Pan African delegation petitions ICC for NATO war crimes (38360)

The Pan African Solidarity Hague Committee (PASHC), led by the December 12th Movement International Secretariat and the International Association Against Torture, delivered a petition to the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, Netherlands, on June 18. The petition demands that they prosecute the United States, Britain, France, Italy, Canada and NATO for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The PASHC legal team included Roger Wareham, Esq. (U.S.), David Comissiong, Esq. (Barbados), Troy Griffith, Esq. (U.S.), Alfred Toussaint, Esq. (Haiti), Sylvestre Kouadio, Esq. (Cte d’Ivoire) and Minister Akbar Muhammad (Nation of Islam, U.S.).

Said Wareham, “The crimes we are charging them with were committed during the NATO invasion of Libya and the overthrow and assassination of Libya’s Col. Muammar Gaddafi; the U.S.-led overthrow of Haiti’s duly elected President Jean Bertrand Aristide in 2004; the French military intervention that resulted in the capture and arrest of President Laurent Gbagbo of the Ivory Coast; the institutional racism the United States inflicts upon its Black population, particularly reflected in racial profiling, stop-and-frisk and incarceration rates; and the sanctions campaign designed to punish President Robert Mugabe for returning the land stolen by white settlers to the indigenous people of Zimbabwe.”

The ICC itself has come under scrutiny for prosecuting cases solely involving Africans, 26 indictees total, and turning a blind eye to crimes perpetrated by Western nations. The committee maintains that the ICC acts as another weapon in the Western countries’ campaign to recolonize Africa and African people.

The PASHC delegation later held a forum on “The ICC and the Task of Ending NATO’s Immunity for War Crimes,” at Erasmus University in the Hague. It looked at the institutional racist bias of the ICC and how participants can push forward the campaign to prosecute NATO countries for their international crimes.

Comissiong, president of the Clement Payne Movement, said, “During the course of last year, 2011, the people of the world watched in horror and disbelief as the political and military leaders of the major Western powers–the United States, Britain, France, Italy and Canada–directed the might of their powerful military arsenals against the people and political leaders of two African countries, Libya and Cte d’Ivoire, and in particular against Brother Leader Muammar Gaddafi and President Laurent Gbagbo.”

The PASHC will make a report back to the community and discuss work to be done on this campaign on Friday, July 13 at 7 p.m. at the Harlem State Office Building, Conference Room 8B, 163 W. 125th St. at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard.