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  • Hague tribunal should be phased out: Russia

    07/10/2008 6:04:36 AM PDT · by Abathar · 8 replies · 80+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 07/10/08 | Guy Faulconbridg
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Thursday the United Nations war crimes tribunal in the Hague was biased and its activities should be phased out as soon as possible. ADVERTISEMENT Russia's Foreign Ministry said the case of Bosnian Muslim wartime commander Naser Oric, whose conviction was overturned by the court, showed the tribunal lacked impartiality. "The tribunal's decision simply confirms the necessity for the immediate realization of the already approved strategy to phase out its activities," the foreign ministry said in a statement. Oric's conviction of failing to stop the murder of Serbs near the enclave of Srebrenica early in...
  • Mexico asks World Court to halt U.S. executions

    06/19/2008 10:31:46 AM PDT · by SmithL · 63 replies · 61+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | 6/19/8 | Emma Thomasson
    THE HAGUE - Mexico asked the World Court on Thursday to take urgent steps to stop imminent U.S. executions of five Mexicans on death row who were denied their rights to consular assistance. One of the five, Jose Medellin, is due to die on August 5 in Texas, which is poised to set execution dates for the others. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague ruled in 2004 that the United States had violated international law by failing to inform 51 Mexicans now on death row of their right to consular assistance and said the cases should be...
  • Mexico Demands World Court Intercede in American Judicial System

    06/07/2008 12:48:21 PM PDT · by mondoreb · 21 replies · 168+ views
    DBKP ^ | June 7, 2008 | LBG
    Mexico, who allows hundred of thousands of its citizens ("immigrants") to illegally cross over into the United States each year, has shown its "compassionate" side. The Mexican government has appealed to the World Court to "take urgent measures" to get the U.S. to stay all executions of Mexicans on Death Row in American jails. Amazingly, President Bush had already agreed with the World Court back in 2004. The court, which resides at the Hague in the Netherlands, ruled that the trials of some 50 Mexicans on Death Row were in violation of the 1963 Vienna Convention. It was then that...
  • Mexico asks World Court to stay executions in US

    06/05/2008 1:05:45 PM PDT · by SmithL · 59 replies · 86+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/5/8 | ARTHUR MAX, Associated Press Writer
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Mexico appealed to the U.N.'s highest court Thursday to block the executions of Mexicans in the United States, arguing U.S. officials have failed to comply with a judgment ordering a review of their trials. The International Court of Justice said Mexico asked the court for an "interpretation" of an earlier ruling to clarify its meaning when it asked the U.S. to "review and reconsider" the cases of the condemned prisoners. Until that can be done, Mexico said the United States "must take any and all steps necessary" to ensure that none of its citizens is executed,...
  • Medellin (and Bush) v. Texas

    10/15/2007 11:27:27 AM PDT · by Delacon · 28 replies · 43+ views
    Human Events ^ | 10/15/2007 ET | Andrew C. McCarthy
    So see if you can follow this. George W. Bush, the imperial president of left-wing lampoon, orders his National Security Agency to intercept enemy communications without judicial warrants -- something the courts have repeatedly ruled presidents have inherent authority to do -- and the left decries the purportedly criminal sundering of our Constitution. Yet, the same George W. Bush issues a diktat declaring unto himself the power to rewrite state law and command state judges -- authority no president has ever had in our federalist system of divided powers -- and the left falls silent, and least when its shock...
  • Death Penalty Case Puts Bush and Texas at Odds Over Mexican's Fate

    10/07/2007 3:48:59 AM PDT · by ShadowDancer · 94 replies · 3,075+ views
    ClickonDetroit ^ | October 7, 2007 | AP
    Death Penalty Case Puts Bush and Texas at Odds Over Mexican's FateSunday, October 07, 2007 WASHINGTON — President Bush, who presided over 152 executions as governor of Texas, wants to halt the state's execution of a Mexican national for the brutal killing of two teenage girls. The case of Jose Ernesto Medellin has become a confusing test of presidential power that the U.S. Supreme Court, which hears the case this week, ultimately will sort out. The president wants to enforce a decision by the International Court of Justice that found the convictions of Medellin and 50 other Mexican-born prisoners violated...
  • Lebanon: We will sue Israel in Hague

