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following campaign was launched on May 13, 1999 to gain support for a Dear Colleague
letter urging the indictiment of Slobodan Milosevic
ACTION NEEDED TO CONTACT SPECIFIC HOUSE MEMBERS WHO HAVE NOT SIGNED CARDIN
LETTER URGING THE INDICTMENT OF MILOSEVIC
Below are House Members who have supported previous resolutions urging for
the indictment of Milosevic but have NOT signed the current Cardin letter. If
your representative is listed below, we urge you to call them today. Full details
about the resolution and the letter follow the list of House Members.
Original cosponsors of H.Con.Res. 304 NOT on the
Cardin letter (Legislation passed last year by Congress expressing the sense of
Congress that Slobodan Milosevic is a war criminal and that the U.S. should make
compilation of evidence of his deeds a provision of this evidence to the International
Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia a high priority)
Carolyn Maloney (NY,
14th) (202) 225-7944*
Bill Pascrell (NJ, 8th) (202) 225-5751*
Robert Menendez (NJ, 13th) (202) 225-7919*
Tom Lantos (CA, 12th) (202)
Carolyn McCarthy (NY, 4th) (202) 225-5516
(IL,10th) (202) 225-4835*
George Miller (CA, 7th) (202) 225-2095*
Joel Hefley (CO. 5th) (202) 225-4422
Barney Frank (MA, 4th) (202)
Dana Rohrabacher (CA,45th) (202) 225-4125
Original cosponsors of War Crimes Prosecution Facilitation
Act NOT on Cardin letter
(Legislation prohibiting U.S. foreign assistance
to: 1) Any country that fails to apprehend an indicted war criminal in its territory.
2) Any program or activity in such country in which an indicted war criminal may
have a financial interest. 3) Any program in any country where local officials
not complying with Dayton Accords.)
Frank Wolf (VA, 10th) (202) 225-5136*
Sam Gejendson (CT, 2nd) (202) 225-2076*
Pete Stark (CA, 13th) (202)
Lynn Woolsey (CA, 6th) (202) 225-5161*
(FL, 20th) (202) 225-7931*
Lane Evans (IL,17th) (202) 225-5905
Howard Berman (CA, 26th) (202) 225-4695*
Elijah Cummings (MD, 7th)
Jerrold Nadler (NY, 8th) (202) 225-5635
(NY, 18th) (202) 225-6506*
John Lewis (GA, 5th) (202) 225-3801*
Chris Shays (CT, 4th) (202) 225-5541
Ken Bentsen (TX, 25th) (202)
Bobby Rush (IL, 1st) (202) 225-4372*
are also members of the Human Rights Caucus
CONTACT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO SIGN LETTER URGING THE PRESIDENT
TO WORK TOWARDS
INDICTMENT OF SLOBODAN MILOSEVIC
Congressmen Ben Cardin, Chris
Smith and Steny Hoyer are seeking the signatures of fellow members of the House
of Representatives on the following letter to President Clinton. Please call members
of the House of Representatives and urge them to sign on. If you don't have telephone
numbers of particular members, you can call the main switchboard at the Capitol
(225-3121) and ask to be connected to a particular office.
as soon as you can because they would like to get the letter out as soon as possible.
To date, the letter has been signed by Congressmen Henry Waxman, Tom Coburn, Jim
Moran, Peter King, Martin Frost, Luis Gutierrez, and Ed Markey. When you call
all you need ask is that Congressman sign on to the war crimes letter being circulated
by Congressmen Cardin-Hoyer-Smith. Thanks. If you have questions, please call
(202) 662-1684 or 662-1595.
The Coalition for International Justice
Friends of Bosnia
May ____, 1999
Dear Mr. President:
Over the past few weeks, the
world community has again been horrified by the unconscionably brutal actions
of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic against the civilian population of Kosovo.
These actions are part of a pattern of human rights atrocities which constitute
the worst abuses Europe has seen in half a century.
As you know, the House
of Representatives passed legislation last September, by an overwhelming vote
of 369 to 1, stating the belief of Congress that Slobodan Milosevic is responsible
for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. The Senate adopted by unanimous
consent identical language in S.Con.Res. 105. These resolutions called for action
by our government, especially in providing information, that could lead to the
public indictment of Milosevic for these crimes by the International Criminal
Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.
Since then, President
Milosevic has rejected efforts of the United States and the international community
to bring peace to Kosovo. Instead, he has prosecuted a genocidal campaign against
the population of Kosovo, using military and paramilitary forces to terrorize
the Kosovars. The result has been an international tragedy involving hundreds
of thousands of refugees, untold human suffering, and turmoil throughout the region.
In fact, a team of investigators for the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICTY
working in regions bordering Kosovo has encountered reports of mass killings,
summary executions, systematic rapes and homes being pillaged and burned. U.S.
Ambassador at Large for War Crimes David Scheffer and Assistant Secretary of State
Harold Hongju Koh have reported similar findings based on their first-hand interviews
in the region.
Mr. President, the Dayton Agreement rightly included provisions
that excluded war criminals from the electoral process in Bosnia. Clearly, post-conflict
normalization and democratization will not be successful where war criminals make
policy and are treated as legitimate interlocutors by the international community.
This is no less true in Serbia then it was in Bosnia; resolution of the conflict
in Kosovo can be fully achieved only by including measures to bring Mr. Milosevic
to justice. We therefore reiterate our strong belief that the United States should
take appropriate action to facilitate the investigation, public indictment and
trial of President Milosevic as a war criminal by the ICTY.
by the ICTY must be supported and augmented by the international community of
nations. As Tribunal President Judge Gabrielle Kirk McDonald said, "While the
Tribunal has the mandate to investigate, prosecute and conduct trials, it cannot
do so without the active assistance of the States of the international community."
The United States has played a crucial role in NATO's action in Yugoslavia. Now
we can lead by example by actively compiling evidence of Milosevic's deeds and
providing all documentation to the prosecutor's office at the Tribunal.
To expedite action by the Tribunal against President Milosevic, we urge you to
work towards his public indictment, to cooperate fully with the ICTY and to provide
it with all information relevant to its investigation. Many of us have differing
views on the current military action in Kosovo, but on the question of Milosevic's
public indictment and support of the Tribunal, we are united. We urge that coordinated
action be taken by U.S. Government agencies to assemble, review and where necessary
declassify, and provide the ICTY with all information relevant to a possible indictment
of Slobodan Milosevic. In our judgment, full cooperation with the ICTY entails
specific measures to ensure that adequate direction and resources are committed
by your Administration to support the Tribunal's important work.
has already expressed its overwhelming support for this course of action by adopting
both H.Con.Res. 304 and S.Con.Res. 105. We look forward to learning that the Administration
is actively pursuing the measures described above, and to working with you to
ensure that Milosevic is brought to justice by the Tribunal.