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GREEN PARTY RENEWS THE CALL TO END STRIKES AGAINST AFGHANISTAN
15 Nov 2001
Greens see in the Taliban's flight from Kabul a
chance to provide humanitarian aid, restore basic
rights of Afghans
THE GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES

MEDIA RELEASE
For immediate release:
Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Contacts:
Nancy Allen, Media Coordinator, 207-326-4576,
nallen (at) acadia.net
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624,
scottmclarty (at) yahoo.com


GREEN PARTY RENEWS THE CALL TO END STRIKES
AGAINST AFGHANISTAN AS RAMADAN AND WINTER MONTHS
APPROACH

Greens see in the Taliban's flight from Kabul a
chance to provide humanitarian aid, restore basic
rights of Afghans


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party of the United
States has renewed its call for the U.S. to halt
the military assaults on Afghanistan, as the war
threatens to spread and Afghans face starvation
in the coming months.

"Continuing the strikes through Ramadan will
further alienate Muslims and jeopardize fragile
alliances with Pakistan and other Muslim
nations," said Tom Sevigny, Connecticut Green
activist and member of the national party's
steering committee.

Pakistan's President, General Pervez Musharraf,
warns that the U.S. assaults are "perceived in
the whole world as a war against the poor,
miserable and innocent people of Afghanistan" and
that continuing attacks during Ramadan would have
"negative fall-out in the entire Muslim world."
The war on Afghanistan puts the military junta in
Pakistan in an explosive dilemma. Already on
shaky ground, the undemocratic Pakistani
government faces destabilization, with dire
consequences if Pakistan's small nuclear arsenal
falls into the wrong hands. Meanwhile, Pakistani
extremists are increasing acts of violence in
Kashmir, forcing a confrontation with India.

"Our ill-considered response to the September 11
atrocities endangers the stability of two hostile
nuclear powers -- Pakistan and India -- with
unknowable results," said Robbie Franklin, a
Texas Green activist and treasurer of the
national party. "It is a very dangerous
situation with consequences far greater than
anything we can hope to gain in the war on
Afghanistan."

The military strikes have already proved
devastating for the people of Afghanistan,
especially the use of cluster bombs, fuel air
bombs, and carpet bombing by the U.S. as the
Taliban dispersed into civilian areas. But the
retreat of the Taliban from Kabul provides an
opening for the delivery of humanitarian aid and
the beginning of restored human rights for
Afghans.

"The only hope for Afghanistan is massive
intervention from the U.N.," said Holly Hart,
secretary of the Iowa Green Party and co-chair of
the national platform committee. "Such an effort
must provide emergency food and medical supplies,
attempt to prevent further bloodshed in the civil
war between the Taliban and the Northern
Alliance, and address the brutal treatment of
Afghan people -- especially women -- by both the
Taliban and the Northern Alliance. We must
guarantee that the fall of repressive,
misogynistic laws in Kabul after the Taliban fled
is not reversed by the Northern Alliance."

The Green Party continues to demand that the
criminals behind the September 11 atrocities be
tried according to international law in an
appropriate court. The Rome Statute, which the
U.S. refuses to ratify, would provide such a
forum. The non-retroactivity clause of the Rome
Statute would preclude using the International
Criminal Court to try the September 11 criminals.
However, Greens note that an ad hoc tribunal
based on the principles of the Rome Statute can
be convened to indict and try those responsible
for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the
Pentagon.

Unfortunately, House and Senate negotiators last
week agreed to block U.S. participation in the
U.N.'s establishment of an International Criminal
Court to prosecute war crimes, genocide and other
crimes against humanity. The U.S. government
refuses to cooperate in international attempts to
hold all nations responsible for crimes like the
September 11 attacks, and prefers unilateral
force, since the U.S. considers itself exempt
from accountability for violation of
international law.

"We urge the U.S. government to build a worldwide
coalition of governments pledging to refrain from
acts of violence against civilians and to prevent
independent groups from doing the same," said
Jane M. Hunter, vice-chair of the Green Party of
New Jersey.


MORE INFORMATION

The Green Party of the United States
http://gpus.org

Green Party statement on the September 11 attacks
http://gpus.org/articles/9_11_01.html

Rome Statute text
http://www.un.org/law/icc/statute/romefra.htm

Amnesty International on the ICC and ASPA
http://www.amnesty-usa.org/icc

Hague Appeal for Peace http://www.haguepeace.org


END


See also:
http://gpus.org
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