    08/01/2006 10:36:30 AM PDT · by Alouette · 87 replies · 2,485+ views
    YNet ^ | Aug. 1, 2006 | Roee Nahmias
    Lebanese minister of justice states that Israel's attacks constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity, and wonders how pictures of Qana did not bring about ceasefire. Red Cross publishes that 28 corpses evacuated from Qana, contrary to Lebanese reports that 57 people were killed Lebanon is planning to file a lawsuit against Israel in the International Criminal Court. Tuesday, Lebanese Minister of Justice Charles Rizk made a written petition to the Lebanese Prime Minister, Fouad Siniora, asking him to bring up the issue in the next meeting of the Lebanese cabinet, so that the prime minister will be able to collect...
  • The War for the World

    06/30/2006 11:46:10 AM PDT · by inpajamas · 8 replies · 870+ views
    http://netwmd.com/blog/2006/06/29/685#more-685 ^ | 06-30-2006 | Randy A. Sprinkle
    The War for the WorldThroughout history there have been many wars in diverse places and as knowledge increased the inventions of man made them deadlier, so deadly that in this modern age of advanced technologies war has become unthinkable - almost. The last century also brought many wars and conflicts including World War I. Referred to as “The Great War” it was to be “the war to end all wars” or as the French would say; “la der des der“(the last of the last). But time has a way of resetting itself and history of replaying itself. It would be...
  • Why insist on Mladic's arrest?

    05/12/2006 6:17:13 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 57 replies · 693+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | Friday May 12, 2006 | Timothy William Walters
    I don't think Europe should insist on arresting Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb general accused of war crimes. That's hardly the side of the debate one wants to be assigned, because Mladic - described as the engineer of ethnic cleansing at Srebrenica and Sarajevo in the 1990s - should be arrested and handed over to the United Nations' war crimes tribunal. But why might it not be a good idea for Europe to insist on it? There are good arguments for linking Serbia's entry into the European Union to Mladic's arrest, but the union isn't making them. Instead....
  • Free Republic Exclusive: Dan Rather, Mike Wallace, and the Third Serb

    03/12/2006 8:51:15 PM PST · by Southack · 21 replies · 1,107+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 3/12/2006 | self
    The Three Serbs After Europe criticized the U.S. for its treatment of war prisoners at Gitmo (where no terrorist ever died), 2 Serb war-crimes prisoners died in European jails in the same week (one was denied medical care). The first to die was Milan Babic. The second to die after his request for medical care was denied was Slobodan Milosevic. Most of the world will yawn or cheer these developments, of course. But there is a 3rd Serb who is currently being railroaded by the same EU officials, along with some left-wing American help. Years ago, CBS's Dan Rather sent...
  • World Court asked to decide if a country can be guilty of genocide

    02/26/2006 6:26:40 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 27 replies · 773+ views
    Associated Press | February 26, 2006
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Generals and politicians have been convicted of genocide, but the UN's highest court will consider Monday whether a country - in this case Serbia - can be guilty of humanity's worst crime. The stakes potentially include billions of dollars and history's judgment. Thirteen years after Bosnia filed the case with the International Court of Justice, its lawyers will lay out their lawsuit against Serbia and Montenegro - the successor state for the defunct Yugoslavia - charging it with a premeditated attempt to destroy Bosnia's Muslim population, in whole or part. "Not since the end...
  • War on Terror Smokescreen Created By The Ultimate Terrorist, US: Observer (Barf Alert Level Red)

    07/15/2002 4:54:28 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 1,235+ views
    Islam Online ^ | July 15 2002
    Disclaimer: Reading this following article can be dangerous to your health. People with a heart condition should not attempt to read it. Also do not attempt to drive or operate heavy machinery. Do NOT open windows, but rather us a bucket to vomit. Opening the window may result in jumping out of it after reading several passages. LONDON, July 15 (IslamOnline & News Agencies) - Following the attack by U.S. author Gore Vidal on U.S. President George W. Bush’s so-called war on terror, John Pilger launched yet another attack in his book ‘The New Rulers of the World.’ “The rulers...
  • The Communist Takeover of America: 45 Declared Goals (Congressional Record, 1963)

