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1999 May 17 Re: request 1999 request for provisional measures by the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in the International for provisional measures by the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in the International Court of Justice Monday May 10, 1999 to Wednesday PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 17 February 2018 20:53

1999 request for provisional measures by the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in the International Court of Justice Monday May 10, 1999 to Wednesday May 13, 1999

By Joan Russow PhD

Global  Compliance Research Project

 

ay 13, 1999• 

From the archives 

 

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I attended the oral presentation in the ICJ in the cases concerning Legality of Use of Force brought by the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia against 10 NATO states.

 

• I was impressed with the meticulous effort of the court to remove any perception of bias. The president of the Court was from the US and was required to step down specifically when the US case was being heard. He decided to step down for the whole hearings. [I note with dismay the lack of this principle within the International Criminal Tribunal on the Former Yugoslavia]

OBSERVATIONS:

- the merit of the questions of law surrounding the “Legality of the Use of Force” and in particular the violation of existing international law by the NATO intervention in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is sufficiently evident as to require respect for the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice

- the oral presentation of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia included presentations by two highly respected specialists in International law including Ian Brownlie Chichele Professor of Public International Law who had previously argued successfully the case of Nicaragua vs the United States,  in1989 and Professor Eric Suy, the former Under-secretary-General and legal Counsel of the United Nations.

 

The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia asked the court for provisional measures to stop NATO bombing of its territory, on the grounds that NATO was engaging in the "illegal use of force". Yugoslavia argued that the NATO countries had violated their international obligations to do the following: not to resort to force against another state; not to intervene in the internal affairs of another state; to protect civilians and civil objects in time of war; to protect the environment; and to follow the ban on the use of prohibited weapons, such as those containing depleted uranium.

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Tackling Inequality – The Myth that Davos Can Change the World PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 05 February 2018 10:16
Thalif Deen For years now, Davos has listed inequality as a major concern, and yet has also noted that it keeps increasing. (Don’t these leaders have any influence?)

US President Donald Trump at the Davos Forum

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 29 2018 (IPS) - When the World Economic Forum (WEF) concluded in Davos, Switzerland last week, the outcome of the annual talk-fest was seemingly predictable—plenty of unrestrained platitudes but, surprisingly, less of the American populist, protectionist rhetoric.

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1991 Draft Proposal to the Royal Society for UN Covenant for the Protection of Ecological rights to be circulated at the UNCED conference in Rio Background at the Learned Societies Conference in Kingston, I was asked to draft for the Royal Society, a draf PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 February 2018 12:17

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By Joan Russow,Doctoral Candidate at the University of Victoria and co-founder of the Ecological Rights Association

(U.N. CHARTER OF MUTUAL INTERDEPENDENCE : DECLARATION FOR THE PREVENTION OF THE STATE OF ECOLOGICAL IRREVERSIBILITY. UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RESPONSIBILITY AND ECOLOGICAL RIGHTS.)

Preamble:

•Whereas researchers from the international community recognize that there is enough scientific information available to indicate that the world is moving towards a state of ecological irreversibility

•Whereas researchers from the international community recognize that "multiple effects resulting from empirical observations are sufficient to justify and demand immediate action"

•Whereas researchers from the international community deem that society has enough information about the pending ecological disasters now that failure to act to address the pending disasters could be construed as [criminal] negligence

•Whereas researchers from the international community recognize that never have so many potential and actual ecological disasters been converging.  The ecological disasters are of "synergy complicity" synergistic proportions.

•Whereas researchers from the international community recognize that not only the actual  and potential impact of independent ecological disasters  warrants urgent attention but also the potential  accumulative and synergistic impact of the converging of these independent ecological disasters requires urgent action The potential accumulative and synergistic impact is   unpredictable, indeterminate and uncertain.  In the face of this  unpredictability, indeterminacy  and uncertainty, caution is deemed to be the only prudent action. " We are into fields where some of us as experts are all groping"  "no one can prove that we have not had significant warning. Caution is of  the essence"

•Whereas a significant segment of the international community  acknowledges that because of the state of urgency  new principles related to ecologically sound human behaviour must be established

•Whereas the international community has enough information about the pending state of ecological irreversibility and about the full complexity and interdependence of the deterioration of the ecosystem that failure to act could be construed as criminal negligence.

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US, Led by an Erratic Trump, Seeks to Undermine UN PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 January 2018 12:52
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US president Donald Trump addressing the UN General Assembly in September 2017. Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 18 2018 (IPS) - The continued erratic and outrageous comments by President Donald Trump – and his attempts to undermine the United Nations – are threatening to cause irreparable damage to the world body.

