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News ::
27 May 2003
The Nuremberg Principles are the basis for our demand that individuals seeking to prevent crimes against peace and humanity not be criminalized by the state. Please sign and circulate.
To add your name to this document, email: fairviewantiwar (at)
with your name (and organisation) as the body of the text.


"Individuals have international duties which transcend the national
obligations of obedience. Therefore [individuals] have the duty to
violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from
occurring." The Nuremberg Tribunal 1945-1946.

The US and UK have amassed a military force in preparation for a massive
assault against Iraq. In the previous aggression against Iraq in 1991,
terrible crimes against peace and crimes against humanity were committed by
the US and UK armed forces. The judgement of the Nuremberg Tribunal makes it
clear that citizens have the right and duty to seek to prevent the crimes
against peace and humanity that are clearly going to be committed against Iraq.

Six individuals are currently facing serious charges relating to the
disabling of a US Navy plane at Shannon airport. The Dublin Catholic
Worker 'Pit Stop Ploughshares 5' group are: Damien Moran, Ciaron O'Reilly,
Nuin Dunlop, Karen Fallon and Deirdre Clancy. Mary Kelly from Co. Cork is
facing similar charges for a disarmament action. Their actions were inspired
by the vision of Isaiah 2:4 to "beat swords into ploughshares." In accordance
with the PRINCIPLES of the NUREMBERG TRIBUNAL, we DEMAND that they are not
criminalised for their actions.

International Figures

Prof Noam Chomsky, US Academic &author
George Monbiot, Guardian journalist & author
Scott Ritter, former head of UNSCOM
Tariq Ali
Tony Benn, British Labour MP
Heidi Giuliani, mother of Carlo Giuliani who was shot dead at the Genoa
anti-G8 protest
Vittorio Agnoletto, organiser of the Genoa anti-G8 protest and leading
figure in Italian anti-war movement
Bianca Jagger
Jeremy Hardy
Bruce Kent, Chair of the Movement for the Abolition of War
Michael Christ, Executive Director, International Physicians for the
Prevention of Nuclear War


Fr John Dear, US Jesuit priest and author
Fr. Daniel Berrigan, US Jesuit Priest & Ploughshares Activist
Fr. Martin Kelly, Director of Dublin Spiritan Seminary
Fr Brian O'Toole, Secretary of the Spiritan Conngregation
Sr Majella McCarron, lecturer at Kimmage Manor Institute of Theology
Br Christian Thuet, French Catholic Brother
Mary O Byrne, Dominican
Tom Webb, Pax Christi USA National Council
Rev Bob Bossie, SCJ, Chicago
Dr Michael J Stephen, Pax Christi
Eric M LeCompte, Pax Christi USA National Council Chair
Latitia Bordes, Roman Catholic Nun, School of Americas Watch West
Rev Steve Kelly, SJ, Jonah House Community, Baltimore
Gary Ashbeck, Jonah House Community, Baltimore
Susan Crane, Jonah House Community, Baltimore
Elizabeth McAlister, Jonah House Community, Baltimore
Jerome Mechtenberg-Berrigan, Jonah House Community, Baltimore
Laurel Paget-Seekins, Jonah House Community, Baltimore
Ruth O'Neill, Catholic Worker
Rev Su McLain, Madison, MS
Rev Anne Walter, St William Catholic Church, Louisville, USA
Rev Arch B Taylor, Jr
Rev Dawson W Tunnell, Texas, USA
Fr James Flynn, Roman Catholic priest, Utah, USA
Ched Myers, Ploughshares Theologian
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