    01/20/2006 6:03:31 AM PST · by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard · 48 replies · 14,452+ views
    Communist Goals (1963) Congressional Record--Appendix, pp. A34-A35 January 10, 1963 Current Communist Goals EXTENSION OF REMARKS OF HON. A. S. HERLONG, JR. OF FLORIDA IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Thursday, January 10, 1963   Mr. HERLONG. Mr. Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Nordman of De Land, Fla., is an ardent and articulate opponent of communism, and until recently published the De Land Courier, which she dedicated to the purpose of alerting the public to the dangers of communism in America. At Mrs. Nordman's request, I include in the RECORD, under unanimous consent, the following "Current Communist Goals," which she identifies as an...
  • US defends use of white phosphorus

    11/16/2005 2:29:39 PM PST · by thegreatbeast · 28 replies · 949+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | 11/16/2005 | Will Dunham
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Wednesday acknowledged using incendiary white-phosphorus munitions in a 2004 offensive against insurgents in the Iraqi city of Falluja and defended their use as legal, amid concerns by arms control advocates. ADVERTISEMENT Army Lt. Col. Barry Venable, a Pentagon spokesman, said the U.S. military had not used the highly flammable weapons against civilians, contrary to an Italian state television report this month that stated the munitions were used against men, women and children in Falluja who were burned to the bone.
  • Hariri's son wants killers to face international court

    10/22/2005 11:10:34 AM PDT · by cloud8 · 6 replies · 226+ views
    Reuters via boston.com ^ | October 22, 2005 | By Nadim Ladki
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - The son of slain former Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri's Rafik al-Hariri called on Saturday for an international court to punish his killers as pressure mounted on Syria after a damning U.N. probe into the murder. The United States is working to arrange a quick high-level U.N. Security Council meeting to consider a response to the investigation that implicated senior Syrian officials in the February 14 assassination.
  • INTERNATIONAL COURT AT THE HAGUE INDICTS JOURNALISTS (More International Legal Terrorism)

    10/01/2005 10:27:53 AM PDT · by Al Simmons · 2 replies · 351+ views
    Institute for War and Peace Reporting ^ | 10/1/2005 | Janet Anderson
    Contempt Charges Baffle Croatian Media Case of journalists indicted for contempt provokes debate about confidentiality. By Janet Anderson in The Hague (TU No 423, 30-Sep-05) A case involving a number of Croatian journalists charged by the tribunal with contempt of court is baffling the media in Croatia and has thrown up questions about the publication of confidential information. The charges against three journalists and the publisher of a newspaper in Croatia concern the identity of a protected witness who testified in the case of Tihomir Blaskic – a senior Croatian general – at The Hague seven years ago. While the...
  • US Supreme Court May Not Decide Case of Death-Row Mexican

    05/24/2005 7:56:48 AM PDT · by SeenTheLights Mom · 3 replies · 273+ views
    Banderas News ^ | May 24th | James Vicini - Reuters
    US Supreme Court May Not Decide Case of Death-Row Mexican - James Vicini - Reuters In a decision on March 31, 2004, the World Court in The Hague said the United States should review the cases of the 51 Mexican death-row inmates, because U.S. officials failed to tell them of their right under the Vienna Convention to promptly consult consular officers after their arrests. Jose Medellin, (above) who is on death row in Texas, was denied the right to meet a consular officer from Mexico after his arrest for murder. US Supreme Court justices questioned the need to decide the...
  • Milosevic witness says not guilty of contempt (how the UN World Court works)

    05/08/2005 11:40:40 PM PDT · by Destro · 6 replies · 389+ views
    alertnet.org ^ | 06 May 2005 08:32:40 GMT | Reuters
    Milosevic witness says not guilty of contempt 06 May 2005 08:32:40 GMT Source: Reuters AMSTERDAM, May 6 (Reuters) - A defence witness for Slobodan Milosevic pleaded not guilty on Friday to a charge of contempt of court after he refused to testify when the former Yugoslav president was ill last month. Kosta Bulatovic, a Kosovo Serb leader, refused last month to be cross-examined by prosecutors without Milosevic in court, prompting the three-judge panel to charge him with contempt. Bulatovic pleaded not guilty on Friday in a webcast of the hearing. The contempt charge carries a maximum sentence of seven years...
  • Free-trade pact a threat to U.S. sovereignty?

