The Guardian August 22, 2001


The real face of NATO

When Slobodan Milosevic was kidnapped from Belgrade and arraigned before 
The Hague War Crimes Tribunal he was assured by Judge Richard May: "You 
will be accorded the full rights of the accused, according to international 
law."

The Hague is supposed to be a UN Tribunal but those implementing charges, 
convictions and court procedures are violating international law in many 
ways.

President Milosevic has been held in solitary confinement for weeks despite 
his protest and the official UN position which says: "Efforts addressed to 
the abolition of solitary confinement as a punishment, or to the 
restriction of its use, should be undertaken and encouraged."

Then there is the right to sleep. During the first days, the lights of his 
cell were never turned off. In addition, video cameras are trained on 
Milosevic at all times, thus providing no right to any privacy.

Then there is the right to engage legal representation of one's choice. 
After weeks of haggling one of Milosevic's Yugoslav attorneys was finally 
allowed to see him. However, the Dutch Government, acting, it says, under 
instructions from the Tribunal' has denied another Yugoslav attorney a 
visa.

The right to receive visitors. Mr Milosevic's wife has been treated like a 
criminal since coming to Holland. She has been confined to a hotel room 
when not visiting her husband from whom she is separated by a pane of 
glass. Yet the UN says, "All prisoners shall be treated with the respect 
due to their inherent dignity and value as human beings."

So, it is in this way that NATO brings its claimed "humanitarian values" to 
the world, and flagrantly violates the principles that the UN has itself 
laid down.

Is this treatment any surprise?

This is the treatment meted out to anyone who has the courage to stand up 
to NATO and defy the NATO warmongers and aggressors.

Is it an accident that Slobodan Milosevic is imprisoned in the Tribunal's 
jail located in Schevenieng, Holland, the very same village where the 
German Nazis detained members of the Dutch Resistance before shooting them 
during WW 2.

For years the media demonised Milosevic and the whole Serb nation with 
tales of horror and ethnic cleansing yet it is those who make such 
allegations who were responsible for the illegal bombing of Serbia, who 
have armed, trained and financed the fascists of the Kosovo Liberation Army 
and are using these forces to dismember the Former Yugoslav Republic of 
Macedonia.

It is NATO bombing and support of separatists that has caused tens of 
thousands of refugees.

It is NATO forces that are responsible for using depleted uranium artillery 
shells in Serbia and Kosovo, turning both territories into a radioactive 
dump?

Why are they not being charged with war crimes at The Hague?

By refusing to bow before the NATO criminals, Milosevic has done the world 
an incalculable service.

Letters of support and solidarity can be sent to Slobodan Milosevic 
addressed to:

President Slobodan Milosevic
Huis van Bewaring Pompstationsweg 46a
2597GX Den Haag
The Netherlands.

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Acknowledgement to Emperor's Clothes

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