of their classes, then the building was put on fire, in which, all reading material including students’ books etc. were completely burnt.

On Wednesday 16th January, twenty innocent countrymen including nomadic people and women were ruthlessly martyred while four others were injured after a heavy fighting took place between Taliban and the savage foreign occupying forces escorted by their internal mercenaries in ‘Container Bazaar’ and ‘Loy Karaiz’ areas of ‘Maiwand’ district in Kandahar province.

On Tuesday 22nd January, three civilian people were martyred by the brutal foreign occupying forces in ‘Buland Kash’ area of ‘Said Abad’ district in ‘Maidan Wardak’ province.

On Tuesday 22nd January, an innocent civilian was martyred while three civilian transport vehicles were put on blaze by the savage foreign occupying forces escorted by their internal mercenaries in ‘Sahak’ area of ‘Zurmat’ district in Paktia province.

On Tuesday 22nd January, six civilian countrymen while they were hunting in the wilderness were ruthlessly martyred by the savage foreign invaders in ‘Kanda’ hill of ‘Kuhna Khumar’ area near the center of ‘Maidan Wardak’ province.

On Wednesday 23rd January, seventeen civilian countrymen including women and nomadic people were martyred while five others were injured in the indiscriminate bombing of the savage foreign invaders and their internal mercenaries in the ‘old bazaar’ area in ‘Sangin’ district of Helmand province.

On Wednesday 23rd January, a remote control plane fully packed with explosive material was collided with a civilian home by the inhuman foreign invaders in ‘Dobandi’ area of ‘Sangin’ district in Helmand province, in which, three children were martyred while two more were badly injured.

On Thursday 24th January, two civilian countrymen were martyred while three others were detained and taken away as prisoners during a raid of the savage foreign invaders in collaboration of their internal mercenaries in ‘Kunj Jughatu’ village of ‘Jughatu’ district in ‘Maidan Wardak’ province.

On Saturday 26th January, eight innocent civilians were martyred while six others were incarcerated during a brutal raid of the savage foreign invaders and their internal mercenaries in ‘Pai Nawa’ area near ‘Tarin Kot’ city, the center of Urzgan province. Moreover, one mosque and several adjacent houses were demolished, while more than twenty transport vehicles of the local people were put on blaze.

On Sunday 27th January, two civilian people were martyred while huge financial losses were inflicted on the local people in a joint raid of the savage foreign invaders and their internal mercenaries in ‘Kalagi’ area of ‘Hisarak’ district in Nangarhar province.

On Thursday 31st January, ‘Haftadar’ area in ‘Khak-i-Safaid’ district of Farah province was raided by the savage foreign invaders and their internal mercenaries, in which, main gates of several houses were broken, and one Mulla Imam (the one who leads the public congregational prayers) was ruthlessly martyred, while twelve other civilian people were detained and taken away as prisoners.

On Thursday 31st January, five civilian people travelling in a vehicle were ruthlessly martyred in a blind drone strike of the savage foreign invaders in ‘Dobandi’ village of ‘Charkhakiyan-Manda’ area in ‘Sangin’ district of Helmand province.

On Thursday 31st January, three innocent civilians were relentlessly martyred while several others were incarcerated by the savage foreign invaders and their internal mercenaries after a severe fighting took place with Taliban in ‘Zaman Abad’ village of ‘Pashtun-Zarghun’ district in Herat province.

Sources: (BBC, Radio Liberty, The Afghan Islamic News Agency; Pazwak, Khabaryal, Larawbar, Nunn.Asia and Benawa websites.)

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a former Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development (Distinction). Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

 

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Complete transcript of speech delivered by delegation of Islamic Emirate in Moscow Conference

Via Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (5th February 2019)

In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Merciful

Praise be to Allah, and may peace and blessing of Allah be upon his messenger, his family and all his companions. And thereafter:

I foremost thank all the participants, the ladies and gentlemen, who have gathered here to discuss and share their views regarding the solution of the problems of our beloved country, Afghanistan, and the oppressed Afghan nation. I especially thank the Russian Federation for facilitating this important meeting in the country.

Now I would like to share information and position of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan with the participants regarding the current situation of my beloved country:

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, with the help of Allah Almighty and support of the believing Afghan nation has been waging Jihad for the past near two decades against the invasion by America and her allies, and have given every sacrifice of life and property during this period. It has repeatedly informed the world that it has no agenda outside its homeland, however the sovereignty and establishment of an Islamic system conforming to our religious and Afghan values is our legal right, and our armed and political efforts are for this exact purpose. The political office based in Doha, the capital of Qatar, is opened for finding a peaceful solution to the issue of Afghanistan so that no excuse is left for America and other countries that the Islamic Emirate only believes in a military solution, it does not want a political solution to the problem or that we [US and allies] want a peaceful solution but the Islamic Emirate does not have an address [for talks].

