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Who’s Who in the U.S.-Led Coalition Against Iraq?

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What follows is a partial list of countries in the U.S.-led Coalition of the Willing against Iraq. The data has been collected from published sources, including CIA documents. The comments on human rights abuses come from Amnesty International.

Afghanistan

Pop: 27,775,775

GDP: $ 21 billion

Military manpower available: 6,896,623

Military forces: not available

Note: Not only are police unable to guarantee the protection of human rights in Afghanistan, but some members of the police themselves are involved in committing human rights violations. Amnesty International has found evidence of torture and ill treatment of individuals at the hands of the police. Alleged violations include the use of electric shocks and severe and prolonged beatings, particularly at the time of interrogation.

Albania

Pop: 3,544,841

GDP: $14 billion

Military manpower available: 888,086

Military expenditures dollar figure: $56.5 million


Australia

Pop: 19,546,792

GDP: $528 billion

Military manpower available: 5,013,406

Military expenditures dollar figure: $9.3 billion


Azerbaidjan

Pop: 7,798,497

GDP: $27 billion

Military manpower available: 2,131,331

Military expenditures dollar figure: $121 million

Bulgaria

Pop: 7,621,337

GDP: $50.6 billion

Military manpower available: 1,873,052 (males age 15-49)

Military expenditures dollar figure: $356 million

Colombia

Pop: 41,008,227

GDP: $225 billion

Military manpower available: 10,946,932

Military expenditures dollar figure: $3.3 billion

Note: Over the past years, scores of human rights activists have been killed or “disappeared” in Columbia. Hundreds have suffered death threats, attacks, and intimidation, or have been forced to leave the country in fear for their lives. In rural areas, where political violence is most intense, the level of persecution is such that human rights organizations are no longer able to operate.


South Korea

Pop: 48.324 million

GDP: $931 billion

Military manpower available: 14,194,960

Military expenditures dollar figure: $12.8 billion

Military expenditures percent of GDP: 2.8%


Italy

Pop: 27,715,625

GDP (Purchasing power parity): $1.438 trillion

Military manpower available: 14,184,307 (males age 15-49)

Military expenditures dollar figure: $20.2 billion

Military expenditures percent of GDP: 1.64%

Latvia

Pop: 2.366.515

GDP (purchasing power parity): $ 20 billion

Military Power-availability: 591,592 (males age 15-49)

Military expenditures dollar figure: $87 million

Military expenditures percent of GDP: 1.2%


Lithuania

Pop: 3,601,138

GDP: $ 29.2 billion

Military manpower available: 933,638

Military expenditures dollar figure: $230.8 million

Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav, Republic

Pop: 2,054,800

GDP: $10 billion

Military manpower available: 551,523

Military expenditures dollar figure: $200 million

Nicaragua

Pop: 5,023,848

GDP: $12.3 billion

Military manpower availabile: 1,308,430 (males age 15-49)

Military expenditures dollar figure: $26 million

Uzbekistan

Pop: 25,563,441

GDP: $62 billion

Military manpower available: 6,747,221

Military expenditures dollar figure: $200 million

Note: Death sentences and executions in Uzbekistan since
the beginning of 1999 have reached an alarmingly high number, with at least 55 death sentences and 15 executions, Amnesty International said. Since information on the death penalty is regarded as a state secret, the real number of those sentenced to death and executed may be much higher. “We have frequently received allegations that international fair trial standards were violated in the trials of people sentenced to death,” Amnesty International adds. “In particular, victims have claimed that they were convicted on the basis of confessions made as a result of torture.”


Netherlands

Pop: 16,067,754

GDP: $434 billion

Military manpower available: 4,077,917

Military expenditures dollar figure: $6.5 billion


Philippines

Pop: 84,525,639

GDP: $335 billion

Military manpower available: 21,718,304

Military expenditures dollar figure: $995 million

Note: Techniques of torture are used to extract information and force
confessions. These include electroshocks; the use of plastic bags to
suffocate detainees; burning detainees with cigarettes; beating with fists, metal pipes, or gun barrels; and placing chili peppers on the detainees’ eyes or genitals. Those most at risk of torture are alleged members of armed opposition groups and their suspected sympathizers, ordinary criminal suspects, and members of poor or marginalized communities who are suspected of committing criminal acts (including women and children).


