June 10, 2000 International Tribunal for
U.S./NATO warcrimes in Yugoslavia

Schedule and presentations

 

Part I: Crimes against peace. (11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Sara Flounders, co-director of the International Action Center and co-prosecutor of the tribunal, introduced NATO's crimes against peace.

Our first witness is Lenora Foerstel (Maryland) of Women for Mutual Security. She has recently edited a book, War, Lies and Videotape, about the control of the media.

Jared Israel (Massachusetts), produced a film called Judgement showing how the corporate media distorted a picture to produce a Big Lie.  

Jean Hatton (Great Britain), from the anti-war movement in Britain. Spoke of how massacre stories were used to justify the war.  

Christopher Black (Canada), one of a group of Canadian attorney’s who filed a suit charging NATO with war crimes at what is called the International Criminal Court for the Former Yugoslavia at the Hague. Speaks on ICFTY, how the Hague Tribunal was a part of the preparation for war.

Monica Moorehead (U.S.) of Millions for Mumia and contributing editor to Workers World newspaper, an expert on the prison-industrial complex in the United States.  

Michel Collon, (Belgium) author of two books on the Balkans, Liar’s Poker, and Monopoly; and contributor to the weekly newspaper, Solidaire, on the geo-political aims of the war, the Caspian pipelines.

Kadouri Al Kaysi an Iraqi American who has organized to expose the impact of sanctions on Iraq.  

Stratis Kounias, vice-president of the Greek Committee for Peace and Professor at the University of Athens on NATO’s role in Greece and the Greek anti-war movement.

John Catalinotto (New York), journalist and researcher who has represented the International Action Center at tribunals in Vienna and Belgrade, on Washington’s premeditated plan regarding NATO and the attack on Yugoslavia.

Roland Keith (Canada), a monitor for the Observer Mission that was supposed to maintain the peace in Kosovo in 1998, before the war, on the real role of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Observer mission in Kosovo and Metohija.

Preston Wood (California), who participated in hearings in Novi Sad and who organized opposition to the war in Los Angeles, especially in the Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Trans community to present to the tribunal the truth about the supposed massacre in Racak, Kosovo, used to justify the attack on Yugoslavia.

Richard Becker (California), who has written and spoken extensively on the role of the talks held in Rambouillet, France in February and March 1999. Rambouillet ultimatum as provocation.  

Gregor Kneussel (Austria), from the Austrian tribunal about the role of Constitutionally neutral Austria regarding Yugoslavia and in delivering this NATO ultimatum.

Part II. War Crimes & Crimes Against Humanity  

Gloria La Riva, Prosecutor (California), used the video she produced, NATO Targets, to show how the U.S./NATO bombs hit civilian targets, from hospitals to bridges to factories.  

Sarah Sloan (New York), IAC Commission of Inquiry researcher on NATO claim it tried to minimize damage to civilian facilities in Yugoslavia. She used a March 15, 2000 Newsweek article that exposed that NATO hit very few military targets.  

Ellen Catalinotto (New York) is a midwife who has delivered over 1,200 babies to mostly poor women in the New York City. She also cares for HIV infected women and is involved in research on ways to prevent the transmission of HIV from pregnant women to their babies. She reported on NATO’s bombing of 33 hospitals including damage to the maternity ward at Dragisa Micovic hospital in Belgrade.  

Prof. Ivan Yatsenko (Russia), former Soviet officer and foreign representative, now teaches law in Moscow. He described damage to Yugoslav industrial infrastructure and how it cost a half-million jobs.  

Admiral Elmar Schmaehling (Germany), former admiral and leading spokesperson for the German tribunal movement. He spoke on the aggressive posture of NATO since the collapse of the USSR and its illegal attack on Yugoslavia.  

Judi Cheng (New Jersey), IAC researcher. She showed how unreasonable it was to believe that the bombing of Chinese embassy in Belgrade was an accident.  

Dr. Janet Eaton (Canada), biologist and environment expert Dr. Janet Eaton to the stand, on destruction of the environment in Yugoslavia, especially the damage from attacks on the petrochemical plant at Pancevo and other industrial targets.  

Dr. Carlo Pona (Italy) A physicist who attended a conference in Belgrade about depleted uranium and has written about this subject, Pona explained why DU is dangerous to humans and how it was used in Yugoslavia.

Fulvio Grimaldi (Italy), video maker and journalist. Grimaldi, who has just completed edited a film on sanctions in Iraq and Yugoslavia, described the combined impact of impact of bombing and sanctions on the population of Yugoslavia.  

Deirdre Griswold (New York) has recently visited sites of U.S. war crimes in south Korea, is editor in chief of Workers World newspaper. She spoke about the pattern of criminal conduct of the U.S. military and how the 1950 war crimes led to a continuing 50-year occupation of Korea.  

Shani Rifati (Roma), originally from the Romani community in Kosovo, publishes an English-language newsletter about Romani affairs named Voice of Roma. He spoke of the horrors the Roma people faced in Kosovo under K-FOR and KLA occupation.  

Milos Raickovich Serb-American composer and anti-war activist, spoke on the destruction of churches and cultural sites in occupied Kosovo and Metohija.  

Professor Michel Chossudovsky (Canada), an expert historian and economist, showed the role of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army and its ties to U.S. and German intelligence services, ties to NATO and the United Nations Rep. Bernard Kouchner.  

Scott Taylor (Canada), former soldier, who now publishes the Ottawa-based magazine, Espirit de Corps, celebrated for its unflinching scrutiny of the Canadian military. He also appears regularly in the Canadian media as a military analyst. He witnessed the expulsion of the Serb population from the Krajina in Croatia by an army led by KLA General Ceku.  

Professor Barry Lituchy (New York), who has recently returned from a trip to Yugoslavia, described how the NATO occupying forces known as K-FOR have participated in expelling parts of the population from Kosovo.  

Professor Greg Elich (United States), has recently visited the Balkans. He spoke on the un-humanitarian nature of . NATO’s occupation of Kosovo.  

Gilles Troude (France), on the editorial board of Balkans-Info, a pro-Yugoslavia, anti-NATO monthly published in Paris, France since 1996. He described France’s role in the war and in suppressing dissent at home.  

Professor Jorge Cadima (Portugal), a regular contributor on NATO-related subjects to to Avante, the weekly newspaper of the Portuguese Communist Party, spoke on the role of NATO in Portugal since 1949 and on popular resistance to the war.  

5:30-6:15 Messages of solidarity and struggle

Ismael Guadalupe (Puerto Rico) The Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques on the relationship of Vieques to Yugoslavia. He showed how the U.S. used Vieques for target practice to prepare for the war against Yugoslavia, and they do so for all foreign aggression.

Representative of Cuban Interest Section, spoke on Cuba’s suit against U.S. for the costs of the embargo.  

UN Ambassador Jovanovic of Yugoslavia, gave evidence of his own government’s charges against the U.S. and NATO for war crimes. His talk was in fact a summary of much of the day’s proceedings.  Brian Becker, co-director of the IAC, spoke on the need to form a worldwide movement to abolish NATO.

Ramsey Clark reiterated some of the main points developed during the day and stressed the need to come to a unified conclusion that would find NATO guilty over a broad spectrum of charges—the 19 charges included in the original indictment—and lead to a struggle to abolish NATO.

Part III -- Closing Section  

6:15-6:30 International Campaign against NATO--Brian Becker, IAC codirector.

6:30-6:50--Summation of prosecution’s case to the judges -- Ramsey Clark

7:00-7:45 Judges render their decision.

Additonal Testimony: Stan Goff


 

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