As you might already be aware, the political office of the Islamic Emirate has held a series of meetings with the United States and other countries. These meetings began during the former US administration and continue into today. Extensive talks were held with the American team during the month of January, 2019. In contrast to previous meetings where the agenda of talks was wide-ranging, this time talks revolved around two issues, namely the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan and preventing Afghanistan from being used against others. After long discussions, both sides agreed that two joint working groups will be formed to prepare a draft agreement for the above two points, and that the groups shall begin their work in the upcoming days.

We must mention that bringing an end to the occupation is the joint work and responsibility of all Afghans, and this honor is also reserved for the entire nation. The Islamic Emirate does not seek exclusive rule following the end of occupation but wants to build an intra-Afghan Islamic system of governance in the country in consultation with all Afghans.

Peace:

• Need for Peace:

Peace is the first need of every society; especially it is the most important demand of all oppressed Afghans. Without peace, restful life, economical, educational, cultural, social and political progress is impossible. Only in peace, countries and nations have developed. However, peace comes not only by words and slogans, as in the past 15 years it has been used as a project; rather it needs strong will and clear action. Wherever the right to freedom is taken from nations, it is obvious that peace will be eliminated there and replaced by conflicts and wars.
War has been imposed on the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and the Afghan nation, because their country has been occupied and the occupiers have removed an independent Islamic System. Thus, before everything, all those factors should be removed that have caused elimination of peace and continuation of war.

• Preliminary steps for Peace:

Before the beginning of the peace talks, some preliminary steps must be taken that are essential for peace and are parts of confidence building measures. Such as:

1 – Removal of Sanctions List:

Peace negotiations and sanctions list are two contradictory concepts and can’t go side by side. It is therefore required that these baseless sanctions and reward lists, that are used as a pressure tool for their interests, should be finished; so that representatives of the Islamic Emirate are able to participate in peace talks in different places without any hurdle.
It is also necessary that both sides should, as is their natural right, and without any pressure and in free atmosphere take forward the peace process. Not that one side is in the sanctions list and other side has freedom. This imbalanced process can neither go forward nor can give desired outcome.

2 – Release of Detainees:

Arrest and detention of Mujahidin and innocent Afghans are actions that are against peace. America and its protectorate regime have detained tens of thousands of Afghans and Mujahidin in their secret and open prisons and are ill treating them against all the laws. How is it possible that from one side one raises slogans of peace and from other side commits these malicious and illegal actions? This in itself is an obstacle to peace. For bringing real peace and reducing distance, other side must release all Mujahidin and ordinary innocent Afghans who are in prisons on mere accusations of having links with Mujahidin.

3 – Formally opening of the Office:

Venue for negotiations and a communication site in the shape of an office is necessary for peace. At present, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has no open and formal address as a venue for negotiations which is a preliminary requirement. It may be said that regular peace meetings could only be held in a state of availability of an office. The office is also required to issue peace related press releases, respond to questions of people as a responsible entity and remove national and international concerns. Likewise, anti peace elements could not use this pretext that the official address of the Islamic Emirate is not known.

4 – Stopping poisonous propaganda against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan:

It is clear to all that with the support of the occupiers, wide poisonous propaganda is carried out against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Utterly unfounded accusations are leveled against Islamic Emirate which in itself becomes hurdle towards progress for peace. Some intelligence circles resort to some terrible incidents, such as: blowing bridges, spraying acid on school students, making explosions on road side civilian vehicles, abducting people and committing other crimes and then blindly use these incidents against the Islamic Emirate as raw material for propaganda, and then when investigated, the results of those investigations are also not disclosed. This proves that these abuses are not work of the Mujahidin of the Islamic Emirate but rather of intelligence circles. It is because they think that by doing this, they would isolate the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan from its nation and the world. Thus, for the sake of peace, this poisonous and baseless propaganda should be stopped, because truth and peace both are sacrificed at the altar of this negative propaganda.

Obstacles to Peace:

• Occupation:

For real peace, the will of the people should be adhered to; occupation should be ended, because history has proved that Afghan nation has never surrendered to occupation. Occupation is mother of all the miseries. Peace in Afghanistan and withdrawal of foreign troops are tied with each other, because withdrawal of foreign troops practically paves the way for peace. But unfortunately, until now, peace has been used as a tactic in Afghanistan, and this is tantamount to throwing dust in the eyes of the people.

