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NATO war crimes: Ramsay Clark / Russian investigations
International Action Center -
11 Jun 1999
U.S./NATO WAR CRIMES WILL BE SUBJECT OF COMMISSION OF INQUIRY HEARING IN NEW YORK CITY ON JULY 31, 1999
A Commission of Inquiry for an International War Crimes Tribunal has been initiated by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark. Mr. Clark is the chairperson of the International Action Center. The Commission of Inquiry will hold hearings to collect eyewitness, direct, and expert testimony, video footage, photographs, documents, and other evidence as part of an investigation into crimes against peace, crimes against humanity, and war crimes committed during the U.S./NATO bombing war against Yugoslavia.
The Commission of Inquiry will include international jurists, human rights activists, trade unionists, medical personnel, environmental experts, rank-and-file soldiers from NATO countries, and people who have been in Yugoslavia during the bombing.
Mr. Clark is in the process of outlining a multi-point indictment of the U.S. government's conduct in the war against Yugoslavia. This indictment will serve as the basis of the Commission's work.
We are now in the process of organizing similar hearings throughout the United States, in other NATO countries, in Russia, and elsewhere. At the conclusion of these hearings, there will be convened an International War Crimes Tribunal that will consider all of the evidence.
We are now assembling an international research team and will be dispatching investigators and researchers wherever evidence can be collected.
The July 31 Commission of Inquiry hearing will take place at the Fashion Institute of Technology campus in New York City. We are urging anti-war activists to come to New York that weekend to participate in the Commission of Inquiry hearing and to join us in a national organizers' planning conference that will prepare the work of the Commission of Inquiry in cities throughout the United States.
20 Russian MPs to investigate NATO crimes in Yugoslavia. http://www.tass.ru/english/template3.htm?id=64909
MOSCOW, June 9 (Itar-Tass) - The Russian State Duma passed a draft resolution on Wednesday which says that 20 lawmakers will make up an adhoc commission to investigate "the crimes committed during the aggression of the North Atlantic Alliance against Yugoslavia".
The commission has to submit the results of investigation by December 1, 1999. It is to collect and analyse information, cooperate with government agencies and also "interact with the International tribunal for legal persecution of those responsible for serious violations of the international humanitarian law committed on the territory of the former Yugoslavia since 1991".
Earlier the Duma passed a resolution on the creation of such a commission which said that the "undeclared NATO war against Yugoslavia results in numerous civilian casualties, the elimination of the industrial and transport infrastructure, communication and life-supporting systems".
"NATO actions are a rude violation of the generally accepted principles and norms of the international law. NATO aggression against Yugoslavia should be viewed as a military crime and its leadership should be punished for the crime", the resolution said.
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