From Lenin’s Tomb blog in Britain:
As Iraq death toll “hits one million”, ICC chief prosecutor says Blair and Bush could face war crimes trial
The Morning Star reveals that it has spoken to Chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo of the International Criminal Court, to establish if Blair and Bush could face war crimes trials in the event of Iraq becoming a member-state.
The response: “Whatever country joins the court can know that whoever commits a crime in their country could be prosecuted by me.”
That would, of course, be something that couldn’t even begin as a notional process until such time as Iraq is free from occupation and has an independent government.
The Morning Star also reports on claims by Dr Gideon Polya that the death toll in Iraq had hit 1 million as of February this year.
That may in fact be a valid claim, or at least in the vicinity of truth, although I would add that it isn’t in fact based on a new survey, but an extrapolation of the Lancet‘s figures based on a uniform rate of excess deaths continuing for six months after the survey was completed.
Further, the one million figure is based on a comparison not with the pre-war mortality figure but with those persisting in unoccupied neighbouring countries.
The Iraq war and the mainstream media: here.
Read and endorse the Nuremberg Declaration
Posted by: “Corey” email@example.com cpmondello
Tue Apr 10, 2007 7:04 am (PST)
Read and endorse the Nuremberg Declaration
(http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/nuremberg_declaration.htm) calling for the United States to accede to the International Criminal Court and bring U.S. war criminals to justice.
THE NUREMBERG DECLARATION
The following is the full text of the Nuremberg Declaration delivered to the head of the Documentation Center for the Crimes of the Nazi Party, the group responsible for maintaining Room 600 in the Nuremberg Courthouse where Nazi leaders were tried and convicted of war crimes in 1945 and 1946. The declaration calls on the United States to reverse the decision of the Bush administration and re-sign and ratify the International Criminal Court treaty (Rome statute).
on International Criminal Court
The Nuremberg War Trials marked the birth date of a new age in international law — the creation of an International Tribunal to try war criminals. Mr. Robert Jackson, the Allied Forces’ Chief Prosecutor, stated on various occasions in 1945 that, “the U.S. itself will be bound in the future by the rules they are imposing on the German war criminals in Nuremberg today.
Fifty seven years elapsed between the Nuremberg War Trials and the commissioning of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on July 1, 2002. However, the United States, under the presidency of George W. Bush, did not participate in the foundation of the ICC. Instead, the Bush administration threatened the use of military forces in the event that an American national was ever tried before the ICC.
The continued refusal of the United States government to become a party to the ICC is an ongoing violation of the promises made at Nuremberg in 1945. The conduct exhibited by the United States over 61 years constitutes a breach of good faith proclaimed in 1945. A breach of faith that contravenes the moral basis for the Nuremberg War Trials of 1945 and is a lasting obstacle to the efforts of all peaceful nations that believe in the rule of law. Americans are urged to encourage their government to fulfill the promises made by Robert Jackson at Nuremberg in 1945 and become a party to the ICC as soon as practicable.
Declared on the Documentation Center former Nazi Party parade grounds, Nuremberg, Germany, Dec. 7, 2006.
There were six original signers of the declaration and it may be available for signatures by visitors to the Nuremberg Courthouse. We are also soliciting signatures for the Nuremberg Declaration by professionals from various sectors, including current and/or past affiliations. The following sectors are included:
1. Current and former members of legislatures — national, state/provincial/territorial, local/municipal.
2. Current and former executive government officials — national, state/provincial, local/municipal, tribal and territorial. (e.g., governors, mayors, county executives).
3. Current and former jurists — national, state/provincial/territorial, local/municipal.
4. Members of the Fourth Estate, the press/media, publishers, editors, journalists.
5. Officials and faculty of educational institutions.
6. Legal professionals.
7. Members of the clergy/lay leadership.
8. Current and former members of the diplomatic corps.
9. Current and former non-governmental organization (NGO) officials
10. Current and former members of the military.
11. Current and former trade union officials.
12. Current and former business community officials.
13. Current and former intelligence agency and law enforcement officers.
14. Members of the film, art, literature, sports, and entertainment communities.
15. Political party officials.
Signatures can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The current plans are to collect signatures from Nuremberg and from e-mail and present them, along with the Nuremberg Declaration, to the relevant congressional committees with a view to persuade them to initiate the proper legislation to ensure that the United States becomes a full party to the International Criminal Court and agree to hand over for prosecution those American officials who violated the Paris Peace Pact of 1928, the UN Charter, and the Geneva Conventions. The ICC treaty has been ratified by 104 nations, including Afghanistan, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Serbia, South Africa, United Kingdom, and Venezuela. Iraq’s Transitional National Government was set to ratify the treaty but reversed course after pressure was exerted by the United States.