We see that the United States and some of its friends, instead of real peace, try to compel the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to surrender. They think that at first they would weaken the Islamic Emirate in the battle field and then will compel them to peace by having upper hand. But this is self-deception which is not in conformity with ground realities. Afghan Mujahid nation firmly stand behind the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. The invaders and their friends should know that no aggressive power of the world can eliminate national power. Likewise, the problem could not be solved by irresponsible actions and unrealistic strategies. The main thing is that strong intention and strategy based on realities are needed for peace in which end of occupation is a crucial part.

• Lack of an independent Islamic System:

For peace and stability in Afghanistan, there should be agreement on the establishment of an Afghan inclusive independent Islamic System that is acceptable to Afghans and reflects Islamic and Afghan values, as Islam is the religion of the Afghan people and guarantor of the country’s economic prosperity, social justice and national unity.

• Lack of guarantee for peace agreements:

Peace process needs guarantees, as without this, the provisions of the peace agreements could not be properly implemented. Therefore, the United Nations, major powers, members of the Islamic Conference and facilitating countries must guarantee implementations of the agreements.

• The Current Constitution:

Constitution is a dire need for every state; since development of the country and the nation without it faces many problems and disorders. Through the constitution, personnel, civil, and political rights of every citizen of Afghanistan is organized. It explains the relationship between the government and the people; puts light on checks and balances among the three branches of the government; structures and determines the power and generally determines the strategy regarding Afghanistan’s domestic and foreign politics.

The current constitution of Kabul Administration is not reliable, because it has been copied from the West and has been imposed on Afghanistan’s Muslim society under the shadow of occupation. It can neither respond to the desires of the Afghans nor can be implemented, as its provisions are vague and contradictory with each other. It is constantly being violated by the high ranking officials of the Kabul Administration; rather the current administration itself is contrary to the constitution. So, the current constitution in its present version is a major obstacle to peace.

Therefore, for the development of the beloved country and honor-loving people, their prosperous life and welfare, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan considers it necessary that constitution must be based on principles of Islamic religion, national interests, historical achievements and social justice. It should be committed to human dignity, national values and human rights, and could guarantee territorial integrity of the country and all rights of all the citizens. The draft of such constitution should be prepared by Afghan scholars and intellectuals in an atmosphere of freedom.

Status of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan regarding some key issues:

• Non interference in the internal affairs of other countries:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan makes legitimate efforts for independence of its country which is natural and human right of Afghan Muslim nation. Seeking independence of one’s country and establishing an Islamic system in conformity with the faith of its people cannot be considered terrorism. We would like to say that we don’t have agenda of destructive actions in other countries. In the past 17 years we have practically proved that we have not interfered in any way in other countries. Similarly, we do not allow anyone to use the soil of Afghanistan against other countries including neighboring countries. Our priority is to resolve the issue of Afghanistan through peaceful means. The United States must end the occupation and submit to the legitimate rights of the Afghans, including forming their government in conformity with their faith. After independence, we want to have positive and constructive relations with other countries including neighbors, and we welcome their assistance in reconstruction and development of the country. Similarly, we want to have positive role in peace and stability of the region and the world.

• Prevention of drug trafficking and cultivation:

During the overt reign of the Islamic Emirate, poppy cultivation had been reduced to zero and the number of heroin addicts among the Afghans was absolutely equal to none. However, after the US invasion in Afghanistan, poppy cultivated land area has reached 328 thousand hectares, and now under the shadow of 17 years of the occupation, the number of addicts has increased to three million people.

According to the UN Counter-Narcotics Organization report, the production of narcotics has increased by 87% and its cultivation by 63% in 2017, by which the scale of produced narcotics has reached 9000 metric tons. The policy of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is to prevent poppy cultivation and drug trafficking. If the war ends in Afghanistan, then the Islamic Emirate is determined to reduce poppy cultivation and drug trafficking to zero throughout the country, and in this regard it is ready to provide support and to coordinate with the neighboring countries and international organizations.

• Prevention of Civilian Casualties:

We see that the scale of civilian casualties is increasing lately due to the ongoing imposed war. This state of our people not only hurts us but every Afghan with free conscious feels the pain. Afghan nation is our own soul and body and by its damage our own self is harmed.

Even our Esteemed leader, Amir-ul-Momineen Sheikh Hibatullah Akhondzada (May Allah protect him) has made strong instructions in his Eid messages to the Mujahidin to refrain from operations in places where there is risk of civilian casualties. Moreover, the Islamic Emirate has embedded an independent Commission in its structure by the name of prevention of civilian casualties that works for the prevention of civilian casualties and has representatives in every province who closely and precisely investigates incidents. It publishes credible reports about civilian casualties several times throughout the year.

