[News] Against terrorism, in defense of humanity:an appeal
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Against terrorism, in defense of humanity: an appeal
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In view of the recommendations made at the International Against
Terrorism, For Peace and Justice Symposium, the undersigned, members of
the In Defense of Humanity network of networks, have reviewed the
denunciations, proposals and reports submitted by the 681 participants from
67 countries who met in Havana on 2, 3 and 4 June 2005, and make a call to
create a movement against terrorism that will denounce and condemn the age
of terror spawned by the United States in our hemisphere, affecting us
since the second half of the 20th century.
The moving testimonies of victims and their relatives and the
well-documented reports of respected jurists, statespeople, journalists,
economists and other intellectuals committed to the defense of human
rights, allowed us to reconstruct the history of terrorist actions,
committed with impunity, which numerous US administrations perpetrated in
Souther Cone countries, Central America and the Caribbean, in complicity
with Latin American and Caribbean leaders, armies and police forces.
The people have a right to know the truth. Those who wage a genocidal war
in the name of a war on terrorism must not be allowed to cover up their
systematic use of the most perverse of terrorist methods against the
peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean. There is an urgent need to
break the silence which shrouds the past, present and forseeable future of
this criminal policy.
It is impossible to suppress the intimate, proven and documented ties of
international terrorsits to the US White House, State Department and
intelligence services. One cannot forget the atrocious consequences of
Operation Condor, that International of Terror, as Nobel Prize for Peace
recipient Adolfo Pérez Esquivel would call it, nor those of the dirty war
waged in Central America and the Caribbean. The crimes of those who have
worked for the CIA and of the high officials of successive US
administrations cannot go unpunished.
George H. W. Bush, father of the current US leader, must be held
accountable, as ex CIA director, for the creation, with Cuban born
terrorists, of CORU, an organization responsible for the assassination of
ex Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs Orlando Letelier and the murder of
US citizen Ronnie Moffit, the midair bombing of a civilian plane with 73
people on board and other crimes against humanity. The same terrorists
collaborated with Pinochets DINA, and other repressive bodies of South
American military dictatorships, in the planning and execution of Operation
Condor. Then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger must also be held
accountable for these genocidal crimes.
The close ties of Floridas current governor, Jeb Bush, to the Cuban
American National Foundation and other terrorist groups based in Miami must
be denounced. These organizations made a decisive contribution to the
fraudulent electoral victory of his brother in the 2000 presidential
elections; they financed terrorist actions against Cuban tourist
facilities, actions Posada Carriles admitted to in an interview for the New
York Times and American television, the latters pardon in Panama and his
stay in the United States the past two months; they organized and financed
his escape from a Venezuelan prison and coordinated his work with the White
House in Iran-Contra and US-supported state-terrorist and dirty war
strategies in Central America. Today more than ever, we must denounce this
long-standing network of accomplices which sustains the impunity and the
protection illegally granted by US authorities to Luis Posada Carriles,
ignoring the well-founded extradition request submitted by the Bolivarian
Republic of Venezuela. It is the same protection they have offered an hope
to maintain for Orlando Bosch, securing impunity for his crimes.
We must reveal the terrorist nature of the alliance that, against the
interests of the American people, the Bush dynasty has established with the
Miami mob and which dishonours the memory of those who perished on 11
September 2001 and in the name of a supposed war on terrorism. The US
people, who mobilized against fascism in World War II and contributed to
ending the Vietnam war, who supported the civil rights struggle and the
return of Elián González to Cuba, must be informed, through all the mass
media, about the criminal actions of its government.
The impunity of terrorists cannot continue. No crime can go unpunished.
BECAUSE OF ALL THIS, WE HAVE DECIDED TO INITIATE AN INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT
AGAINST TERRORISM BASED ON THE IN DEFENSE OF HUMANITY NETWORK OF
NETWORKS, TO UNDERTAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS:
* Establish an Anti-Terrorist Observatory for the hemisphere.
* Create a data base which gathers information on these genocidal
* Prepare and publish an Encyclopedia on Terrorism in the hemisphere,
to include the essential concepts and categories, the background of the
genocidal agents, repressive bodies and terrorists involved, a chronology
of these criminal actions and a description of the national and
supra-national components of the terror apparatus.
* Create a collection of works on historical memory and terrorism.
* Create the Against Terrorism, in Defense of Humanity Hemisphere
Court, to be made up of prestigious jurists, intellectuals and human rights
activists, to try Henry Kissenger, George Herbert Walker Bush, Jeb Bush,
George Walker Bush and the following current or ex State Department or
National Security Council officials Oliver North, John Dimitri Negroponte
and Otto Reich, for setting in motion and encouraging state terrorism in
Latin America, the Caribbean and even the United States, in flagrant
violation of international and US law, putting the lives of their own
citizens in danger; for recruiting, training and financing terrorist groups
and for the protection they have offered and continue to offer Orlando
Bosch, Luis Posada Carriles and other renowned perpetrators of criminal
actions that have claimed the lives of ten of thousands of innocent people.
The work of this court will be handled by four commissions: a commission
for the gathering of testimonies and documentary evidence; for research and
analysis; for technical and juridical matters and for information and
This is the commitment assumed in Havana: to defend ethical values and
dignity, in defiance of brute force and terror, and to carry out law and
justice. All voices must be raised against these crimes. We shall not rest
until the murderers are tried and convicted. Silence only benefits
terrorists and those who protect them. We shall not rest until the path is
cleared for truth. As Fidel has said: Humanity yearns for justice.
Havana, 10 June 2005
Francois Houtart, Belgium; Isabel Parra, Chile; James Cockcroft, USA;
Pablo González Casanova, Victor Flores Olea, Gilberto López y Rivas and
Juan Bañuelo, Mexico; Thiago de Mello, Beto Almeida, Roberto Amaral, Beth
Carvalho, María Ciavatta and Marilia Guimaraes, Brazil; Roberto Fernandez
Retamar, Cuba; Marcos Roitman, Manuel Talens, Jaime Losada, Alicia Hermida
and Carlos Tena, Spain; Miguel Bonasso, Stella Calloni, Ana de Skalon,
Tristán Bauer, Atilio Borón, Néstor Kohan, Carlos Ruta, Luciano Alzaga and
Marcelo Cafiso, Argentina; Hernando Calvo Ospina, Colombia; Jorge Sanjinés,
Bolivia; Antonio Pecci, Paraguay; Raúl Pérez Torres, Ecuador; Gennaro
Carotenuto, Italy; Tarik Souki, Venezuela; Samuel Blixen, Uruguay.
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