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Prosecuting war criminals

As we remember imprisoned peacemakers, Xabi Agirre Aranburu argues the case for imprisoning those responsible for war crimes as a necessary step in preventing war.

The town of Stolac's position on the front-line had made it an obvious target of Serbian artillery ever since the war In Bosnia begun. One particular morning In the summer of 1992 began with the usual Serbian bombardment. This time, the shells landed, but did not explode.

Balkan Peace Team

Tandis que les grandes puissances considèrent l'ex-Yougoslavie comme pacifiée, le Balkan Peace Team, tant en Croatie qu'en République Fédérale Yougoslave témoigne des tensions existantes. Otvorene Oci ("Ouvrez les yeux": la dénomination du Team en Croatie) possède déjà un bureau à Split et en a transféré un second de Zagreb à Karlovac. Ce dernier a signalé trois attentats visant des Serbes: le 24 février (seulement annoncé en page 4 du journal local!) et deux autres les 28 février et 2 mars après une manifestation contre des Serbes revenant de République Fédérale Yougoslave à Vojnic.

Nos Affilies: Une militante de l'ARK nominée pour le Prix Nobel de la Paix.

Vesna Terselic de la Campagne anti-guerre de Croatie a été nominée pour le Prix Nobel de la Paix. Elle a été proposée par le Bureau International de la Paix, de même que Selim Beslagic, ancien bourgmestre de Tuzla, et Vesna Pesic, dirigeant de l'Alliance Civique en République Fédérale Yougoslave. Ceci a déjà eu pour conséquence de propulser Vesna (qui est membre individuelle de la WRI-IRG et coordinatrice de l'ARK) sur le devant de la scène.

RESOLUTION 1042 (1994) on deserters and draft resisters from the republics of the former Yugoslavia

1.The Assembly recalls its Resolution 984 (1992) on the crisis in the former Yugoslavia, its Resolution 1019 (1994) on the humanitarian situation and needs of the refugees, displaced persons and other vulnerable groups in the countries of the former Yugoslavia and its Recommendation 1218 (1993) on establishing an international court to try serious violations of international humanitarian law.

2.It refers to the European Parliament resolution on deserters from the armed forces of states in the former Yugoslavia adopted on 28 October 1993.

Open letter from former-Yugoslav peace groups, and WRI response

Representatives of some of the main anti-war groups in former-Yugoslavia met in St Johan, Salzburg, Austria this April. One of the documents they produced was an Open Letter to Peace Movements, written in a private capacity, rather than in the name of their groups.

Support for Deserters and Draft Resisters From Former Yugoslavia International Deserters Network

On 4-6 March, 19 people from 10 European countries met to discuss the situation of draft resisters and deserters seeking asylum. This has become a major issue in Europe with the large numbers of refugees from the war in former-Yugoslavia, especially as several governments insist that Croatia and Serbia are not part of the war zone.

Yugoslavia: Stop the War appeal crosses borders

Intellectuals from the warring republics of Yugoslavia have signed a joint Proposal to Stop the War. They see no possibility for the peace negotiations in the Hague to succeed until the question of reaching a ceasefire is separated from negotiations about a peace treaty and the ultimate borders in Yugoslavia. The urgent need is to stop the fighting and to create conditions of stability where a longer term agreement could be discussed. They propose six elements on which a ceasefire could be based. These include

Can pacifists do anything to stop the war in Yugoslavia?

The only telephone number I know by heart outside Yugoslavia is the War Resisters’ International office in London. This is for a very simple reason: there is always somebody there to receive and spread information, to listen and to understand, to help by giving information we need, and to talk as friends.

Our analysis, reports, warnings about the situation, and questions are always first sent to WRI. Again for a simple reason: the efficiency and the high level of ability to understand.

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