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avgust 20, 2008
THE WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL
We project a massive people's tribunal on the war on Yugoslavia. It is essential that we develop an international forum that
holds the U.S. and NATO accountable for its criminal acts.
A Commission of Inquiry into War Crimes that examines the U.S./NATO conduct of the war
against Yugoslavia can incorporate the efforts of organizations and activists in many
countries. What is needed is a public gathering of evidence worldwide in a form that can
involve the efforts of many thousands of people. Eyewitness evidence, expert testimony
from doctors, scientists and lawyers will be included. We will review the public statements of the leaders of the NATO countries
describing their reasons for the war. The Ramboulliet Accords as a NATO ultimatum leading up to the bombing will be
carefully examined and analyzed. Research will include the
beneficiaries of war contracts and the new control of resources in the region. This
International Commission will examine newspaper coverage, magazines and periodicals, TV
news broadcasts radio and other public materials. Videotapes and photos will be used as
The indictment will be drawn up by former U.S.
Attorney General Ramsey Clark. It will be based on international law, international
conventions to which the NATO countries are signatories, and the UN charter. This indictment will be ready in early July. The reading of the indictment and presentation of initial evidence will be held
at a daylong hearing in New York City on Saturday, July 31.
This will be followed by other large public hearings of the initial evidence and new
material gathered on an ongoing basis. These events will be organized by local activists
in many cities in the U.S. and hopefully in all the NATO countries.
Many other countries around the world may also want to hold mass public hearings on the
evidence gathered because NATO is projected now as a global police force. The major
military and economic powers have set a dangerous new precedent on their right to
intervene in the internal affairs of a small country.
We will help coordinate this effort through the internet and email. It will incorporate
the use of videos and utilize satellite hook ups. Millions of people can be involved and
educated on the aims of the war, the impact and the next stage of conflict.
At the end of several months of mass hearings the Commission of Inquiry will convene a
final War Crimes Tribunal. The Commission will ask internationally acclaimed jurists,
human rights activists, trade unionists, leaders of civil rights and women's
organizations, members of parliaments and others to review the body of evidence and issue
a public verdict.
Many groups and individuals from all over the world
have already gathered and prepared extensive evidence of NATO crimes.
The international effort to gather material and hold hearings on war crimes will work with
and utilize the material already gathered by many groups of lawyers, jurists, peace groups
and NGOs along with the new material.
The body called the International War Crimes
Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia is a political weapon initiated by the U.S. through the
Security Council. Its very existence is a violation of the UN Charter and of the
sovereignty of nations. This
kangaroo court was
established in 1993 as part of the effort to justify Western intervention in the Balkans. It is not in any way part of the International Court of Justice
which has been based at the Hague in the Netherlands for 50 years.
This International War Crimes Tribunal for the
Former Yugoslavia is stacked with U.S. influenced appointees. No comparable institution exists that is capable of judging
U.S./NATO war crimes. Now, an additional 300 investigators will be added by NATO countries
to look into Serbian war crimes in Kosovo. No
investigators were added to look into NATO war crimes in Kosovo. This
reality exposes the tribunal's real agenda.
As the official NATO spokesperson Jamie Shea
bragged, "We [NATO countries] are the biggest
supporters of the War Crimes Tribunal [for the Former Yugoslavia]. NATO finances the
International War Crimes Tribunal." Washington decided to brand
President Milosevic a war criminal long before the actual events for which he is charged
occurred in Kosovo. On July 18, 1998, the U.S. Senate voted for a resolution to indict
Yugoslav President Milosevic as a war criminal.
Last year the U.S. government sabotaged an
international effort in Rome, Italy to establish an authentically independent
International War Crimes Tribunal.(Read to fully understand, http://www.members.tripod.com/kosovo99/icc-un.htm
Washington was opposed to any effort to establish a
court or any type of international mechanism where U.S. military and political personnel
could also be charged with war crimes.
The only avenue open to a genuine public inquiry into the events surrounding the NATO
bombing of Yugoslavia is a broad based grassroots people's effort. Such an international activity can educate millions of people to
the wider war that is even now in preparation.
We welcome your support for this effort. Please feel free to contact our office at (212)
633-6646, fax (212) 633-2889, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara Flounders and Brian Becker
International Action Center
39 West 14th Street #206, New York, NY 10011
phone 212-633-6646, fax 212-633-2889