    04/28/2005 5:47:45 PM PDT · by joesnuffy · 5 replies · 359+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 28, 2005 | Ron Strom
    Thursday, April 28, 2005 THE NEW WORLD DISORDER Free-trade pact a threat to U.S. sovereignty? Activists hammers idea to expand NAFTA throughout Americas Posted: April 28, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern By Ron Strom © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com Opposition is fierce, at least online, to the creation of the Free Trade Area of the Americas, with detractors saying such an agreement between Western Hemisphere nations would mean an end to U.S. sovereignty. First proposed in 1994, the pact would enlarge NAFTA, the North America Free Trade Agreement, to include all of the nations of the Americas except Cuba. FTAA supporters say the...
  • Hollywood Promotes International Criminal Court - (more leftist propaganda from moviemakers)

    04/25/2005 1:52:19 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 13 replies · 612+ views
    A.I.M.ORG ^ | APRIL 25, 2005 | CLIFF KINCAID
    Hollywood has come to the rescue of the United Nations. The new film, "The Interpreter," is political propaganda designed to boost the image of the United Nations and make the U.S. look bad for opposing the International Criminal Court. Most reviews have focused on the part of the plot involving an evil African leader, President Zawani, who is accused of genocide and travels to the U.N. in New York for a speech and is the target of an assassination plot. But the political dimension of the plot involves the opposition by the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. to his trial...
  • US claims 'precedent-setting' victory on Darfur tribunal vote (you gotta love the spin on this one!)

    04/10/2005 12:19:06 PM PDT · by TapTheSource · 6 replies · 381+ views
    AFP (Via Yahoo) ^ | April 1, 2005
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States claimed a "precedent-setting" victory in a UN resolution to try war crimes from Sudan's Darfur region in the International Criminal Court opposed by Washington. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns said the administration agreed to using the tribunal in The Hague only after winning tighter exemptions for Americans from the possibility of prosecution. The UN Security council ended weeks of deadlock late Thursday and voted 11-0 to refer prosecutions from the two-year-old Darfur conflict to the ICC. The United States abstained along with Algeria, Brazil and China. The United States has branded...
  • Supreme Court to hear death penalty case of Mexican national

    12/10/2004 8:10:25 PM PST · by Pikamax · 33 replies · 634+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 12/10/04 | ALLEN PUSEY
    <p>WASHINGTON - (KRT) - The U.S. Supreme Court invited world opinion into its consideration of capital punishment Friday, accepting the case of a Mexican national sentenced to death in Texas for his part in the rape and murder of two teenage girls.</p>
  • Congress Moves to Shield U.S. Personnel From World Court

    11/27/2004 7:59:17 AM PST · by Happy2BMe · 23 replies · 1,996+ views
    Congress has threatened to cut economic aid to governments that refuse to sign immunity accords shielding U.S. personnel from being surrendered to the International Criminal Court, the Washington Post reports. A provision inserted into a $338 billion government spending bill for 2005 would bar the transfer of assistance money from the $2.52 billon economic support fund to any government "that is a party" to the criminal court but "has not entered into an agreement with the United States" to bar legal proceedings against U.S. personnel, says the Post. The congressional cuts would not affect 96 countries that have signed immunity...
  • Republicans In Threat To Block Overseas Aid (ICC)

    11/26/2004 8:12:48 PM PST · by blam · 25 replies · 802+ views
    The Telegraph(UK) ^ | 11-27-2004 | David Rennie
    Republicans in threat to block overseas aid By David Rennie in Washington (Filed: 27/11/2004) Republicans in the United States Congress have moved to block hundreds of millions of pounds in economic aid to foreign nations, unless they agree to shield American personnel and troops from any possible prosecution by the International Criminal Court. The economic threat was slipped, almost unnoticed, into a giant, £200 billion spending bill for 2005. Republicans are concerned that American personnel or even political leaders might find themselves dragged into politically motivated prosecutions before the ICC, an international court established by treaty in 1998 to hear...
  • Kerry's Support For The ICC

    10/05/2004 1:24:04 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 336+ views
    Something to Yak About - Kerry's Support For The ICC John Kerry has been attacking the president over his remarks last week about the senator's support for the International Criminal Court. But the criticism seems to be at odds with the facts. The Boston Globe Tuesday reports Kerry told the left-wing group Peace Action, "I support US participation in the International Criminal Court," further telling The Globe in a written statement, "I will not continue the obsessive and self-defeating campaign President Bush has waged against the ICC and the close American allies that support it." Kerry's statement to The Globe...
  • U.N., World Court Agree to Cooperate