Often, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has postponed its military operations due to the risk of civilian causalities, but the Americans and their friends carry out night raids on civilian houses, make blind bombardments and use heavy weapons in civilian places, even they arrest people from cities on the basis of suspicion and then kill them under punishment and torture. Now, with the new American policy, bombardment and night raids have further increased which in turn has increased the graph of civilian casualties as well; albeit most of the media do not publish these reports and these incidents remain nonregistered. Some media outlets and some directions attempt to hide the original perpetrators of civilian casualties which further embolden the perpetrators to continue their crimes.

The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction or SIGAR says that their investigations have found that in 2018, American forces’ bombardments in Afghanistan have exceptionally increased, and they have dropped 1200 bombs only in the first three months of this year. On the second day of April 2018, as a result of a brutal aerial attack on a Madrasa in Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz province, they martyred 100 young memorizers of the Holy Quran and injured another 100. It is an iceberg of gruesome incidents. During the past 17 years, hundreds of similar incidents have taken place in which houses and educational institutions have been targeted.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has taken the following practical measures for the prevention of civilian casualties:

1. In order to prevent civilian casualties, Mujahidin are provided with guidelines by scholars on regular basis and independent seminars are held in this regard.

2. Delegations pay visit to Mujahidin circles from time to time in order to investigate incidents of civilian casualties and prosecute the perpetrators.

It must also be said that for the sake of the country and prosperous life of our people, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan considers building and maintaining of places of public utility as a dire need. It considers bridges, tunnels, dams, electric power stations, electric supply centers, mineral extraction and oil refining centers and its equipments, educational institutions, Madrasas, mosques, schools, universities, health centers, clinics, hospitals, and other public utility places as national asset and public property of the Afghan nation and considers their safety its responsibility. We consider religious and modern education necessary for the success of all Afghans and Afghan society.

Humanitarian Assistance:

On one hand, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is engaged in fighting for the independence of the country; on the other hand has taken drastic steps for the security, safety and prosperity of the citizens in the areas under its control.

With a view to the current situation, Afghan nation is in need of humanitarian assistance more than ever. For completing this need, the Islamic Emirate not only considers itself committed to the security of entities from humanitarian assistance providing countries, the United Nations, International Organizations, national businessmen and other humanitarian NGOs to deliver humanitarian assistance, meanwhile calls on them to provide, on the basis of humanitarian sympathy, humanitarian assistance to those needy people living in areas under the control of the Islamic Emirate.

The Islamic Emirate has provided ground for their humanitarian activities in the areas under its control. The best proof in this regard is that the esteemed leader of the Islamic Emirate urged the NGO’s in its last year’s Eid message to come to areas under the control of the Emirate, and we guarantee your security.

Women Rights:

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan considers woman as the builders of a Muslim society and is committed to all rights of women that have been given to them by the sacred religion of Islam.

Islam has given women all fundamental rights, such as business and ownership, inheritance, education, work, choosing one’s husband, security, health, and right to good life. Likewise, the Holy prophet (peace be upon him) advised good attitude with women in the last moment of his life. These are all those instances that took the woman out of the horrific pits of traditions of ignorance to the highest levels of knowledge, morality and dignity.

There is no doubt that in Afghanistan, due to occupation, there are many challenges against women rights. Women are faced with a lot of disasters. The so called women rights activists stayed in Afghanistan for 17 years, in this period billions of dollars came to Afghanistan, but still Afghanistan is at the top of the countries where many women die during delivery due to lack of health facilities. Still deformed and disabled children are begotten in our country more than any other place (in the world) due to the use of chemical weapons. Afghanistan is still among the top countries of the world where the average life expectancy rate of women is only 45. It is among the top countries of the world where there are more than one million widows. Due to corruption, the expenses brought and spent under the title of women rights have gone to the pockets of those who raise slogans of women rights.

Under the name of women rights, there has been work for immorality, indecency and circulation of non-Islamic cultures. Dissemination of western and non-Afghan and non-Islamic drama serials, paving way for immoral crimes, and encouraging women for violating Afghan customs are other instances that have been imposed on Afghan society under the name of women rights.

From the beginning, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has a very comprehensive and clear approach towards the rights of women. As Islam and then Afghan tradition is two major values of the Afghan Mujahid nation, so Islamic Emirate is also committed to all rights of women within this framework. The policy of the Islamic Emirate is to protect the rights of women in a way that neither their legitimate rights are violated nor their human dignity and Afghan values are threatened. Similarly, the Islamic Emirate is committed to eliminate all those evil customs and traditions that violate women rights and do not comply with Islamic principles, and provide them safe environment.

