NOVEMBER 16, 1990 WORLD CITIZEN GARRY DAVIS CALLS FOR INDICTMENT OF 26
HEADS OF STATE OPERATING IN MIDDLE EAST WAR ZONE AS WAR CRIMINALS
WASHINGTON, D.C.-In a letter dated November 12, 1990 addressed to 26 heads of state who have military personnel and material stationed in the Middle East, Garry Davis, World Coordinator of the World Government of World Citizens, accused them as "war criminals" under the Nuremberg Decisions of 1945 which indicted, tried, sentenced and punished Nazi officials and their collaborators for "war crimes" and "crimes against peace" after World War II (Letter appended).
"National leaders consider war as a 'final option,'" Davis said today from his Burlington, Vermont office, "while they give lip-service to international law accusing one another of 'violating' it. President Bush, for instance, is trying desperately to obtain a United Nations sanction for the use of force against Iraq. Yet he refuses to consider the use of the International Court of Justice, which is the U.N.'s own judicial arm, to indict President Saddam Hussein. The obvious conclusion is that while he accuses Hussein of violating international law, he himself refuses to consider its relevancy in the Middle East situation. The hypocrisy is blatant.
The World Government of World Citizens, founded in 1953, composed of individuals throughout the world community who claim the civic status of world citizenship, seeks a state to act as advocate in order to petition the ICJ at The Hague since neither individuals not obviously the global government have standing before the court.
"If the ICJ alone can adjudicate violations of international law," Davis continued, "and if we individuals who are the real victims in all national wars cannot petition the court, then we must seek a state which is constitutionally prohibited from waging war, such as Japan, to act as our surrogate." A petition is under preparation by the World Judicial Commission for submission to Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu of Japan.
A copy of the letter to heads of state has been sent to the International Court of Justice, to the U.N. secretary-general, to all heads of state, and to the coordinators of the World Government Commissions.