Serbia Suing NATO for 1999 High Crimes
by Stephen Lendman
Lawyers representing the Serbian Royal Academy of Scientists and Artists are preparing to sue each of the then-20 NATO member countries - not through the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in national courts of each offending country.
Serbian lawyer Srdjan Aleksic explained, saying "(w)e believe that this is within the competence of national courts. These states violated the principles set forth in the seventh chapter of the UN Charter, which prohibits aggression against any state."
"In addition, NATO has violated chapters 5 and 6 of its own charter, since NATO is a defensive alliance, and not an offensive one."
"This is about a violation of international law, in particular conventions, which prohibit aggression and the use of force against sovereign states," adding:
US-led NATO warplanes "dropped from 10 to 15 tons of depleted uranium on the territory of the former Yugoslavia."
"The increase in the number of cancer patients has caused serious concerns. Malignant tumors are found annually in 33,000 Serbian citizens."
"Every day this terrible disease is diagnosed at least in one child in our country. Compared with 1999, the number of cancer patients has increased by five times, primarily in the south of Serbia, as well as Kosovo and Metohija."
The lawsuit also intends addressing the use of illegal cluster bombs, along with enormous environmental damage caused.
The US-led war begun on March 24, 1999 lasted 78 days, ending on June 10, causing enormous human suffering, along with widespread damage to vital infrastructure, the economy, residential neighbors and other non-military related sites.
Cities, villages and other areas were struck throughout the country, lawless aggression against a defenseless nation. Horrendous crimes of war and against humanity were committed, causing an enormous human toll.
Claims about humanitarian intervention were fabricated. Washington claimed another imperial trophy. The former Yugoslavia no longer exists.
An estimated $100 billion in damage was inflicted, environmental contamination extensive.
Large numbers were killed, injured or displaced. Two million people lost their livelihoods -many their homes and communities, most their futures.
Serbia's sovereign Kosovo territory was lost. It's now US/NATO occupied territory, home to Camp Bondsteel, one of America's largest military bases.
Stop NATO's Rick Rozoff calls the alliance "the first attempt in history to establish an aggressive global military formation" - comprising one-third of world nations as members or partners on five continents.
NATO's first three wars of aggression occurred in the former Yugoslavia - in 1995, Operation Deliberate Force against the Republika Srpska, in 1999 against Serbia and Kosovo, in 2001 the first of several assaults on Macedonia - all preceding 9/11.
Endless US-led NATO war on humanity followed the mother of all false flags, currently raging.
Operation Desert Storm in 1991, genocidal sanctions that followed, along with raping Yugoslavia was prelude for endless horrors to come.
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