• Health:

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has a distinctive health commission functioning all over the country. This commission has its representatives in every province and every district, who from one side conduct internal health affairs of the Emirate and on the other side cooperate with and provide security to healthcare-providing associations and organizations.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has conveyed this message to the world during face to face meetings and through media outlets that it considers health personnel as being neutral. Injured persons of the parties to the conflict as well as injured civilians should be brought to hospitals and treated without any discrimination. In this regard the Islamic Emirate has agreements with international health organizations, such as ICRC, Emergency and Doctors without Borders. The Islamic Emirate Afghanistan has always urged the humanitarian assistance organizations and human rights organizations to make Kabul Administration and foreign forces to treat the wounded and detainees in the same way as the Islamic Emirate does.

The Islamic Emirate has made vast efforts to build clinics and hospitals in its areas and prepare and train health personnel for it, but unfortunately the occupiers consider it a legitimate target for themselves and always resort to bombing it. Due to this, several times our hospitals have been raided and bombed, even the clinics and hospitals that were running by the support of other NGOs in our areas have also been bombed. The bombing carried out against the hospital of Doctors without Borders (MSF) in Kunduz and the raid on a hospital in Wardak province are clear examples.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has published statements regarding security of health and education personnel of all sides and has advised Mujahidin not to target these people, but ensure their security so that they could do their work in the best way they can.

Unfortunately, the occupiers target our hospitals and ambulances; take out our wounded persons being transported in ambulances of other health organizations, arrest those wounded persons who are under treatment in hospitals and despite applying different methods of torture on our members, they do not even treat their common diseases.

The Islamic Emirate, once again, announce from this forum that in health sector the Emirate always considers itself committed to all the rights of the citizens and tries its best to deliver them all health services in the best way it can. It calls on human rights organizations to urge Kabul Administration and occupiers to respect human rights and not target hospitals that are in areas under the control of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. We expect foreign organizations to consider all Afghans as equal and as such deliver their services, particularly we expect them to pay attention to the areas that are under the control of the Islamic Emirate, because compared to urban areas, needs of people in rural areas are dire and greater.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has full cooperation with the United Nations, World Health Organization and other health organizations and this cooperation has provided ground for them to carry on their works in the best way in all parts of Afghanistan. In this regard, Polio and other vaccinations programs in many parts of the country that are carried out by relevant organizations by direct support of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan are worth mentioning.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, once again, fully assures health related organizations about its cooperation.

Thanks to all participants for listening attentively to our position and views regarding the current miseries of Afghanistan. Thank you.

30/05/1440 Hijri Lunar

16/11/1397 Hijri Solar 05/02/2018 Gregorian

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a former Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development (Distinction). Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

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Contaminated Blood: 2003 Malcolm Chisholm letter reveals discussions over campaigner’s hepatitis documents and confirms media lies in 2017

Malcom Chisholm letter highlights discussions regarding evidence sent by Carol Grayson Haemophilia Action UK in 2003

(Image via BBC)

This week, a blog appeared on Factor 8 Campaign Group website showing several letters from Malcolm Chisholm MSP (Minister for Health and Community Care) related to Contaminated Blood. The group was set up by Jason Evans, son of a haemophiliac whose father died in 1993 after receiving contaminated blood as part of his NHS treatment for haemophilia. During the 1970s and 80s many haemophiliacs were infected with HIV and hepatitis C from plasma products used to treat their bleeding disorder. The letters can be viewed on the following link,

https://showcase.dropbox.com/s/Correspondence-from-Malcolm-Chisholm-to-the-Scottish-Executive-regarding-contaminated-blood-during-2003-YwkNV0qQ4ick9ARxkxICB

Currently, more documents are being released into the public domain due to the Infected Blood Inquiry being set up which opened in September of this year. This includes documents and evidence submitted to the earlier Penrose Inquiry, Scotland, whose report was considered a “whitewash” by many campaigners and subsequently burnt in a very public display of anger, see following article,

Penrose Inquiry: £12m contaminated blood probe branded a whitewash

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/13207377.penrose-inquiry-12m-contaminated-blood-probe-branded-a-whitewash/

As a long standing campaigner of over 30 years who lost both my husband and brother in law to the Contaminated Blood scandal, I was particularly interested in a letter of Malcom Chisholm’s dated October 2003  (referred to on Evan’s blog as document 04) to Christine Graham MSP Convenor, Health and Community Care Committee as it relates to 2 articles published in Scotland where I submitted evidence to Scottish journalists at that time and also to Malcom Chisholm and Christine Graham.