    10/04/2004 5:53:25 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 10 replies · 393+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10/404 | EDITH M. LEDERER
    UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the president of the International Criminal Court signed an agreement Monday on the working relationship between the United Nations and world's the first permanent war crimes tribunal. Although the court is an independent judicial institution, it was born out of the U.N. system. The agreement provides a legal basis for a permanent relationship between the two organizations as well as information-sharing and judicial assistance. "I think we've today put on solid legal basis the cooperation between the U.N. and the ICC and I think this is an important step in the development...
  • GeorGe W. Bush Guilty of War Crimes

    09/22/2004 8:50:14 PM PDT · by ExSoldier · 21 replies · 424+ views
    Rapture Ready.com ^ | Sept 22, 2004 | Submitted by "Jack"
    International Criminal Tribunal findings: George W. Bush guilty of war crimesIn the final opinion of the court, Judge Niloufer Bhagwat, rules against Bush. Citing: George Walker Bush, President of the United States and Commander -in-Chief of US military forces for serious crimes; waging a war of aggression on Afghanistan, war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Afghan people, against prisoners of war; and the use of radioactive depleted uranium weapons of mass destruction, against the people of Afghanistan; with serious fall out effects on the military personnel of the United States, UK and other forces deployed; and on countries,...
  • The Moral Low Ground

    07/21/2004 2:56:16 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 6 replies · 473+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 26, 2004 | Max Boot
    Judges from a variety of unsavory regimes complain about Israel's fence.THE WORLD COURT'S ruling that the West Bank barrier is illegal and must be torn down has been greeted in Israel with a giant shrug of the shoulders. The court's opinion is only "advisory," and any attempt by the United Nations to enforce it is sure to be vetoed by the United States. The barrier--which the court tendentiously referred to as "the wall" (most of it is actually a chain-link fence)--will continue to go up. Yet the ruling is not without significance, insofar as it contributes to the growing impression...
  • Outrage at the Hague (Killing children is OK, self-defense is not)

    07/15/2004 6:31:04 PM PDT · by Starve The Beast · 7 replies · 598+ views
    Frontpagemag.org ^ | 7-15/04 | P. David Hornik
    The World Court’s ruling against Israel’s fence reveals that for the UN-EU establishment that it represents, there’s not much Israel can do that would escape condemnation other than lie down and die. Targeted killings of terror masters are out. Military operations in places like Rafah or Jenin are out; they spark media frenzies of alleged massacres and wanton killing of civilians. Demolitions of the homes of suicide bombers—the only thing that can deter people who seek their own death—are out. Even curfews, roadblocks—out; they’re seen as oppressing the Palestinian people. And now the moralists of the World Court have informed...
  • Why Israel Needs a Fence

    07/12/2004 10:26:42 PM PDT · by harrowup · 29 replies · 430+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 13, 2004 | Benjamin Netanyahu
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- July 13, 2004 OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR Why Israel Needs a Fence By BENJAMIN NETANYAHU JERUSALEM — While the advisory finding by the International Court of Justice last week that Israel's barrier in the West Bank is illegal may be cheered by the terrorists who would kill Israeli civilians, it does not change the fact that none of the arguments against the security fence have any merit. First, Israel is not building the fence on territory that under international law can be properly called "Palestinian land." The fence is being built in disputed territories that Israel won in a defensive war...
  • Arab bomb victim backs security barrier

    07/12/2004 5:36:00 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 1 replies · 285+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 7/12/04 | Aaron Klein
    Sammi Masrawa, a 29-year-old Arab Israeli wounded in yesterday's Tel Aviv bus bombing, told reporters from his hospital bed that he now supports the West Bank security fence that the International Court of Justice claims is "illegal." "A month ago I went to protest the fence," Sammi said, "Now I believe it can only strengthen us." The bombing came just two days after the world court ruled that the barrier breaches international law and must be dismantled. The U.S. and many European countries argued that the world court was not the appropriate venue for a legal discussion of Israeli security...
  • Sharon blames world court for bus bombing

