“We have brought torture, cluster bombs, depleted uranium, innumerable acts of random murder, misery, … We could fund business make sure they’re successful, because we did during the economic collapse, right? Now moving through 1998, 1999 when ChVWS was elected in Venezuela in a wave of disgust against the neoliberal governments and the enormous difference in wealth in the population of Venezuela. That is what the people need. Chavez was a bit more careful, a bit slower, until they forced his hand, until you had the coup d’état against him in April 2002. We would probably be trying to enhance it. Each team had about five people and they were tasked with finding out who had the virus, tracing their contacts, reaching out to them, making sure people are isolated. The US committed crimes against humanity by creating the conditions that led to sickness and death for vulnerable sectors of the U.S. population. We have a crisis in our criminal justice system. Who’s out there doing it? In this case, there is a reasonable basis to believe that the Chinese government is failing in this regard, and they are committing the crimes against humanity of persecution and imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty. It’s not just me as a commentator. His scholarly articles in the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Oxford Encyclopedia of Human Rights and Macmillan Encyclopedia of Genocide, encompass the prohibition of aggression, universal jurisdiction, the right to the homeland, mass population transfers, minority rights, refugee law, repatriation, legal aspects of the Spanish Civil War, indefinite detention, Guantanamo and the right to peace. And so the sanctions against South Africa were successful. Healthcare and making it possible to have a level playing field so that everybody has the same opportunity to play a role in a democratic Bolivia or a democratic Venezuela, or Cuba for that matter… that is ignored. You have what I would call the jackals, who just want to bully everybody else, who just want to make money, and to consider the United States as above international law, and not accountable to anybody. And the question is what is the difference? The Genocide Accountability Act … At present he teaches international law at the Geneva School of Diplomacy. AZ: Well, let me go back to 1970, and I’ve seen the original documents because there were declassified. The Depression had a 24.9 peak as far as unemployment goes and so if you’re talking about 30%, you’re already above depression levels. They try to improve their system all the time. Staunch critic of President Trump, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J., has called for Trump and members of his administration to be investigated and prosecuted once he leaves office. They don’t tell you in so many words. It was recently confirmed that the former president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, won the last presidential election in October. Well, essentially that is exactly what George W Bush was doing to Venezuela. So, you know, there’s been this kind of sense, the Occupy Movement, the workers movement has really taken off in the last few years. I’ve been working on prison reform and ending the drug war since the early 1980s and it has been a crisis for families, for Individuals, for the last 40 years. AZ: Well, obviously any country that is complicit in the imposition of unilateral coercive measures has violated international law, has committed what is termed an international wrongful act for which there is an obligation to make reparations. We really appreciate the way you’ve been raising consciousness on these issues for many years. I mean legal are the sanctions that are imposed under chapter 7 of the United Nations Charter., after there has been a finding under article 39 of the charter that there is a threat to the peace or a breach of the peace, then the first step is not smack the country military, but try to impose some economic measures that will persuade the government that it’s in its own interest to play the game. The right to health is a human right. We bring to the attention of our readers the powerful message of the late Harold Pinter regarding US Imperial Crimes against Humanity, with an introduction by Gary Kohls. KZ: The VA is underfunded for two reasons. We will put as many monkey wrenches in the wheels of Venezuela, Cuba and Bolivia, etc., so that they fail. “The state continues to ignore the existential crisis faced by millions of workers.”. Baraka serves on the Executive Committee of the U.S. Peace Council and leadership body of the United National Anti-War Coalition (UNAC). All these crashes are showing that we need to move toward much more of a collective approach to our economy, much more of a planned approach to the economy, actually much more of an eco-socialist approach. One IDF Soldier said when he shoots a knee, he saves the shell and has them on his bookshelf so he can keep a count of how many knees. The PCHRs’ recognizes that the oppressed can petition, expose, get resolutions passed or establish commissions of inquiry, but ultimately the realization of human rights can only be achieved when there is a fundamental alteration of the relations of power and the people rule. And this week we focused on healthcare and both kind of a short-term and a long-term vision. You mentioned Covid-19. Actually no. Climate change, homelessness, poverty healthcare, debt. They have a Communication Network, they are coordinating with the Centers for Disease Control and prevention. And political rights Alfred de Zayas. The pharmaceutical industry. While trillions of dollars were transferred to the corporate sector though the CARES Act meant to support the economy through the crisis, the state continues to ignore the existential crisis faced by millions of workers. However, the ease in which the narrative was refocused toward dead-end policy issues and an anti-Trumpism by the liberal corporate press was troubling. And when I was at Harvard, I thought that we lawyers had a certain social responsibility that we should not just be positivists, but we