Pinochet as Precedent
Pinochet's arrest must be followed through and further measures immediately
undertaken so that his arrest and trial set an international precedent. There
could be no better follow-up than the speedy arrest of Radovan Karadzic and
General Ratko Mladic, Bosnian Serb war criminals indicted in July of 1995 for
'Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and Violations of the Law or Customs of War'
by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. This should be
followed by the issuing of an international arrest warrant for their mentor,
Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, against whom there exists an overwhelming
prima facie case for indictment on similar charges. Over three years have
elapsed since the warrants were issued for Karadzic and Mladic. They remain at
large owing to the refusal of 'peacekeeping' troops in Bosnia to take the step
that Britain has now taken against Pinochet. Milosevic, who was publicly named
by the US Acting Secretary of State in 1992 as a suspected war criminal, is not only free but remains the privileged interlocutor of
Western governments intent on imposing 'peace' at any price on his victims. For
those who failed to learn the bloody lessons of the war against
Bosnia-Herzegovina, the burning fields of Kosovo should serve as a reminder of
the consequences of letting crimes against humanity go unpunished. International
law gives democratic society the means to defend itself against barbarism. What
is now needed is simply the courage to act.
From Statement by International Union of Food Workers (Geneva)
The doctrine of sovereign immunity would mean that if Milosevic comes here, if
other dictators come here, under the present law they probably could shelter
under this doctrine.
Donald Anderson MP, chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the House of
It would be preposterous to let off a head of state and not his lieutenants.
International Commission of Jurists