    07/12/2004 5:30:51 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 5 replies · 366+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 7/12/04 | Aaron Klein
    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said yesterday's bus bombing in Tel Aviv, which killed one woman and injured 20 others, was a consequence of the world court's ruling Friday that Israel's security fence is illegal and must be dismantled. "The murderous act this morning is the first that occurred to the credit of the decision of the world court at the Hague," Sharon said. "The decision sends a destructive message to encourage the terror and denounces countries that are defending themselves against it." He called the ruling a "slap in the face" to Israel's fight against Palestinian militants and said...
  • Israel's wall : Why the World Court got its barrier decision wrong

    07/11/2004 6:00:58 PM PDT · by Tamar1973 · 9 replies · 501+ views
    The Pres Democrat ^ | July 11,2004 | Press Democrat Editorial Staff
    Walls are a poor substitute for peace. But as Israel's new 425-mile barricade that's separating Jewish settlements from Occupied Palestinian Territory, has shown, they work as a substitute for bloodshed. Israeli officials point out that not one Palestinian suicide bomber has crossed into the Jewish state wherever the barrier -- now 25 percent complete -- has been constructed. The need for reparations is indisputable. The wall has resulted in the loss of private property, the loss of livelihoods and the loss of quality of life for many Palestinian families. As the court correctly noted, the wall "severely impedes the exercise...
  • Israel PM slams WC-Palestinians hold UN resolution push until after US elections

    07/11/2004 12:07:31 PM PDT · by windchime · 14 replies · 377+ views
    Herald Sun (Australia) ^ | 7/12/04 | Yoav Lemmer
    PRIME Minister Ariel Sharon has lashed out at a world court ruling against Israel's West Bank barrier after Palestinian militants carried out their first deadly attack inside Israel in months. ........ "It is not without reason that the Palestinians are fighting against construction of the fence. They are well aware that completion of the fence will make it very difficult for them to continue with their acts of murder." ........ The Palestinians meanwhile decided to hold off pushing for a UN resolution against the barrier until after November's US presidential elections. "We decided that it was not wise now to...
  • Michael Savage radio program says Bush turning Abu G. military personel over to World Court.

    06/23/2004 5:04:14 PM PDT · by BriarBey · 145 replies · 768+ views
    Husband listening to radio on way home from work. | 6/23/04 | BriarBey
    I know the Mods. will move this, but my husband come in very upset and I feel the same. Has anyone heard anything about this? Michael Savage is ranting about Bush turning our military personel from Abu. G. over to the world court. He does that and he has lost our vote.
  • Annan slams war crime exemption

    06/17/2004 3:35:27 PM PDT · by tvn · 18 replies · 179+ views
    BBC ^ | June 16, 2004 | BBC Staff
    Annan slams war crime exemption The UN secretary general has urged the Security Council not to renew an exemption from prosecution for US troops on UN peacekeeping duties. Kofi Annan said the exemption, passed for two years running and due to expire on 30 June, would discredit the UN's claim to represent the rule of law. America fears its troops could be prosecuted on war crimes charges for political reasons. Mr Annan said abuses in Iraq made the issue particularly relevant. INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT Treaty creating ICC signed by 139 states, ratified by 94 Nations not to have ratified include...
  • U.S., Mexican presidents discuss world court ruling on death penalty, U.N. vote on Cuba

    04/18/2004 11:05:54 AM PDT · by inquest · 3 replies · 317+ views
    MEXICO CITY – U.S. President George W. Bush called Mexico's president early Tuesday to discuss the recent International Court of Justice ruling that the United States violated the rights of more than 50 Mexicans on death row. The seven-minute conversation, part of the two leaders' mutual promise to stay in close contact, also included discussions about an upcoming U.N. vote on human rights in Cuba, and reforms to the North American Development Bank. Mexican President Vicente Fox has pushed to make the United Nations stronger, so that it can help resolve international disputes. The International Court of Justice, also known...
  • Redefining national sovereignty: Henry Lamb warns of U.N.'s goal to negate self-determination

    04/16/2004 10:56:44 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 5 replies · 200+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Saturday, April 17, 2004 | Henry Lamb
    Responding to a constituent's request to oppose the Law of the Seas Treaty, Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., told his constituent that the treaty did not surrender national sovereignty. When pressed for an explanation of the Senator's claim, when Article 2(3) clearly says that "sovereignty over the territorial sea is exercised subject to this Convention ...," the senator's staff said, "We'll have to get back to you on that." After three phone calls over seven days, Myron Nordquist responded, not to speak for the senator, but as an adviser to the senator. He says that Article 2(3) does not surrender national...
  • Justice Denied (The International Criminal Court is even worse than its critics have said)