should try to advance an ethical view of law and to apply law to do justice As I say the so-called rule of law has to evolve into a rule of justice. What you have to look at the coronavirus and the oil war as triggers. And what is the response from the state that is tasked with the responsibility to promote and protect the fundamental human rights of its population? AZ: Very much so, unless people like you, unless people like Amy Goodman and democracy now, and the real news, and Jeffrey Sachs, and many many others who think like I do… If gradually there is a consciousness that we are really not the good guys. He was recently awarded the US Peace Memorial 2019 Peace Prize and the Serena Shirm award for uncompromised integrity in journalism. There would be calls for international prosecutions and even a change in government if any other state outside of the U.S. so egregiously violated its responsibility to protect the human rights of its population. The Venezuelan regime led by Nicolás Maduro has committed “egregious violations” since 2014 “amounting to crimes against humanity,” a United Nations report published Wednesday says. He could afford shaping the economy of his country, and you know, building houses, you know, 3 million units of houses for Venezuelan families, who otherwise would have lived in shantytowns, etc. This week at Popular Resistance, our newsletter focused on the 2020s as a decade of opportunity because of all the crises were facing, although nobody expected the crises to really peak the way they are so quickly. He’s really taken strong position on lots of issues and especially on the issues of There are Israeli Defense Force soldiers who count how many Palestinians they’ve shot in their knees. And now with regard to Covid-19, what I would like to see is that the American non-governmental organizations,that American Civil Society stand up and say to the government, stop this madness of arms race. It was recently confirmed that the former president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, won the last presidential election in October. Now the violations of human rights since ever Morales’ departure, has been been lethal, and there has been very little of condemnation in the so-called mainstream media. And so I think that there has been this worker revolt growing and that’s what we need in this time to make sure that these industries just don’t get a free pass. Al Hassan is charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Timbuktu, Mali, between 1 April 2012 and 28 January 2013. Elderly and chronically ill. And then you have the Veterans Administration for veterans really? Möller, N.P. All these issues are just incredible. — The decision to drive workers back to work despite inadequate protections and a gross disregard for their lives in industries like meat processing, which were experiencing high levels of COVID-19 infections among the largely African American migrant work force. And so workers this time around are saying we’re not going to tolerate that and you know, for instance the airline industry has been hit really hard. And he failed. It’s really a shame that Sanders is kind of out of the running now because it has to be perfect time for him to be making the case for Medicare for all. We’ve also seen wildcat strikes where they’re not sanctioned by the union. The United States Government through overt actions has made decisions that endanger the people of the world. Now with regard to Venezuela the Human Rights Council here in Geneva has condemned repeatedly the imposition of unilateral coercive measures. The BAP call was quickly followed up with a communication from groups and individuals from around the world to the UN Human Rights Council making a similar call but with the focus being primarily on the issue of police killings and impunity. Many of the definitional developments in crimes against humanity since they were first codified in the Charter of the International Military Tribunal, such as the addition of apartheid, torture, and enforced disappearance, reflect developments in human rights law. MF: We will definitely share those Of course, while the price of oil is very , Chavez could afford to do his thing. In fact, the only part of our health system… and really the United States is divided into several health systems. It’s not just a homicide. And one of the things that the press is not informing the people about, is that Evo Morales actually was enormously successful on the economic plain, meaning the GDP of Bolivia quadrupled and the standard of living of the population improved by a factor of three. Because they see the time the hour of the great gu thing is at hand. Out of a violation of law, you cannot derive any rights. You had 191 state holding with the resolution ordering the lifting of the sanctions against Cuba, and two countries abstaining, the United States and Israel. You’re not going to ever have a fair treatment. You have here a crime against humanity, with tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of victims, to the international criminal court. The airline companies are calling for a bailout and the airline unions are saying you don’t get bailed out unless we actually get bailed out, unless the workers are protected. The elites, the 1%, want to retain their power. KZ: That’s the key. And so we looked at that this week, around the coronavirus and healthcare. Those are depression levels. First published in December 2014. So it’s not indirect actually. They were actually quite popular and the people of Cuba did not blame the Castro Brothers for their lack of consumer goods, their lack of luxury goods, their lack of televisions and computers and other things. Unfair judges making racially unfair decisions… probation, parole, every step of the way. Make reparations for instance to the people of Syria. They’re able to be really agile. In September, the United Nations’ top human rights body accused Maduro and his inner circle of participating in “crimes against humanity.” The U.N. Human Rights Council also called for … You have the insurance-based part. And why are they happy? Alternatively, the