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[ This message has been sent to you via the CASI-analysis mailing list ] [ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] ___________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________ ----- Original Message ----- From: Jan myrdal To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Friday, February 11, 2005 2:17 PMSubject: [FiB FORUM] Fw: International Conference on the humanitarian Law Detta bör spridas!Jan Myrdal Östra Björkviken 4 SE-739 91 Skinnskatteberg Sweden tel: +46(0)223 510 12 fax: +46(0)223 510 07 E-mail: email@example.com International Conference on the Humanitarian Law Paris 2005 Conference site : http://adifinfo.com ADIF : Association for the Defense of the International Humanitarian Fundamental Laws To members of our International Advisory Board Many warm thanks for having kindly accepted to serve on the Advisory Board of the coming conference « International Humanitarian Law and Impunity of Powerful States - the case of the United States ». We are all aware that the subject is too important to be treated through mere polemics, and there is on the other hand urgency. In such conditions, it was necessary to have a Board with high quality and diversity, and able to treat all political, historical and juridic aspects of the violations of the IHL with the adequate rigour. We will be very grateful if you can take some time to give us your ideas and suggestions on our initial presentation of the project, on main themes to be treated, qualified personnalities to be contacted. We hope this conference will allow a larger public to know the basic facts of the IHL, to be aware of the necessity to defend it and to forcefully protest against its violations. In this connection, some proposals should come out from the conference. Here are for instance some possible domains in which your advice may be useful: i) the IHL and the reform of the United Nations ? (eg is it adequate to ask that the IHL be included in the Chart of the UNO in a more precise way, or should the IHL remain totally independent) ii) iare there some ways through which the principle of universal jurisdiction might be applied in a better way (in particular to leaders of powerful States like the USA ?) iii) should the conference adopt eg the declaration of the Mayor of Hiroshima demanding the abolition of nuclear weapons (in his words 'a goal not less important than the abolition of slavery") ? (We have sent him an invitation to participate to our conference and present his ideas). With warm thanks in advance for your help and best regards. Nils Andersson and Daniel Iagolnitzer; conference presidents Address Nils Andersson, firstname.lastname@example.org Daniel Iagolnitzer, email@example.com Post : ADIF, 18, Rue des Lyonnais, F. 75005, Paris Conference email , firstname.lastname@example.org Annexe 1 : Initial presentation of the project I) Introduction: IHL and impunity. Why the case of the United States? II) IHL and the United States: the period 1945-2005, and in particular € Hiroshima-Nagasaki (60th anniversary): historical synopsis, attitude of scientists. Was the use of the nuclear weapon justified ? ° Indochina, war crimes, massive use of the chemical weapon (agent orange) and current demands for indemnization of the victims. € A different policy: the presidency of Carter € Recent wars: Irak, Afghanistan, ... Violations of IHL, report on civilian victims in Irak published in łThe Lancet˛. III) IHL, present and future. € Are the critics against IHL by the present US administration under cover of łwar against terrorism˛ justified? € IHL and premptive war. IHL and new nuclear weapons. € IHL and the reform of the United-Nations. IV) Conclusion: Is IHL in the best interest of everybody, including the United States citizen? Are their current leaders responsible of violations of IHL, and de jure liable for international courts? Annexe II : Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. Geneva, 12 August 1949. Article 146 The High Contracting Parties undertake to enact any legislation necessary to provide effective penal sanctions for persons committing, or ordering to be committed, any of the grave breaches of the present Convention defined in the following Article. Each High Contracting Party shall be under the obligation to search for persons alleged to have committed, or to have ordered to be committed, such grave breaches, and shall bring such persons, regardless of their nationality, before its own courts. It may also, if it prefers, and in accordance with the provisions of its own legislation, hand such persons over for trial to another High Contracting Party concerned, provided such High Contracting Party has made out a prima facie case. International Advisory Board February 8, 2005 Carlos Alvarez, Spain, poet, writer Daniel Amit, Israël/Italy, physics professor Giovanni Atarihuana, Equator, vice-president of the Supreme Electoral Court Amy Bartholiomew, Canada, Law professor Abraham Behar, France, ex vice-president of the Association of physicians for prevention of nuclear war (IPPNV, Nobel Peace Prize) Pascal Boniface, France, director of the Institute for de International and Strategic Relations Jean Bricmont, Belgium, physics professor Robert Charvin, France, Law professor, honorary University president Monique Chemillier-Gendreau, France, Law and political sciences professor Cirano De Dominicis, France, physicist Pierre de Senarclens, Switzerland, professor in international relations Juan José del Aguila, Spain, magistrate Christine Delphy, France, sociologue, director of the journal "Nouvelles questions féministes" Rudolf El Kareh, Lebanon, professor, journalist Ayse Erzan, Turkey, physics professor Porfirio Garcia Fernandez, Dominican Rep., president of the Santo Domingo Autonomous University Jacques Gaillot, France, bishop of Partenia Roger Godement, France, mathematician Carlos Hermida, Spain, history professor Stephane Hessel, France, ambassador Gustave Massiah, France, vice-president of Attac France, president of the Center for Research and Information on development Pierrre Klein, Belgium, International Law professor Michael Mandel, Canada, International Law professor Manuel Maria Mercedes Molina, Dominican Rep., president of the National Commission for Human Rights Jan Myrdal, Sweden, writer and essayist Joaquin Navarron, Spain, magistrate Pedro Arias Pimentel, Dominican Rep., coordinator of the american-spanish committee for human rights of the Dominican order Lenin Romero, Equator, vice-president of the Constitutional Tribunal Kato Shuichi, Japan, philosoph, essayist Alain Sokal, United-States, physics professor Andrés Sorel, Spain, writer, secretary general of the Spanish Writers Association Lucia Sosa, Equator, prefect Gérard Toulouse, France, scientist Dominique Tricaud, France, attorney, secretary for the french Helsinki committee for human rights Pierre Vidal-Naquet, France, historian _______________________________________ Sent via the CASI-analysis mailing list To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-analysis All postings are archived on CASI's website at http://www.casi.org.uk