    04/04/2004 3:22:04 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 21 replies · 322+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 12/ 19, 2004 | Michael Chertoff
    IN THE LITANY OF CRITICISM of American foreign policy, one refrain is constant. Americans are accused of showing contempt for international law and the international community by challenging the newly ratified International Criminal Court. Nongovernmental organizations in particular have accused the United States of placing itself above the law by refusing to submit to, and actively campaigning against, ICC jurisdiction. In response, U.S. policymakers have argued that the ICC is a permanent, unaccountable, supranational legal establishment that could put American officials and military personnel at risk of a politicized prosecution for vaguely defined international crimes. Under any view, the ICC...
  • Court Tells U.S. to Review Mexican Death Row Cases

    03/31/2004 12:31:00 PM PST · by kennedy · 21 replies · 293+ views
    FindLaw.com ^ | March 31, 2004 | Paul Gallagher
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (Reuters) - The World Court on Wednesday ordered the United States to review the cases of 51 Mexicans on death row because it had failed to inform them of their right to talk to consular officials shortly after their arrests. The Mexicans, on death row in more than half a dozen states including California, Texas and Oklahoma, should have their convictions and sentences reviewed by U.S. courts because their rights had been breached, the U.N.'s top court ruled. Mexico brought a case at the International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court, last year in...
  • Israel To Tear Down Part of W. Bank Barrier - Official

    02/21/2004 6:08:21 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 14 replies · 126+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/21/04 | staff
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will begin tearing down part of a barrier being built in the West Bank on the eve of World Court hearings over the legality of the controversial project, Israeli officials said on Saturday. Work to remove an eight km (five mile) section of the barrier near the West Bank villages of Baka al-Sharqiya and Zeita would begin on Sunday, Israeli Defense Ministry spokeswoman Rachel Niedak-Ashkenazi told Reuters. She called the timing of the barrier's removal on the eve of the International Court of Justice deliberations a coincidence and said it had been planned for six months....
  • World Court to webcast fence hearing

    02/19/2004 10:59:41 AM PST · by yonif · 6 replies · 175+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb. 19, 2004 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    The International Court of Justice (ICJ) hearing on the Security Fence, to be held from 23 to 25 February 2004 in the Hague, will be broadcast live and in full on the Court's official website (www.icj-cij.org). "The Court has decided to provide video coverage of its hearings on the Internet in response to the exceptional interest in this case shown by the general public, civil society and the media worldwide, and in view of the Court's very limited seating space for members of the public and journalists at the Peace Palace in The Hague," the court's press release said Thursday....
  • Israel to shun World Court barrier hearing [it will go on without Israeli representation]

    02/13/2004 10:14:10 PM PST · by yonif · 16 replies · 142+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu 12 February 2004 | Mark Heinrich
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel says it will not attend a World Court hearing on whether it should tear down a barrier taking in Jewish settlements on occupied West Bank territory that Palestinians want for a state. Israeli officials say the barrier being erected inside the West Bank is meant to keep out suicide bombers and has thwarted dozens of attacks. Palestinians call it a bid to annex land they need for a viable state since it snakes deep into the West Bank. The stalemate underlined the paralysis in Middle East peacemaking and came a day after Israel killed 15 Palestinians...
  • German court acquits 9/11 terror suspect

    02/05/2004 3:16:00 AM PST · by kattracks · 138 replies · 776+ views
    AP | 2/05/04
    The Associated Press 2/5/2004, 5:51 a.m. ET HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — A Hamburg court on Thursday acquitted a Moroccan man accused of helping the Sept. 11 hijackers after a 5 1/2-month trial that was only the second anywhere of a suspect in the attacks. Abdelghani Mzoudi, 31, had no visible reaction as presiding Judge Klaus Ruehle read the verdict to the court, keeping his arms folded and looking down toward the floor. Prosecutors had sought the maximum 15 years in prison on more than 3,000 counts of accessory to murder and membership in a terrorist organization. Last February, similar evidence...
  • Mexico Awaits Hague Ruling on (Mexican) Citizens on U.S. Death Row