Chishom’s letter to Graham is headed, Hepatitis C issues in the 1970s and 80s and is looking at his version of the state of knowledge of hepatitis C (non-A, non-B at that time). To give a flavour I will quote the first 2 paragraphs,

“Following receipt of your letter of the 10th September, I have now seen a copy of the document cited in the recent Sunday Times and Scotland on Sunday article and referred to in your letter of the 19th September. The document in question refers to a report entitled “Haemophilia Director’s Hepatitis C Working Party Report for year 1980 -1981” which appears to have been considered at a meeting of Haemophilia Directors in September 1982.

The point at issue is whether this document reveals new information about what that government knew, and whether in particular it confirms that they were aware as early as 1974 that treatment with blood clotting factor concentrates carried a risk of infection with what we now know as hepatitis C.”)

On the 22nd October 2003, I received a response from Kirstie Campbell, Chisholm’s secretary, the first 2 paragraphs confirms my submission of evidence to him,

Dear Mrs Grayson,

Thank-you for your letter of 14th September (2003) to Malcolm Chisholm, Minister for Health and Community Care, requesting a meeting with the Minister to discuss with him the paper you had submitted to the Scotland on Sunday and the Times, Scotland, in relation to the infection of haemophiliacs with Hepatitis C through treatment with blood products.

The Minister had agreed at the Health and Community Care Committee (HCCC) meeting on the 9th September  to consider the paper and he is grateful to you for providing him with a copy of the document in question entitled, “Haemophilia Director’s Hepatitis C Working Party Report for year 1980 -1981”. This paper appears to be considered at a meeting of Haemophilia Directors in September 1982.

The point at issue is whether this document reveals new information about what that government knew, and whether in particular it confirms that they were aware as early as 1974 that treatment with blood clotting factor concentrates carried a risk of infection with what we now know as hepatitis C. The Minister has since responded to Christine Grahame MSP, Convenor of the HCCC along the following lines… 

The letter continues to lay out what Chisholm understand to be the point at which hepatitis was understood to be dangerous to haemophiliacs and a further comment confirms receipt of other documents which I sent to Chisholm in 2003, including a letter from a much respected hepatitis expert Dr Garrot Allen with decades of research experience. Chisholm’s letter to me states,

“in the early 1970s Hepatitis C infection was widely regarded as benign, although there is no doubt there were some clinicians that dissented from that view- as demonstrated by the letter of 6th January  1975 to Dr Maycock from Dr Garrot Allen which accompanied your letter to the Minister.”  

Tragically those with far less experience of hepatitis failed to respond to the warnings from a man with decades of research under his belt! To ignore Garrot Allen, a renowned hepatitis expert in 1975 was the equivilent of ignoring Nelson Mandela on apartheid and race relations!

The two articles where I contributed to sending evidence on 7th September 2003 to journalists are as follows and are in my own hardcopy archives.

Blood risk for haemophiliacs “covered up (Sunday Times, Scotland, September 7th, 2003, Hardcopy Archived)

NHS knew of lethal blood for nine years (Scotland on Sunday, September 7th 2003, Hardcopy Archived)

There is also reference to the knowledge of hepatitis C from the Lindsay Tribunal Inquiry in Eire within the letter to Chisholm. The Lindsay Tribunal did not have access to documents within the UK wide HIV litigation which held many papers on hepatis C though some may of the same documents may have been held by both. Some UK experts did give evidence to the Lindsay Tribunal but not necessarily what was being told to patients in the UK.

I do not intend to go into detail of comparisons regarding our different opinions on the state of knowledge regarding hepatitis C over several decades only to state than an analysis of my letter, Chisholm’s letter, the documents discussed and much additional evidence on hepatitis C (unlikely to have been seen by Chisholm and which I hold) is an important matter for the Infected Blood Inquiry. This will be part of my evidence to the Inquiry. Our 2 letters must be viewed side by side along with additional evidence on hepatitis C.

What is important to establish is that 2 narratives on the state of knowledge of hepatitis C ran concurrently throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s. One narrative was what was published (and often downplayed) and the second was the narrative behind closed doors amongst concerned government officials, health professionals, researchers, pharmaceutical companies and policy makers that realized the dangers of hepatitis C (non-A, non-B) and the implications for haemophiliacs often withheld from patients at that time.

Some of those carrying out research published in academic journals were haematologists that treated haemophilia patients, most had invested in using imported US factor concentrates from “high-risk” and “skid-row” donors that carried a very high risk of transmitting hepatitis. This could be viewed as a “conflict of interest” which should have been declared in journals especially where they received any funding from pharmaceutical companies and their own practice regarding treatment of haemophiliacs may have come under question. Some health authorities were also named in the 1991 Haemophilia HIV litigation which later resulted in an out of court “ex-gratia” payment under Justice Ognal.

