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Magda Hassan
09-24-2009, 02:36 AM
An insidious attack on justice and openess. It is now aparently impossible for researchers and interested parties to access the transcripts of the trials of the International Criminal Tribunal of the former Yugoslavia at the Hauge. Nor are they permitting the dissemination of or use of these transcripts in any research if you can get access to them. This is outrageous as was the whole charde that went on here and now they want it covered up and away from prying eyes. I have tried but been unable to register.
All pages containing the "trials"' transcriptions have been removed from the website of the "ad-hoc Tribunal" in Den Haag - ICTY.
Those documents have been apparently moved to a reserved area, which can be accessed after online registration. The documents are now protected against non-personal use and their redistribution is said to be forbidden ("without any right to ... redistribute them or to compile or create derivative works therefrom": http://icr.icty.org/Registerform.aspx?e=dr21qt55jqrk1y55lgjqqsy4 (http://icr.icty.org/Registerform.aspx?e=dr21qt55jqrk1y55lgjqqsy4) ).
These measures are nothing but the newest demonstration of the non-transparent and non-legal nature of the "ad-hoc Tribunal". We tried to register ourselves and get access to the pages, but without success. We invite all interested people to try registering themselves and to let us know if they can finally access the ICTY archive, or not.

Thanks.

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Magda Hassan
09-25-2009, 02:26 AM
From an email this morning on this matter.
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The ICTY has adopted the same policy as the Rwanda tribunal which does not
post transcripts of the trials at all. None of the trial transcripts of
the illegal Rwanda trials are available to the public and never have been
available.

My position has been for a long time that unless the prisoners at both of
these illegal tribunals get together and condemn them, together, as a
system of imperial US and Nato oppression there is no point in complaining
about the actions of one of them.

Christopher Black
Chair, legal committee, ICDSM

Carsten Wiethoff
09-25-2009, 05:59 AM
Yeah, many of the more unpleasant files of the South African Truth Commission are also available only, because they have been leaked by a dutch underground site.

I sincerely hope that Barack Obama can affect change regarding this policy for the upcoming United States Truth Commission.

Carsten