    01/18/2004 7:23:46 PM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 15 replies · 136+ views
    http://www.unwatch.com/dn011704.htm ^ | January 16, 2004 | By ADAM LIPTAK
    Mexico Awaits Hague Ruling on (Mexican) Citizens on U.S. Death RowOsbaldo Torres, a convicted murderer on death row in Oklahoma, should have been dead by now, his appeals exhausted, his time up. But because 15 judges in The Hague, acting at the request of the government of Mexico, have forbidden his execution for now, he is alive in a cell in McAlester, awaiting the next move from the Netherlands.Mr. Torres belongs to a subset of death-row inmates at the center of a struggle that has crossed national borders and raised combustible questions about the death penalty, due process, the reach...
  • Decision in executions challenged

    01/17/2004 5:59:56 AM PST · by harpu · 24 replies · 125+ views
    Fort Worth[less] Startlegram ^ | 1/17/04 | John Moritz
    AUSTIN - The decision by the world court to order stays of execution for two condemned killers on Texas' Death Row will have little or no effect, spokeswomen for two of the state's top elected officials said Friday. The International Court of Justice, or world court, in The Hague has granted the Mexican government's request to set aside the executions of three of its citizens -- one in Oklahoma and two in Texas -- because they were not granted the opportunity to speak with Mexican officials when they were arrested. Under a 1963 treaty signed by the United States and...
  • SHOULD SADDAM HUSSEIN BE EXECUTED? ( FREEP ALERT!!! )

    01/16/2004 7:24:44 PM PST · by Robert Drobot · 68 replies · 528+ views
    KQED Public Service ^ | 16 January 2004 | KQED (PBS) San Francisco
    Should Saddam Hussein be executed? Poll being conducted by San Francisco PBS TV station KQED. Know that if you answer YES, you will be asked: Are you sure?....and asked to vote it up or down again. If you vote YES, you will be asked: What if you knew that the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU), and many of the world's spiritual and political leaders are opposed to the death penalty?.....and asked to vote it up or down again. If you vote YES, you will be asked: What if you knew that most international human rights organizations oppose the...
  • World court orders halt to 3 U.S. executions (Oh my God ALERT!)

    01/16/2004 6:10:07 AM PST · by harpu · 90 replies · 634+ views
    Fort Worth[less] Startlegram ^ | 1/16/04 | Adam Liptak (an outsider butthole)
    Osbaldo Torres, a convicted murderer on Oklahoma's Death Row, might have been dead by now -- his appeals exhausted, his time up. But 15 judges in The Hague, acting at the request of the Mexican government, have ordered his execution stayed for now, so he is alive in a cell in McAlester, awaiting the next move from the Netherlands. The judges also ordered stays in the cases of Texas Death Row inmates Cesar Fierro Reyna and Roberto Moreno Ramos, both Mexican citizens. Texas officials' response to the court's order could not be learned Thursday night. Execution dates have not been...
  • Hope fades for Khmer Rouge trial (defendents may walk, yet dopes still demand the UN try Saddam)

    01/09/2004 6:56:57 AM PST · by dead · 2 replies · 249+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | January 10, 2004 | Mark Baker, Herald Correspondent in Phnom Penh
    A deadlock over the formation of a new Cambodian government is threatening to derail plans to try surviving members of Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge regime for genocide and crimes against humanity. More than five months after general elections, the ruling Cambodian People's Party and the two biggest opposition parties are still at loggerheads over the establishment of a coalition government required by the country's constitution. Senior legal officials have warned that unless a political compromise is reached within the next few weeks, plans to start the trial this year of up to 10 former leaders of the regime blamed for...
  • Clark to testify at Tribunal, But U.S. Can Edit Transcripts

    12/15/2003 1:08:54 PM PST · by FloridaGeezer · 5 replies · 225+ views
    NYT | December 14, 2003 | Marlise Simons
    Paris - Washington has agreed that Gen. Wesley K. Clark, the former NATO commander and a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, can testify in the war crimes trial of Slobodan Milosevic. But the Bush administration has demanded the right to edit videotapes and transcripts of the sessions before they are made public.The former opponents, the general and the formal president of Yugoslavia, will face each other in court Monday and Tuesday, but the sessions will be behind closed doors, with the public gallery off limits and minus the usual television and internet broadcasts.Closed sessions are routine at the U.N....