COMMISSION OF INQUIRY FOR INT’L WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL MEMORANDUM #1:
RESEARCH
                            CATEGORIES and General Summary

The International Action Center is pleased to announce that the
preparation for the International War Crimes Tribunal is
officially under way. We both welcome and encourage all who would like
to participate in the research effort.

The initial hearing on the indictment will be held in New York City at
Dubinsky Hall at the Fashion Institute of Technology on
July 31st. Currently, former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark is
writing up a multi-charge complaint, naming William J.
Clinton, Madeleine Albright, William Cohen, various US/NATO Generals and
others, as defendants for their part in the war
against Yugoslavia.

Below you will find the 21 categories where research is needed. Please
feel free to e-mail (iacenter@iacenter.org) or fax
(212-633-2889) the International Action Center all relevant research, or
research reasonably calculated to lead to relevant
information. All research sent to the IAC should be labeled by
corresponding category number. Please also include your name,
phone number and e-mail in case you need to be reached.

The indictment will be based on crimes against peace, crimes against
humanity and war crimes. It will examine the laws of
armed conflict, the Hague and Geneva Conventions, the Nuremberg Charter,
the United Nations Charter, and the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights

The categories are as follows:

     1. Research into concerted actions to dismember Yugoslavia and
obtain military domination of the Balkans.

     2. Research into actions to destroy Yugoslavia economically and
militarily.

     3. Gathering of information on the destruction of facilities
essential to economic life throughout Yugoslavia.

     4. Research into the targeting and destruction of facilities
necessary for civilian life—hospitals, electrical plants,
     residential areas, bridges, water purification plants, and other
vital structures.

     5. Collection of information on the damage to cultural sites,
including historical and religious sites.

     6. Information on indiscriminate bombing throughout Yugoslavia.

     7. Testimony on the use of prohibited weapons capable of mass
destruction (including cluster bombs and depleted
     uranium) and inflicting indiscriminate death and unnecessary
suffering against both military personnel and civilian
     targets.

     8. Evidence on the attacks on facilities in Yugoslavia containing
dangerous substances and forces.

     9. Examination of the obstruction of justice and the bypassing of
the UN charter by engaging in an offensive war
     against the people of Yugoslavia as a means of securing power for
U.S. and other Western powers.

     10. Investigation into the United States manipulation of NATO for
purposes of securing long term US strategic
     goals of domination of Russia and other former Soviet Republics,
Eastern Europe, and South Asian economic and
     political spheres and limiting defensive capabilities in the region
so as not to interfere with US imperialist
     objectives.

     11. Investigation into the corruption of the Constitutional power
of Congress as a means of carrying out an illegal
     war, and committing crimes against peace, humanity, war crimes, and
other high crimes.

     12. Investigation into the destruction of the environment.

     13. A study of the elevation of the number of refugees through a
campaign of bombing,

     14. An examination of a systematic policy of inflaming of
fratricidal violence, financing and arming KLA militia
     forces.

     15. After the 78 day bombardment, the severing of Kosovo into 5
"zones of control" as a means of implementing
     the premeditated divide and conquer policy towards the Balkans in
specific, and Eastern Europe, Russia and
     other former Soviet Republics, and South Asia in general.

     16. The policy to deprive the Yugoslav people of essential
medicines, potable water, food, and other necessities.

     17. Research into the systematic manipulation, control and
restriction of press and media coverage to mobilize
     public support for their military and political goals.

     18. An examination of the United States and NATO’s permanent
military presence in the Balkans, the control of
     its mineral resources and geopolitical domination of the Balkan
region.

     19. A study of the reconstruction contracts in Yugoslavia after the
war, the impact on the economy of the United
     States and other NATO countries.

     20. A gathering of examples of unsubstantiated rumors, lies and
distortions by public figures in defending the war
     policy.

     21. An analysis of the Ramboulliet Accords.

     22. President Clinton, Congress, and the Pentagon conspired to use
the war in Yugoslavia to vastly increase the
     trend towards militarism, including the large increases in the
military budget. This not only leads to the danger of
     other wars, but constitutes a criminal cutback in spending on
social programs designed to help poor and working
     people in the United States.

     23. The attempt by U.S. and NATO to assassinate by aerial
bombardment and missiles President Slobodan
     Milosevic and other top leaders of the Yugoslav government.

If you have additional questions or need information on how the research
operation will work, contact Sarah Sloan at the
International Action Center: (212) 633-6646.
 
 

ON 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
evidence.

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. 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 iacenter@iacenter.org.

Sincerely,

Sara Flounders and Brian Becker