The following nations are in the process of ratifying the ICC treaty: Chile, Czech Republic, Guatemala, Japan, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, and Yemen. Israel “de-signed” the ICC treaty at the same time the Bush administration withdrew its signature.
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And there is more!
Since the United Nations determined in 1960 that colonialism is a crime against humanity, there is no longer a need for plebiscites. The solution is to give Puerto Rico her sovereignty.
But being the United States government does not want to, it continues to advocate the use of plebiscites to find out what Puerto Ricans want. Even if 100% of Puerto Ricans would want to continue being a US colony, Puerto Rico would still be obligated to accept her sovereignty to then decide what she wants to do.
The only thing these plebiscites are good for is to divide Puerto Ricans. A Puerto Rican didn’t invade us to make us a colony. When will we understand that we need to unite?
This is why we must peacefully protest at least 3 times a year until Puerto Rico is decolonized!
José M López Sierra
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Why does Puerto Rico have a higher voter turnout than USA?
Puerto Ricans have a voter turnout of about 80%. The United States (US) citizens have a voter turnout of about 50%. What accounts for this 30 % disparity? Could it be that Puerto Rican believe in democracy more than US mainland citizens?
Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States since 1898. Since that time, Puerto Ricans who have wanted to decolonize their country have been either assassinated or imprisoned. Many Puerto Ricans are terrified of independence for Puerto Rico as a result of 116 years of repression.
Since colonialism is always for exploitation, there are no opportunities in Puerto Rico for Puerto Ricans. That is why there are now more Puerto Ricans out, than in Puerto Rico. Therefore, Puerto Ricans are desperate to find a political solution to our eternal colonialism!
Most Puerto Ricans believe that decolonization can be achieved through the electoral process. But the electoral process is ultimately under the control of the government of the United States. Since the US government has ignored 33 United Nations resolutions asking it to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico, and it has maintained incarcerated Puerto Rico political prisoner Oscar López Rivera for 33 years despite worldwide support to free him, there should be no doubt that the US government will never allow decolonization via the electoral process. If it were possible to do it that way, we would not have it!
The better way to decolonize is for that 80% of the Puerto Rico voter turnout to instead protest in the streets to demand our inalienable right to self-determination and independence, and insist that the UN do the decolonization in conformity to international law. After all, colonialism is within the jurisdiction of international law and never under national law. That is why it is a crime against humanity to have a colony under international law, but not so under US law.
José M López Sierra
The Second Oscar – Mandela March in New York City 2015
We will be having our 2nd Oscar – Mandela Protest March on Monday, June 22, 2015. We will start marching peacefully at 9 AM from Hunter College on East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue, to East 43rd Street and Lexington Avenue. We will then go East (turning left) to end up at the Ralph Bunche Park on First Avenue (across from the United Nations).
We will be at the park until 5 PM. We will be giving out flyers and talking to people about who Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera is. We will also be educating the public about Puerto Rico’s colonial relationship with the government of the United States (US).
Most people don’t know that every year, usually on the Monday after Fathers’ Day, the United Nations holds its hearing about the decolonization of Puerto Rico. The petitioners will usually join our protest after this meeting.
The UN determined in 1960 that colonialism is a crime against humanity. Since then, the UN has issued 33 resolutions asking for the US government to immediately decolonize Puerto Rico. The US government has ignored these resolutions. What kind of democracy is that?
The US government tries to keep these hearings a secret. What we are trying to do is to get them out of the closet. The UN is in its 3rd decade trying to make the world colony-free. Please help us!
Most people also don’t know that the United States government takes out 14 times more money than what it invests in Puerto Rico. But, that is what colonies are for!
This savage exploitation impedes Puerto Rico’s ability to provide opportunities for Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico. That is why there are now more Puerto Ricans living away from Puerto Rico than in their homeland.
Oscar López Rivera has been incarcerated for 34 years for his struggle to decolonize Puerto Rico. Since colonialism is an international crime, international law gives Oscar the right to use whatever means necessary to decolonize his homeland. Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 27 years for doing the same thing as Oscar. This is why we say, Oscar López Rivera is our Nelson Mandela!
United Partners for Puerto Rico Decolonization invites the public to be part of the tsunami of people that will be necessary to make the US government comply with the UN resolutions. These annual protests in Puerto Rico and at the UN are absolutely necessary, because, those who maintain colonies, don’t believe in justice for all!
José M López Sierra
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