P R E S S R E L E AS E
For Immediate Release
President Clinton's Threatened Haitian Invasion Violates U.N.'s
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
"The law of the jungle" says World Coordinator Garry Davis, "is not an option to military dictatorships."
Washington, D.C.-- According to the World Government of World Citizens, President Bill Clinton's threat to invade Haiti is not only a blatant denial of universal human rights per se but a direct violation of numerous articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a United Nations' document proclaimed December 10, 1948 by the General Assembly as a "common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations..."
Moreover, Dr. Francis Boyle, Coordinator of the World Judicial Commission of the global government, claims that the war power's clause, article 1, section 8, of the U.S. Constitution as well as the War Power's Act of 1973 are being violated by the U.S. president as well in the present crisis. "In my opinion," said international law professor Boyle, "this is a high crime and misdemeanor within the meaning of the impeachment clause of the U.S. Constitution. If people wanted to stop this invasion, they could initiate a bill of impeachment."
Article 28 of the UDHR in particular provides that "Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized," while
article 3 states that "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person."
"President Clinton's invasion threat against Haiti, which he claims is the final option against Cedras' illegitimate regime, is the act either of a criminal or a fool," said World Citizen Garry Davis today in the Washington, D.C. office of the World Service Authority. "As the chief executor of laws to which office he has pledged his allegiance, President Clinton now steps outside that legitimate framework to play the part of a lawless gangster in the name of peace and democracy. Condemning violence on the one hand while condoning and employing it on the other exposes the political schizophrenia of all national leaders today. Both President Clinton and Lt. General Cedras are fellow actors in the same drama of global anarchy perpetuated by the claimed exclusive sovereignty of nations. But when such flagrant rejection of law and order on the global level comes from the leader of the only remaining so-called superpower, with nuclear weapons at its command, all humanity becomes threatened."
"While anarchy reigns throughout the world community," Davis said, "the 15 justices of the International Court of Justice sit neglected and forsaken at The Hague, the sovereign people of the world paying with their life's blood and wealth for the institutionalized violence of the nation-state system itself."
The legal department of the World Government of World Citizens drafted an indictment of Lt. General Cedras (World Citizen News, Vol. VIII, No. 4, attached) which was subsequently addressed to all heads of state including Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
"A military invasion of Haiti by the United States, no matter how it is justified," Davis concluded, "is both a denial of the principle of law and a violation of President Clinton's oath of office."