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WORLD TRIBUNAL ON IRAQ Sign the Declaration July 4, 2005

by GraceReid Mon Jul 4th, 2005 at 05:37:05 AM EST


July 3, 2005



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WORLD TRIBUNAL on IRAQ Declaration July 3, 2005

`The attack on Iraq is an attack on justice, on liberty, on our safety, on our future, on us all' - The Jury of Conscience



Tolga Temuge,

International Media Coordinator

+(90) 533 644 4687



27 Jun 2005

`The attack on Iraq is an attack on justice, on liberty, on our safety, on our future, on us all' - The Jury of Conscience

Istanbul, 27 June, 2005 - With a Jury of Conscience from 10 different countries hearing the testimonies of 54 members of the Panel of Advocates who came from across the world, including Iraq, the United States and the United Kingdom, this global civil initiative came to an end with a press conference at the Hotel Armada where the chair of the Jury of Conscience, Arundathi Roy, announced the Jury's conclusions.

The Jury defined this war as one of the most unjust in history: `The Bush and Blair administrations blatantly ignored the massive opposition to the war expressed by millions of people around the world. They embarked upon one of the most unjust, immoral, and cowardly wars in history. The Anglo-American occupation of Iraq of the last 27 months has led to the destruction and devastation of the Iraqi state and society. Law and order have broken down completely, resulting in a pervasive lack of human security; the physical infrastructure is in shambles; the health care delivery system is a mess; the education system has ceased to function; there is massive environmental and ecological devastation; and, the cultural and archeological heritage of the Iraqi people has been desecrated.'

On the basis of the preceding findings and recalling the Charter of the United Nations and other legal documents, the jury has established the following charges against the Governments of the US and the UK:

  • Planning, preparing, and waging the supreme crime of a war of aggression in contravention of the United Nations Charter and the Nuremberg Principles.

  • Targeting the civilian population of Iraq and civilian infrastructure

  • Using disproportionate force and indiscriminate weapon systems

  • Failing to safeguard the lives of civilians during military activities and during the occupation period thereafter

  • Using deadly violence against peaceful protestors

  • Imposing punishments without charge or trial, including collective punishment

  • Subjecting Iraqi soldiers and civilians to torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment

  • Re-writing the laws of a country that has been illegally invaded and occupied

  • Willfully devastating the environment

  • Actively creating conditions under which the status of Iraqi women has seriously been degraded

  • Failing to protect humanity's rich archaeological and cultural heritage in Iraq

  • Obstructing the right to information, including the censoring of Iraqi media

  • Redefining torture in violation of international law, to allow use of torture and illegal detentions

The Jury also established charges against the Security Council of United Nations for failing to stop war crimes and crimes against humanity among other failures, against the Governments of the Coalition of the Willing for collaborating in the invasion and occupation of Iraq, against the Governments of Other Countries for allowing the use of military bases and air space and providing other logistical support, against Private Corporations for profiting from the war, against the Major Corporate Media for disseminating deliberate falsehoods and failing to report atrocities.

The Jury also provided a number of recommendations that include recognising the right of the Iraqi people to resist the illegal occupation of their country and to develop independent institutions, and affirming that the right to resist the occupation is the right to wage a struggle for self-determination, freedom, and independence as derived from the Charter of the United Nations, we the Jury of Conscience declare our solidarity with the people of Iraq and the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the coalition forces from Iraq.

The Istanbul session of the WTI lasted three days and presented testimony on the illegality and criminal violations in the U.S. pretexts for and conduct of this war. The expert opinion, witness testimony, video and image evidence addressed the impact of war on civilians, the torture of prisoners, the unlawful imprisonment of Iraqis without charges or legal defence, the use of depleted uranium weapons, the effects of the war on Iraq's infrastructure, the destruction of Iraqi cultural institutions and the liability of the invaders in international law for failing to protect these treasures of humanity.

The session in Istanbul was the culminating session of commissions of inquiry and hearings held around the world over the past two years. Sessions on different topics related to the war on Iraq were held in London, Mumbai, Copenhagen, Brussels, New York, Japan, Stockholm, South Korea, Rome, Frankfurt, Geneva, Lisbon and Spain.

