Final Tribunal Prospectus

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>The First Session of the
>International Peoples=92 Tribunal=20
>on Human Rights and the Environment
>Sustainable Development in the Context of Globalization
>a project of African Services Committee, Inc.
>28 East 35th Street, New York, NY 10016
>Telephone: 212/683-5019 or 212/683-5021=20
>Fax: 212/779-2862 =20
>E-mail: peoples_tribunal@juno.com
>Website: http://www.idc.net/intlpeoplestribunal
>and http://www.serve.com/africanserve/
>
>Invitation to Participate
>
>A historic coalition of international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
>is now forming, cognizant of the interlinkage of human rights and the
>environment and the need for a forum for presentation, discussion and
>advocacy of the practices necessary to achieve globally sustainable
>development. The vision of the International Peoples' Tribunal emerged
>during the 5th Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable
>Development (UN-CSD), April 7-25, 1997 in New York.
>
>The First Session of the International Peoples' Tribunal on Human Rights
>and the Environment, Sustainable Development in the Context of
>Globalization will be held at the United Nations Church Center on June
>22-23, 1997 in New York to coincide with the United Nations General
>Assembly Special Session (UNGASS), when Heads of State from around the
>world will be meeting to review implementation of Agenda 21. This Tribunal
>is an urgent response to a lack of commitment by States at the 5th Session
>of UN-CSD compounded by the effects of transnational corporations and
>accelerating globalization. We invite Non-Governmental Organizations
>(NGOs), caucuses and organizations to present cases and interventions
>demonstrating the interlinkage of human rights and the environmental on
>crucial and pivotal issues addressed or not addressed in the Rio+5 process.
>
>The Tribunal will be held on Sunday, June 22, 1997 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30
>p.m. on the 8th floor of the United Nations Church Center and will continue
>on Monday, June 23, 1997 from 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the
>Church Center located at the corner of 44th Street and 1st Avenue directly
>across the street from the United Nations. A press conference will be
>held immediately following the reading of the Decisions. =20
>
>The prospectus and appendices attached describe basic principles and
>procedures by which the Tribunal is functioning and guidelines for the
>preparation of cases and interventions. The deadline for submission of
>case summaries is June 7,1997 in order to provide equal notice to all
>parties adversely implicated in the cases. Interventions are also invited
>that address critical issues and innovative ideas for consideration; an
>advance copy must be submitted by June 15, 1997, one week before the
>Tribunal hearing to be included in the programme. Fax and e-mail is
>acceptable. =20
>
>It is our hope this Tribunal will help mobilize public opinion and serve as
>an indictment of those in the private, public and governmental sector
>violating human rights and the environment by calling attention to specific
>international laws, standards, commitments and obligations.
>
>The environment is a human rights issue, development is a human rights
>issue, and therefore both must be examined in the context of peoples=92
>struggles. All peoples have a human right to sustainable development.=20
>Please contact the Organizing Committee if you are interested in
>participating in or co-sponsoring the Tribunal. We need your help to make
>this Tribunal a success. Please share this information with other NGOs,
>caucuses, organizations and friends. We look forward to your response and
>welcome your suggestions regarding the Tribunal. =20
> =20
>Yours sincerely,
>
>Goodluck Diigbo, Chair, Human Rights Caucus =20
>NGO Steering Committee to the United Nations Commission
>on Sustainable Development (UN-CSD) =20
>Marsha Monestersky, Co-Chair, Human Rights Caucus
>NGO Steering Committee to the United Nations
>Commission on Sustainable Development (UN-CSD)
>
>Attachments: Prospectus and Appendix =20
>(IPT HRE/97/1b.1)
>
>_____________________________________________________________________
>
>The First Session of the
>International Peoples=92 Tribunal=20
>on Human Rights and the Environment
>Sustainable Development in the Context of Globalization
>
>LOGO
>
>VENUE: United Nations Church Center, 777 UN Plaza, New York, NY
>
>June 22-23, 1997
>
>(IPT HRE/97/1c)
>
>__________________________________________________________________
>
>Table of Contents
>
>Background
>Mission Statement =20
>Process for Identification of Cases
>Invitation to Participate
>Sponsors
>Invitation to Co-Sponsor
>Process for Identification of Tribunal Members
>Notification and Participation in the Tribunal
>Agenda
>Tribunal Contacts
>Acknowledgments
>Services
>Organizing Committee Members
>Honorary Advisors
>Appendix
>__________________________________________________________________
>
>The First Session of the
>International Peoples=92 Tribunal=20
>on Human Rights and the Environment
>Sustainable Development in the Context of Globalization
>
>
>Background
>
>The First Session of the International Peoples=92 Tribunal on Human Rights
>and the Environment Sustainable Development in the Context of Globalization
>will be held June 22-23, 1997 in New York during the United Nations General
>Assembly Special Session (UNGASS). Heads of State from around the world
>will gather to review progress in the implementation of Agenda 21.