Poland

Pop: 38,625,478

GDP: $368.1 billion

Military manpower available: 10,415,598

Military expenditures dollar figure: $3.5 billion


Czech Republick

Pop: 10,256,760

GDP (purchasing power parity): $155.9 billion

Military manpower available: 2,637,128

Military expenditures dollar figure: $1.190.200 million


Romania

Pop: 22,317,730

GDP: 152.7 billion

Military manpower available: 5,906,601

Military expenditures dollar figure: $985 million

United Kingdom

Pop: 59,778,002

GDP (Purchasing power parity): $1.52 trillion

Military manpower available: 14,632,418

Military expenditures dollar figure: $31.7 billion


El Salvador

Pop: 6,353,681

GDP (purchasing power parity): $28.4 billion

Military manpower available: 1,500,712

Military expenditures dollar figure: $112 million


Slovakia

Pop: 5,422,366

GDP: $66 billion

Military manpower available: 1,486,728

Military expenditures dollar figure: $406 million


Turkey

Pop: 67,308,928

GDP: $ 468 billion

Military manpower available: 19,219,177

Military expenditures dollar figure: $8.1 billion

Note: Women from all social and cultural backgrounds are subjected to abuse, assault, and rape in detention. Some sectors of women are particularly at risk, especially women of Kurdish origin from the
southeast and women who hold political beliefs unacceptable to the
authorities or military. It continues to be extremely difficult for women who have experienced sexual violence to speak out and obtain justice. Ostracism, discrimination by society, and concepts of “honor” conspire to silence the survivors of sexual violence. When agents of the state are the
perpetrators, they reinforce a culture of violence and discrimination that places all women at risk.

Kuwait

Pop: 2,111,561

GDP: $ 30.9 billion

Military manpower available: 812,059

Military expenditures dollar figure: $1.967.3 million

Qatar

Pop: 793.341

GDP: $ 16.3 billion

Military manpower available 316.885

Military expenditures dollar figure: $723 million


Saudi Arabia

Pop: 23,513,341

GDP: $241 billion

Military manpower available: 6,007,635

Military expenditures dollar figure: $18.3 billion

Denmark

Pop: 5,368,854

The GDP: $155.5 billion.

Military manpower available: 1,287,168

Military expenditure: $2.47 billion


Eritrea

Pop: 4,465,651

GDP: $3.2 billion

Mililitary manpower: not available

Military expenditure: $138.3 million


Spain

Pop: 40,077,100

GDP: $828 billion

Military manpower available: 10,520,561

Military expenditure: $8.6 billion

Note: The UN Committee—which examined Spain’s fourth periodic report on its implementation of the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment—expressed its particular concern about reports of rape and sexual abuse, ill treatment of unaccompanied children during expulsion procedures, and other acts of ill treatment against immigrants. Torture or ill treatment of members of ethnic minorities or of foreigners is widespread in Spain. “Men, women, and children have been verbally abused, physically ill-treated, detained without any explanation, and in some cases tortured,” stated Gillian Fleming, Amnesty International’s researcher on Spain.


Estonia

Pop: 1,415,681

GDP: $15.2 billion

Military manpower available: 359,902

Military expenditure: $155 million


Ethiopia

Pop: 67,673,031

GDP: $46 billion

military manpower available: 14,925,883

Military expenditures: $800 million


Georgia

Pop: 4,960,951

GDP: $15 billion

Military manpower available: 1,300,259

Military expenditures: $23 million


Hungary

Pop: 10,075,034

GDP: $134.7 billion

Military manpower available: n/a

Military expenditures: $1.08 billion



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