Evan’s sharing of Chisholm’s letter on his blog has brought up another important issue, the innacuracy of some media that fail to do their research and check facts thus publishing an incorrect Timeline of the state of knowledge regarding Contaminated Blood.

The Daily Mail July 3rd 2017 published an article stating,

“Newly unearthed minutes of meetings held in 1980 and 1981 show that officials consciously put patients at risk during a scandal which killed 2,000 people”

which discussed some of the findings and referred to an,

“international haematology symposium” which was held in Glasgow in September 1980.

I immediately recognized the evidence as being part of a collection I had unearthed myself some years back and wrote a complaint to the Daily Mail at the time which they failed to address.

This was the same evidence I had submitted to Chisholm and Scottish media in 2003 referred to as the “Haemophilia Director’s Hepatitis C Working Party Report for year 1980 -1981” (which included minutes) part of a collection of documents I hold presented as the international haematology (Glasgow) Symposium, 1980. So far from being new evidence in 2017, it was old evidence previously published in the media, in my published research (2006) in private letters and submitted to a Scottish minister among others. The Daily Mail also rehashed more of my earlier evidence relating to “Dr John Craske, a leading virologist” and “Diana Walford a senior official at the then Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), who later became the Government’s deputy chief medical officer” in the same article.

I had discovered many of these documents beginning in the 1990s from my late husband’s old legal files held at a Newcastle solicitor’s office whilst researching evidence for my dissertation on Contaminated Blood written in 2006 and later awarded the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Michael Young Prize in 2009.

The Inquiry must also investigate the impact of false and innacurate media reporting on Contaminated Blood on the health and wellbeing of victims. It is stressful enough to be infected or affected by this scandal without having to fight some irresponsible media who seem incapable of getting their facts rights and in failing to do so distort the Timeline of Knowledge and evidence and defame those already harmed by the state.

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

 

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Contaminated Blood: As “large volumes” of government documents suddenly appear campaigners expose alleged lies

Inquiry team with newly aquired documents

(Image via Infected Blood Inquiry on Twitter)

On January 18th 2019, the Infected Blood Inquiry team shared 3 photographs on Twitter with the following tweet,

We have today received, and Inquiry teams are now reviewing for relevance to our work, large volumes of material from

Over 1200 haemophiliacs were infected with HIV in the 1980s through contaminated blood products used in the treatment of a hereditary clotting disorders (a scandal described in Hansard in 1987 as an “avoidable injustice”). Many were also infected with hepatitis B and C in the 1970s/80s and years later exposed to new variant CJD. An Inquiry was announced to investigate this disaster which opened in September 2018 and also those infected through whole blood products, a separate case to haemophilia.

Images via Infected Blood Inquiry on Twitter

What is extraordinary is the number of boxes of documents that have suddenly materialized for use by the Inquiry given how much evidence campaigners were told had been lost or shredded. As I informed Anne Milton previously in writing in 2010,

In a letter dated 9th February 2004 Melanie Johnson wrote to Lord Morris (First Minister for Disabled and our campaign colleague of many years) that “all the information is in the public domain” and because of this the Government did not think a Public Inquiry was the way forward.

This was the repeated mantra of successive governments from the 1990s to deny campaigners a Public Inquiry. Back on February 20th 2001 when Alan Milburn was Secretary of State for Health, the Newcastle Journal reported a Government spokesperson as saying: “We do not believe anybody’s interests would be served by holding a public inquiry.”

Whilst government blocked a Public Inquiry for decades falsely claiming that all the information was in the public domain, witnesses such as doctors, blood policy advisers and other officials that could have shed light on what happened grew old and died and many victims that could have testified in an Inquiry succumbed to their infections with HIV and hepatitis C. Was that government’s intention?

The following questions now need to be answered…

  1. Why were campaigners denied a Public Inquiry for nearly 3 decades on the grounds that “all the information is in the public domain” as successive government officials repeatedly stated in writing in personal letters to victims when clearly this was not the case? Documents that were not in the public domain have continued to be unearthed contrary to government’s statement. This is usually due to the persistent efforts of campaigners as opposed to openess from government and is in addition to those released following a 30 year privacy rule.
  2. How many of these boxes of potential evidence were sent to Lord Archer of Sandwell when he requested government blood policy and other Department of Health (DOH), Cabinet Office and legal documents to be submitted to the Archer Inquiry in 2007? FOI request is currently being filed.
  3. Why were so few files of documents used to write the now disgraced and withdrawn DOH Self Sufficiency in Blood Products in England and Wales: A Chronology from 1973 to 1971?

Back on the 2nd July 2017, my campaign colleague Colette Wintle submitted one of our many Freedom of Information (FOI) requests over the decades to the DOH. She asked the question,

“I would like to know who is the author of your publication Self Sufficiency in Blood Products in England and Wales: A Chronology from 1973 to 1971 published in 2006 and what documents were used to support this document? Where can I contact the author please?”

The DOH Self -Sufficiency report was written in direct response to a dossier of documents sent to government jointly from the Newcastle Journal and my late husband Peter and I who set up Haemophilia Action UK in 1994 and the Bad Blood campaign with journalist Louella Houldcroft in 2000. The return of evidence was highlighted in past media articles. A recent FOI request revealed that government can no longer locate the dossier of documents we submitted.

Government also appear to have “lost” some of the legal letters sent on my direction in 2006 via a solicitor when I returned copies of key documents exchanged between lawyers for government and lawyers for haemophiliacs in the discovery phase of the 1991 HIV litigation. (Fortunately I kept copies). The return was on the grounds that none of these documents would be destroyed and all released into the public domain. Some were however were then withheld on the grounds of “commercial interest”.

These documents were later transferred to the National Archives, Kew where both the name of our lawyer was absent and any reference to my 2006 ESRC awarded research which had prompted the discovery and the fact that these documents originated from my husband’s litigation files was also conveniently withheld. It is of great concern to campaigners that some staff at the the National Archives do not appear to have the skills to reference correctly.

Back in 2006 government wrote to me highlighting that previously,

as you may be aware “over zealous civil servants” had already “inadvertently destroyed” many of their own copies of documents.

So I was returning documents to assist government with their collective memory loss regarding Contaminated Blood history and evidence.

To return to Colette’s question to the DOH, she received an answer on the 19th July 2017 which states,

I can confirm that the DH holds information relevant to your request.

The DH is the author of the report Self Sufficiency in Blood Products in England and Wales: A Chronology from 1973 to 1971. The report is a review of documents dated from 1973 (when a decision was made to pursue self-sufficiency for England and Wales) to 1991 (when a validated screening test for the hepatitis C virus was introduced in the UK) carried out by officials on behalf of ministers.

Four files of official documents were used to support the report, and were released alongside it (A link is then provided).

Why were only four files used for the DOH report when so many papers still existed? The government claimed around 5,000 documents were utilized in total. Why won’t government name the individuals that wrote this report?

I was repeatedly told in letters from the DOH over the years that most documents no longer exist. Long standing campaigners believed some could have been destroyed but also that many were likely to still exist though withheld from campaigners and their lawyers.

This lack of detail and exclusion of reference to thousands of key documents, some which I believed to show alleged negligence was glaringly apparent when I critiqued the DOH report for my research dissertation in 2006 shortly after it was published. My critique of the report can be found on the Haemophilia Society website see following link,

https://haemophilia.org.uk/support/day-day-living/patient-support/contaminated-blood/dissertation-carol-grayson-contaminated-blood-products/

The report was finally disgraced and withdrawn on my evidence in December 2017 see below,

“Contaminated Blood report full of lies”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42410301

Long standing campaigners have repeatedly been blocked from meetings with government including in the present day. Why? Because we know too much and some of the newer campaigners with less evidence and limited campaign experience are much easier to manipulate than those that have learnt the ways of government over decades and have the material to challenge.

Its not enough to unearth hidden documents though that is extremely important. In order to show an alleged “cover-up” by government it is increasingly important to trace what was said in writing and in meetings over several decades to Contaminated Blood campaigners. One has limited use without the other.

Also the Department of Health did not minute meetings for years but campaigners wrote up discussions and sent them to the DOH saying if they objected to the content and required corrections to reply and if they didn’t these would be taken as accepted.

Colette Wintle and I along with Peter Mossman (who founded the Manor House Group)  also submitted many important documents to government through our own MPs and via the late and much missed Lord Morris of Manchester (First Minister for Persons with Disabilities and Mr Mossman’s MP) and to other Lords, for discussion and debate, this included videos.

Where is all that evidence now? Will it be unearthed as part of the boxes lodged with the Infected Blood Inquiry.

The Inquiry will struggle looking at documents in isolation. Evidence forms a giant jigsaw which must have a correct timeline and all the relevant pieces to match up and provide the wider picture. It will be of no use to victims to show half a picture or a distorted image. Campaigners fear that pieces of the jigsaw will be forced into other pieces that don’t fit to create an entirely new picture without anyone ever being held to account!

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a former Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development (Distinction). Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

 

 

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