They have compiled a definitive historical record of evidence on the illegality of the invasion and occupation that will be recorded in a forthcoming book.


Tolga Temuge,

International Media Coordinator

+(90) 533 644 4687



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11.11.11 / Belgium

Act Now for Harmony and Democracy (ANHAD) / India

Act together: Women's action for Iraq / UK

Action Indict Bush-Blair / Japan

Acts-of-resistance.org / Belgium

AEPGN (Association des étudiants pour la prévention de la guerre nucléaire) / Belgium

Al-Awda NY/NJ / US

Al-Qalam Institute, Berkeley / US

AlternaTees / US

AMBDH (Association des Marocains de Belgique pour la Défense des Droits de l'Homme) / Belgium

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee - NY Chapter / US

Amna Akbar / USA

AnaTolyan Frame Collective / US

Antroposofische Bibliotheek Brugge / Belgium

APIS Group / Serbia

Arab Cause Solidarity Committee / Spain

Arab Lawyers Association / UK

Architects for Peace

Asian People's Alliance / Japan

Asian Women's Human Rights Council

Asr Resource Centre Istitute of Women's Studies / Pakistan

Association Belgo-Palestinienne


Authors for Peace / Denmark

Bains Connectives

Bak Cision / Korea

Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation

Bastaguerra / Italy

Ben Gallagher / US

Bergen County Green Party

Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation / UK

Beursschouwburg / Belgium

Black Radical Congress / US

Brian Dickinson

BRAL vzw (Brusselse Raad voor het Leefmilieu)

Brecht Forum / US

Brooklyn Greens / US

Bruce R. Hall / USA

BushMustGo! , Ithaca

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Campus Antiwar Network / US

Capitalism Nature Socialism / US

Center for Constitutional Rights / US

Center for Development Studies / India

Center for Economic and Social Rights / US

Centro de Documentacion en Derechos Humanos "Segundo Montes Mozo S.J." (CSMM) / Ecuador

Chantal Chepil / Canada

Charlie Sharkey / Netherlands

Cheryl Chepil / Canada

Christenen voor het Socialisme


COCAB (Composantes des Communautés Arabes de Belgique)

CODEPINK: Women for Peace

Comité de Surveillance Otan

Comité pour l'Annulation de la Dette du Tiers-Monde (COCAD)


Communauté La Poudrière

Coney Island Avenue Project / US

Conscience International

Coordination des ONG pour la Palestine

Coordination of European NGOs networking on Trade (CENNT)

Council on International and Public Affairs

Counter Globalization Action

David Joseph Daratony / USA

De Groene Waterman (boekhandel / librairie)

Deanndra Eggers / USA

Direct Action Palestine / US

Donna Linden / USA

El Taller International / Tunis

Elizabeth Boontrager / USA

EPO (uitgeverij / maison d'éditions)

Eric Ehret / Canada

ESKUBIDEAK, Basque Lawyers Association / The Basque Country

European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights

Federacion de Asociaciones de Defensa y Promocion Derechos Humanos (FDDHH) / Spain

Fellowship of Reconciliation

Focus on the Global South

Fuat Erdem / Germany

Geneeskunde Voor de Derde Wereld

Global Action to Prevent War

Global Peace and Justice Coalition / Turkey

Green Party of New Jersey


GSARA (Groupe Socialiste d'Action et de Réflexion sur l'Audiovisuel)

Het Beschrijf  literaire vereniging (literary organisation)

Humanistisch Verbond

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IDIC (Islamitisch Documentatie en Informatiecentrum)

Ilker Gurer / Turkey


Indymedia Belgium


INTAL (International Action For Liberation)

Internationaal Kunstcentrum DE SINGEL Antwerpen (International Arts Centre - Antwerp )

International A.N.S.W.E.R

International Action Center / USA

International Association of Democratic Lawyers

International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms

International Criminal Tribunal for Iraq - Japan

International People's Tribunal Secretary on US crimes in Iraq and Palestine, created by European Peace Forum in 2001 in Berlin / Ukraine

IPB (Interdiocesaan Pastoraal Beraad)

Iraqi Democrats Against Occupation (IDAO) / UK

Iraqi Network for Human Rights Culture and Development

Izmir Barre Association / Turkey

James Starowicz, Veteran for Peace

Jenny Murrell / UK

Jews Against the Occupation

Joseph Tougas / USA

Just Act (Support the United Nations!)

