Opening conference, for an international tribunal on the war of the United States, Great Britain, and their allies against Iraq
June 19, 2004 in Berlin
Inhalt / Contents
The conference is a one-day hearing on the topic (from 9:00 AM to 6 PM) with international participation. The objective is to introduce the issues and initiate the collection of evidence. Following the conference a final meeting will be held to discuss subsequent activities.
9:00 – 9:30 AM: Welcoming Address and Introductory Remarks
PANEL I (9:30 AM – 11:00 AM):
PANEL II (11:00 AM to 12:00 PM):
Lunch break (12:00 PM – 1:00 PM)
PANEL III (1:00 PM – 3:30 PM):
Working Groups (3:30 PM – 5:30 PM):
Speakers Participating at the Hearing
Prof. Dr. Hussain A.N. Al-Saadi Department of Biology, College of Science for Women, University of Baghdad. Prof. Al-Saadi studied in the USA and Rostock, Germany, among other places. He has published more than 160 papers (mostly in English) in various scientific journals around the world, as well as 15 books (in Arabic) in the field of Ecology & Pollution. He has served more than 18 years in administrative University functions, such as Head of department, acting dean, vice president and acting president of the University.
Prof. Bill Bowring, Professor of Law, London Metropolitan University, member of the jury at the Legal Inquiry into the Invasion and Military Occupation of Iraq" held in London.
Prof. Lennox Hinds, professor of International Law, permanent representative of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) at the United Nations for the past 25 years; vice president of the IADL and leading defense counsel before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania.
François Houtart, Catholic priest, professor of sociology at the Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium, Director of the Tricontinental Center (CETRI) and the journal "Alternatives Sud". François Houtart is one of the most active collaborators of the World Social Forum of Porto Allegre. http://www.brusselstribunal.org/bios/Houtart.htm
Prof. Michail Kusnezow, Lawyer, specialist in international law, Moscow.
Geert Van Moorter, physician and active in the Belgian organization Medicine for the Third World. He was in Baghdad during the bombing in March/April 2003 and on various occasions since. He filmed the first bomb explosions in Baghdad and the civilian residences destroyed as a result. (The video can be viewed at http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3472.htm). A series of his videos are in the Evidence File" for the intended trial before a Belgian court against US-General Tommy Franks on charges of war crimes. They can also be viewed at http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3450.htm)
Prof. Osamu Niikura, participated in the tribunals held in Japan concerning the aggressions against Afghanistan and Iraq.
Norman Paech, is professor emeritus of public law at the University for Economy and Politics in Hamburg. Author of many articles, expertise and books on questions of constitutional and international law, of political justice, human rights and international relations in the Middle East.
Prof. Wolfgang Richter, Association for the Protection of Civil Rights and Human Dignity (GBM) and European Peace Forum, was one of the main organizations of the European Tribunal on NATO's War against Yugoslavia.
Rainer Rupp, journalist, author, NATO-expert.
Haifa Sangana - Irak /London: author and specialist in women's rights.
Prof. Gregor Schirmer, Expert for constitutional and international law, Berlin.
Jitendra Sharma, India, President of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL)
Walter Sommerfeld is Professor for Ancient Oriental Studies at the University of Marburg, Germany and the author of many publications handling the history of the early high cultures of Mesopotamia. He has been traveling in Iraq for the past 20 years and is the Chairman of the German-Iraqi Society. He was one of the first German academics to visit Iraq to assess at close hand the damage done by the bombing.
Hans C. von Sponeck, diplomat, was working for the United Nations from 1968 to 2000. At first he was working for the UN development program in Ghana, New York, Pakistan and Turkey and subsequently became the coordinator of UN programs in Botswana, Pakistan and India. In the fall of 1998 he succeeded Denis Haliday as Coordinator of the Oil-For-Food Program of the United Nations in Iraq. Like his predecessor, he resigned from this post out of protest against the sanctions policy of the UN Security Council in March 2000.
Moderators and Speakers for Opening Remarks to the Workshops:
Rüdiger Göbel, Journalist, assistant editor in chief of the German daily, "Junge Welt", co-author and co-editor of several books on Iraq
Internat. Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), Bundesausschuss Friedensratschlag, Int. Liga für Menschenrechte, Gesellschaft zum Schutz von Bürgerrecht und Menschenwürde e.V., Europäisches Friedensforum, Attac, kritische juristinnen und juristen an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, DGB-Jugend
Hearing was supported by:
Die Humboldt-Universität, Unter den Linden 6, ist mit den Bussen 100 und 200 (Haltestelle Staatsoper) zu erreichen, die quer durch die City fahren und mehrfach S-Bahn- und U-Bahn-Stationen sowie Straßenbahnhaltestellen berühren.
Foto: H. Guske
mit Elmar Schmähling, (GBM, ehem. Flottillenadmiral), Prof. Gregor Schirmer (Völkerrechtsexperte), Michail Kusnezow (Russ. Völkerrechtler) und Joachim Guilliard