United Nations Security Council can also refer a matter for investigation. The lesson here and the space that still exists on this issue is that the focus by civil society groups, and even the African Group, on the issue of police killings allowed the U.S. to argue that this issue did not raise to the level that required an international inquiry, which has been reserved for more egregious human rights crimes. The problem is that that constitutes a model. De Zayas is an expert for civil and political rights and has published nine books on a variety of legal and historical issues, including “United Nations Human Rights Committee Case Law” (together with Jakob th. And people without water can’t do the basics that are needed to prevent the virus like washing their hands. MF: Another area that people are really pushing on is prison reform because of course prisoners are at a very high risk for Covid-19. Because that’s really one of the key distinctions between a depression or recession is length of time the Great Depression lasted multiple years. They are making big profits as a result of these So the United States wanted to build a canal in the province of Colombia called Panama. for instance, the United States had given the declaration under article 36 of the statute of the International Court of Justice, which accepted automatically ipso facto the jurisdiction of the international court of justice vis-a-vis the United States. Etc. Both are committed to the dollar, the almighty dollar. But how many have perished in the year 2019? So everything that has been done by way of social legislation by Morales will be thrown out. More than two weeks ago the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) called for United Nations scrutiny related to the ongoing and deepening human rights crisis in the U.S. Just unfathomable numbers, and the real issue with this is how long will it last. Being very divided. And the United States happily went through and executed them. It goes further than that, its government run hospitals and government paid doctors and other health professionals. Mr. de Zayas was born in Cuba, but he is a citizen of the United States and he went to law school at Harvard. Throwing a rock is about it… The idea is that they will create such chaos in the country that the people will will rebel against their socialist leaders. That is exactly what’s happened. The difference is one is going to be neoliberal with giving lip service to human rights, and the other guys going to be neoliberal but doesn’t bother to give lip service to human rights. And I wanted to comment on one thing you said because you mentioned how the Veterans Health Administration is struggling because it’s being underfunded and I think that’s a fear that people have is that if we move to a national publicly financed system that maybe it wouldn’t be funded. At work we’re doing nothing to prepare for that or put that kind of program place. This article was posted on Friday, June 26th, 2020 at 5:27am and is filed under Black Lives Matter, Capitalism, COVID-19, Crimes against Humanity, Donald Trump, Health/Medical, Human Rights, Police brutality, United Nations, . They see if the right-wing actually wins the elections in May, that then there’s going to be a privatization of everything and the multinationals will be able to march in. “Donald Trump and members of his administration have committed innumerable crimes against the United States,” said Pascrell. Thank you so much for taking time to speak with us today. We do not want a successful model of socialism in Latin America, and we will make the economy scream, meaning we will impose all sorts of direct or indirect sanctions that will be economic war against Chile. They blamed the financial blockade. Mr. de Zayas So it’s not even a democracy now. The focus of the inquiry would be to investigate systemic racism, systemic violence against African Americans, impunity, and the disproportionate use of police force against Africans and People of African Descent in the United States and other parts of the world. KZ: Well, that is the root of it. But really the the virus has shown how our system does not really work to protect Public Health. No, we will not allow ourselves to be put on the dock, so they pulled out of that one. Therefore there’s no organ that will oblige the Europeans, or obliged for the countries to observe international law. As militant civil rights leader Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (formerly H. Rap Brown) pointed out years ago, “Violence is as American as cherry pie.” Sanctions do kill and when the number of victims reaches a very high number… the study of Professor Jeffrey Sachs with regard to Venezuela, and this concerned only the year 2018, the estimate is that the consequence of the sanctions in Venezuela was the death of 40,000 people. But the sanctions of the United States are like collective punishment I mean the intent is to destabilize the economy of Cuba, of Venezuela, of whatever country that dares try another economic model that is not the neoliberal American economic model. You didn’t have this, how we say, rough —- for marijuana, which went through Cuba in 1959. Those are being exposed more clearly during this virus and I think we not only have to act from the short term but we really have to act in the long run. He has received several awards, most recently the “Educators Award 2011” of Canadians for Genocide Education. MF: There’s a one thing that we need to mention because it’s not being talked about in the news, but in Palestine the Israeli Defense Forces police killed ten thousand Palestinians since 2000. So we did it for during the coronavirus. However, in blatant disregard for that right, the Trump Administration, with the full cooperation of the corporate sector, advocated opening the economy amid rising cases of COVID-19. He is fluent in six languages and has published a book of Rilke translations with commentary (“Larenopfer”, Red Hen Press 2008) and is completing the translation of Hermann Hesse’s “Das Lied des Lebens”. 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