The signs are ominous: the US withdrawal from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); the threats against member states voting for anti-Israeli resolutions; slashing funds to a 69-year-old UN agency for Palestinian refugees; withdrawal from the 2016 Paris climate change agreement; threats to “totally destroy” a UN member state, North Korea; a US-inspired $285 million reduction in the UN’s regular budget for 2018-2019, and the insidious attempts to wreck the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 February 2018 22:11
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VANCOUVER WOMEN’S FORUM ON PEACE AND SECURITY ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 18:36
 
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VANCOUVER WOMEN’S FORUM ON PEACE AND SECURITY ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA

On January 16, 2018, as Foreign Ministers from twenty nations gather in Vancouver to discuss security and stability on the Korean Peninsula, an international delegation of sixteen women representing feminist peace movements from Asia, Europe and North America will convene in Vancouver to ensure that civil-society perspectives are included in the official talks.

The objective of the women’s peace delegation is to urge the Foreign Ministers to prepare the table for a diplomatic peace process that moves away from war and increased militarization, and towards peace, reconciliation, and genuine security. Through the Vancouver Women’s Forum and other actions, the women delegates will remind government leaders of overwhelming global public opinion that favors a peaceful diplomatic resolution as the only option on the table for resolving the Korean crisis. The outcome of the official summit must support the recent breakthroughs in inter-Korean rapprochement, not derail it.  Read more here.

 

 

 
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Women's Forum on Peace and Security Events 

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR PEACE – JAN 15 – Martin Luther King Day! –  6:30 pm – Art Gallery, 7 pm Convention Centre
https://www.facebook.com/events/198500577370254/permalink/198557274031251/

WITNESS FOR PEACE – JAN 16 – 8 am – East Side of West Convention Centre
https://www.facebook.com/events/167767017328226/permalink/167903273981267/

FORUM FOR PEACE - Wosk Centre for Dialogue, SFU – Jan 16 – 2 - 5 pm, – 3300 - 515 West Hastings Street
https://www.facebook.com/events/149751372412658/
 
Note:
These events are initiated by Women Cross DMZ and supported by VOW, Nobel Women’s Initiative, the United Church of Canada, and WILPF.  If you are in Vancouver, contact Lyn Adamson at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
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Please Sign This Official Petition on the Government's Official Website.


Please take a moment to sign the petition to express the desire for Canada to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons – the nuclear ban treaty that was adopted by 122 nations in July 2017 and opened for signature and ratification on September 20
 
https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1402
 

 
 
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An Olympic Truce - Sign this Petition and More

 
1) Sign this petition calling for an Olympic truce:  https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=13181 .
 
2) Write to elected officials and media outlets to let them know about efforts to de-escalate the threat of war on the Korean peninsula. (Share copies of your letters with Bill Geimer at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .)
 
3) Plan a public vigil or other solidarity action, preferably when the Vancouver meeting is being held.
Send notice of your event to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  so your event can be posted on the VIPDN.org website.
  
Sources:
- Petition to sign: https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=13181 
- Bill Geimer’s article: http://warisacrime.org/2017/08/15/will-koreans-count-this-time/ 
- On Martin Luther King Day: http://www.thekingcenter.org/meaning-king-holiday
- CBC article on upcoming Vancouver meeting: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/rex-tillerson-ottawa-visit-1.4456579
- NYT article on perils of mixing machismo with missiles 
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/05/opinion/security-masculinity-nuclear-weapons.html
  - MLK speech linking militarism, social injustice, spiritual death: 
http://kingencyclopedia.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/documentsentry/doc_beyond_vietnam/ 


 
 
 
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Responsibility to Protect Doctrine has no legitimate international status. PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 06 January 2018 11:51

Responsibility to Protect Doctrine has no legitimate international status.

Joan Russow- Global Compliance Research Project  2012

In August 2005, at the UN, a straw vote was taken about the position, of different negotiating groups, vis a vis R2P. Non Aligned Movement (NAM) representing 116 member states said “NO,R2P is a reincarnation of humanitarian intervention”. Most developing states had reservations about a doctrine  sanctioning intervention in a Sovereign state. Yet, in 2011, R2P was assumed to be a UN well-supported doctrine and used to justify the invasion of LIbya.

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Trump’s Lethal Decision on Jerusalem PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 13:29

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President Trump has won praise from Christian Zionists and many staunch supporters of Israel for declaring Jerusalem Israel’s capital, but critics say it only makes peace a more distant goal, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

 

By Dennis J Bernstein Interview with Francis Boyle

Protests have broken out across the Middle East against President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital — and Western critics complain that the move adds one more brick in the wall against the prospects for peace.

Professor Francis Boyle, who teaches international law at the University of Illinois College of Law and served as a long-time legal adviser to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), calls Trump’s announcement a “symbolic but still critical step in Israeli designs to control not just Jerusalem, but all of historic Palestine.” I spoke with Boyle on Dec. 6.

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Graffiti on Israel’s wall in Bethlehem, West Bank. April 16, 2011. (Flickr Montecruz Foto)

 

Graffiti on Israel’s wall in Bethlehem, West Bank. April 16, 2011. (Flickr Montecruz Foto)

Dennis Bernstein: What was your initial response to the announcement by President Trump that the United States will be moving its embassy to Jerusalem?

