Program: First Hearing of the Independent
Commission of Inquiry to Investigate U.S./NATO War Crimes
Against the People of Yugoslavia


July 31, 1999 • New York City

[We are preparing transcripts of as many speeches and papers as possible from the Initial Hearing; watch this page for links to individual names] 


10:00 am - 11:00 am Opening Plenary

11:15 am - 1:00 pm Panel Discussions

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch in the Hall

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Panel Discussions

3:45 pm - 6:00 pm Closing Plenary featuring Ramsey Clark



Opening Plenary: The Case for an Independent War Crimes Tribunal

Moderator: Sara Flounders, International Action Center


David Jacobs, attorney, Canadian lawyers group

Michel Chossudovsky, economist and author

Roland Keith, OSCE monitor in Kosovo

Monica Moorehead, Workers World newspaper and Mumia Awareness Week introducing a taped message from Mumia Abu-Jamal

Dr. Saeed Hasan, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Iraq to the UN



Panel Discussions

The following five panel discussions will be held simultaneously in the morning and then repeated again in the afternoon.

Panel 1. War Crimes: Violations of International and U.S. Law

Moderators: Ruba Fakhoury & Milos Petrovic

David Jacobs, attorney, Canadian lawyers group

John Kim, attorney, Veterans for Peace (NYC)

Ulrich Dost, attorney, German lawyers group

Barry Lituchy, Director, Jasenovic Research Institute

Gloria Rubac, Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty


Panel 2. War Crimes: The Targeting of Civilians & Environmental Destruction

Moderator: Gloria La Riva, International Action Center—San Francisco

Prof. Michael Mandel, York University Law School, Canadian lawyers group

Sladjana Dankovic, Investigator, Commission of Inquiry (Washington, D.C.)

Tamara Bedic, attorney

John Catalinotto, Co-editor of Depleted Uranium: Metal of Dishonor


Panel 3. Conspiracy: The Planning and Preparation for War

Moderator: Pat Chin

Roland Keith, OSCE monitor in Kosovo

Michel Chossudovsky, economist and author

Lenore Foerstel, author

Bill Doares, International Action Center

Shani Rifati, Roma activist from Kosovo

Frank Kovac

Sara Flounders, International Action Center


Panel 4. War, Lies, and Videotape: The Role of the Media

Moderator: Deirdre Sinnott

Michael Parenti, author

Vondora Jordan, Workfairness

Karen Talbot, International Center for Peace and Justice

Herb Foerstel, author

Heather Cottin, Serbian-Jewish Friendship Committee


Panel 5. The Crime of Occupation: From Bosnia & Kosovo to Congo, Haiti and Vieques

Moderator: Sarah Sloan

Gregory Elich, Journalist and Researcher

Elombe Brath, Patrice Lumumba Coalition

Maude Le Blanc, Haiti Progres

Jane Cutter, International Action Center—Ann Arbor

Kani, Kurdish American Information Center

Freddie Marrero and Carlos Rovira, Vieques Support Campaign

Will Harrell, Representative of International Association of Democratic Lawyers
Statement of International Association of Democratic Lawyers



Final Plenary: The Indictment of William Clinton and Others for War Crimes


Moderator: Brian Becker, International Action Center

Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general, reading of the indictment

Felix Wilson, Cuban Interests Section

Dr. Sapphire Mann Ahmed, International Health Care Activist

Gloria La Riva, editor of "NATO Targets"


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