The Russell Tribunal on Palestine - Barcelona Session
Launched on March 4, 2009, "The Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RTP) seeks to reaffirm the primacy of international law (to settle) the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (by focusing on) the enunciation of law by authoritative bodies (and) address(ing) the failure of application of law even though it has been so clearly identified. (It begins where the International Court of Justice) stopped: highlighting the responsibilities arising from the enunciation of law, including those of the international community, which cannot continue to shirk its obligations."
RTP is part of the BRussell Tribunal, named after famed philosopher, mathematician, and anti-war/anti-imperialism activist Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970), who warned over 50 years ago:
"Shall we put an end to the human race, or shall mankind renounce war" and live in peace, because there's no other choice.
Established in 1967, the BRussell Tribunal investigated Vietnam war crimes, more recently Iraq war ones and Bush administration imperialism continued under Obama. RTP exposes decades of Israeli crimes against Palestinian civilians, calling for an end to colonialism, occupation and apartheid and for justice, equality, and peace.
The First Barcelona Session (March 1 - 3)
Hosted and endorsed by the Barcelona National Support Committee and Office of the Mayor of Barcelona, under the honorary presidency of Stephane Hessel, a jury of distinguished legal experts and human rights activists heard reports from authoritative experts on issues including:
-- the right to Palestinian self-determination;
-- illegal settlements and plundering Palestinian natural resources;
-- annexing East Jerusalem;
-- the Separation Wall; and
-- the EU/Israel Association Agreement
-- Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Nobel Peace laureate, 1976;
-- Ronald Kasrils, writer and activist;
-- Michael Mansfield, attorney and President of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, UK;