Francis Boyle: It is always a sad day when you know that people are going to die.  It is a defeat for the human spirit.  In the last intifada [September 2000-February 2005], about 3,000 Palestinians died and 1,000 Israelis.  I don’t know what will happen this time.  The Palestinians have called for “three days of rage.”  Trump could very well set off a third intifada here.

Dennis Bernstein: Trump says this doesn’t get in the way of the US being an honest broker, that the vision is for peace.  From the legal perspective, how do you see this?

Francis Boyle: First of all, the United States has never been an honest broker here.  I was legal advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Middle East Peace Negotiations from 1991, when they began, to the signing of Oslo.  It was very clear that the United States was always serving as Israel’s lawyer.  You had Miller, Ross, and Kurtzer, all three American Jews, two of them orthodox.

The Palestinians had to go hat-in-hand to present their case to American Jews.  Nothing has changed: We now have Kushner, Greenblatt and Friedman, all three of whom are orthodox Jews.  The whole thing has been preposterous from the beginning.  We have always been in favor of Israel, using lies, threats and intimidation to force the Palestinians to accept whatever the Israelis are giving them.  That is international diplomacy for you, conducted by the United States, not only in the Middle East but all over the world.

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Trump’s Lethal Decision on Jerusalem PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 13:23

By Dennis J Bernstein Interview with Francis Boyle

December 12, 2017

 

 

President Trump has won praise from Christian Zionists and many staunch supporters of Israel for declaring Jerusalem Israel’s capital, but critics say it only makes peace a more distant goal, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

 

Protests have broken out across the Middle East against President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital — and Western critics complain that the move adds one more brick in the wall against the prospects for peace.

Professor Francis Boyle, who teaches international law at the University of Illinois College of Law and served as a long-time legal adviser to the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), calls Trump’s announcement a “symbolic but still critical step in Israeli designs to control not just Jerusalem, but all of historic Palestine.” I spoke with Boyle on Dec. 6.

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Graffiti on Israel’s wall in Bethlehem, West Bank. April 16, 2011. (Flickr Montecruz Foto)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dennis Bernstein: What was your initial response to the announcement by President Trump that the United States will be moving its embassy to Jerusalem?

Francis Boyle: It is always a sad day when you know that people are going to die.  It is a defeat for the human spirit.  In the last intifada [September 2000-February 2005], about 3,000 Palestinians died and 1,000 Israelis.  I don’t know what will happen this time.  The Palestinians have called for “three days of rage.”  Trump could very well set off a third intifada here.

Dennis Bernstein: Trump says this doesn’t get in the way of the US being an honest broker, that the vision is for peace.  From the legal perspective, how do you see this?

Francis Boyle: First of all, the United States has never been an honest broker here.  I was legal advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Middle East Peace Negotiations from 1991, when they began, to the signing of Oslo.  It was very clear that the United States was always serving as Israel’s lawyer.  You had Miller, Ross, and Kurtzer, all three American Jews, two of them orthodox.

The Palestinians had to go hat-in-hand to present their case to American Jews.  Nothing has changed: We now have Kushner, Greenblatt and Friedman, all three of whom are orthodox Jews.  The whole thing has been preposterous from the beginning.  We have always been in favor of Israel, using lies, threats and intimidation to force the Palestinians to accept whatever the Israelis are giving them.  That is international diplomacy for you, conducted by the United States, not only in the Middle East but all over the world.

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NOBEL PEACE ICAN PRESENTATION PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 December 2017 17:41

Award Ceremony Speech

Presentation Speech by Berit Reiss-Andersen, Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Oslo, 10 December 2017.

Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Distinguished Representatives of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017. On behalf of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, I take great pleasure in congratulating ICAN on this award.

ICAN is receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons. ICAN's efforts have given new momentum to the process of abolishing nuclear weapons.

This year's Peace Prize follows in a tradition of awards that have honoured efforts against the proliferation of nuclear weapons and for nuclear disarmament. Twelve Peace Prizes have been awarded, in whole or in part, for this type of peace work. The first went to Philip Noel-Baker in 1959, and the most recent was awarded to Barack Obama in 2009. And now, this year, to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

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NOBEL PEACE PRIZE link to video and ICAN TRANSCRIPT OF SPEECH PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 December 2017 17:21

 

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Setsuko Thurlow accepted her Nobel Peace Prize last week in Stockholm, Sweden. Watch the powerful video here.

 

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ican Award Ceremony Speech

 

Presentation Speech by Berit Reiss-Andersen, Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Oslo, 10 December 2017.

Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Distinguished Representatives of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017. On behalf of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, I take great pleasure in congratulating ICAN on this award.

ICAN is receiving the award for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons. ICAN's efforts have given new momentum to the process of abolishing nuclear weapons.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 December 2017 17:32
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