K.A. Roe / USA

Kathy Stone / USA

Katie Weddington / USA

Katman Interactive News, Critics and Analyse CenterKazimiera J. Cottam / Canada

Korea Truth Commission / USA

Korean Committee for People's Tribunal on Warcrimes by Bush, Blair & Roh

Kunsten Festival Des Arts ( Brussels )

Kunstencentrum VOORUIT (Arts Centre - Ghent )

KVS (Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg Brussel - Royal Flemish Theatre Brussels )

L. Bagley / USA

Labour Committee for Peace and Justice - Bay Area / US

Lambdaistanbul LGBT Initiative

Laurie Gengenbach / USA

Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy / US

Les Brigittines

Les Halles (Theatre)

Lewes and District CND

Liga Voor Mensenrechten

Linda Leonard / USA

Lisa Virmigle / USA

LOKOJ / Bangladesh

Louis Paul Boon Kring

Manneken Peace Not War

Marie Major

mark manas / USA

Mark Smith-Poelz / USA

Mark W. Materne / USA

Martha M. Woods, Dr.

Mary Enright / USA

Masako I. Yamada


Matthew Good / Canada

Matthias Chang / Malaysia

MCP (Mouvement Chrétien pour la Paix)

Media International / Egypt

Middle East Children's Alliance - California / US

MO (Mondiaal Magazine)

Mouvement Chr é tien pour la Paix / Belgium

Mouths Wide Open

MPDL (Movimiento por la Paz el Désarme y la Libertad)

MRAX (Mouvement contre le racisme, l'antisémitisme et la xenophobie)

Nalan Sarac / Turkey

National Lawyers Guild - NYC chapter

Natural Philosophers International

Nederlandse Humanistisch Vredesberaad (HVB - Netherlands )

New Jersey Solidarity

The Newtopia Collective / USA

New York City Labor Against the War

New York Committee to Defend Palestine

Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater New York

No to War in Iraq Coalition / Turkey


Not in Our Name Project / US

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation / US

NY Greens / Green Party of New York State

NYU Students for Justice in Palestine

Occupation Watch Center / Iraq

Orange County Peace and Justice Coalition

Östersund Network for Global Peace and Democracy


Papa Giovanni 23 / Italy

Paul Matters / Australia

Pax Christi

Peace Initiative / Turkey

Peace That We Love / USA

Peoples Peace Alliance / Pakistan

People's Solidarity for Social Progress / South Korea

Polish Anti-War Committee / Poland

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Sahin Utar / Turkey

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Sebastian Escagues / Canada

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Sharon Metcalf / USA

Society Culture of Peace / Germany

Solidarity / U.S.

Solutions for Humanity, Inc.

SOS Iraq  / Belgium - Netherlands

SOS Kinderen Irak Netherlands

South Asian Women's Institute for Peace Studies and Activism / Pakistan

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StopUSA / Belgium

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Swedish Network Against War / Sweden

Tabula Rasa Film productions ( Brussels )

Tamim Khoder / Lebanon

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Violence Against Women in War - Net (VAWW-Net) / Japan

Vlaams Guatemala Comité

VOOR MOEDER AARDE ( For Mother Earth is the Flemish section of Friends of the Earth International)



Walter Stolz / Netherlands

Western States Legal Foundation

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF-London)

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom / NY Metro Branch

Women's Security Council / Germany

World Order Models Project

World Prout Assembly / US

Happy 4th of July!  Celebrate Independence Day in a Significant Way.  Sign the Declaration of the World Tribunal on Iraq.  End this war and bring the troops home!

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I signed it !! It's easy !! Please share this with as many people as you can ! Happy independence day ! Thank you.
by GraceReid on Mon Jul 4th, 2005 at 06:01:08 AM EST
Interesting they didn't announce this on July 4th...but perhaps the irony would have been too much...

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Mon Jul 4th, 2005 at 06:27:23 AM EST

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