>
>June 1997 will mark five years since the United Nations Conference on
>Environment and Development (UNCED) met in Rio de Janeiro and negotiated
>the Declaration of Rio. Its vision has been slow in coming and given the
>accelerating pace of the globalization process, environmental degradation,
>the persistence of poverty and the growing gap between developed and
>developing countries, the comprehensive implementation of Agenda 21 remains
>vitally important. It is even more urgent now than ever to shift the
>developed countries from their consumptive course to one of renewal and
>sustainability.=20
>
>Human rights and environmental sustainability are indivisible and
>interconnected in a systemic way. Baselines by which each country will be
>held accountable by the Tribunal include: the 27 principles proclaimed in
>the UNCED; the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the Universal
>Declaration of the Rights of Peoples; the Vienna Declaration and Programme
>of Action; and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.=20
>
>Mission Statement
>
>The vision for the International Peoples=92 Tribunal on Human Rights and=
the >Environment emerged during the 5th Session of the United Nations Commission
>on Sustainable Development (UN-CSD), April 7-25, 1997 in New York. An
>historic coalition of international Non-Governmental Organizations is now
>forming, cognizant of the interlinkage of human rights and the environment
>and the need for a forum for presentation, discussion and advocacy of the
>practices necessary to achieve globally sustainable development. =20
>
>World leaders have admitted there is an environmental crisis. In order for
>development to be directed towards sustainability and environmental
>accountability, it must be considered within a human rights perspective.=20
>The international community has too often affirmed human rights issues
>merely as goals or objectives without taking any action to regulate the new
>economic structures of globalization, liberalization and developmental
>aggression which are leading to increased land loss, evictions,
>displacement, disempowerment, homeless-ness, poverty, marginalization and
>environmental degradation. The vision of Rio, 5 years from now, must
>include genuine corporate accountability. Too often governments=92=
policies, >including the CSD process, are not addressing Indigenous peoples=92 and
>vulnerable or marginalized communities=92 rights to ancestral land, their
>resources and economic systems. Too often their resources are pillaged and
>dumped on and they become the objects of research, denied free and informed
>consent before projects are undertaken or reviewed.
>
>International human rights instruments provide criteria and standards to
>ensure that governments and inter-governmental structures discharge their
>legal-binding obligation to sustainable development including: disarmament,
>decommissioning and practical difficulties of waste management of weapons
>of mass and indiscriminate destruction, monitoring and accountability of
>the private sector including transnational corporations, post-conflict
>situations, rehabilitation and reconstruction. Sustainable development
>must be integrated within the context of globalization to ensure that trade
>rules are compatible with strong and effective environmental policies. =20
>
>______________________________________________________________________
>
>Process for the Identification of Cases
>
>The cases identified will all demonstrate the interlinkage of human rights
>and the environment within the context of sustainable development and
>globalization. All cases selected will present testimonies on crucial and
>pivotal issues addressed or not addressed in the Rio+5 process.
>
>Invitation to Participate
>The environment is a human rights issue, development is a human rights
>issue and therefore must be examined in the context of peoples=92=
struggles.=20 >All peoples have a human right to sustainable development.
>
>This tribunal will provide a forum for those who have no forum. Decisions
>made by a panel of Tribunal Members will help mobilize public opinion and
>serve as an indictment of those in the private, public, governmental sector
>violating human rights and the environment by calling attention to specific
>international laws, standards, commitments and obligations.
>
>We invite cases demonstrating the interlinkage of human rights and the
>environment to participate. We also invite other NGO caucuses to present
>interventions to the panel of Tribunal members.
>
>
>Process for the Identification of Tribunal Members
>
>Tribunal Members will be selected on the basis of their international
>credibility and expertise regarding issues before the Tribunal.
>
>____________________________________________________________________
>
>Sponsors
>The Human Rights Caucus and the Peace Caucus of the NGO Steering Committee
>for the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UN-CSD) are
>hosting The First Session of the International Peoples=92 Tribunal on Human
>Rights and the Environment Sustainable Development in the Context of
>Globalization June 22-23, 1997. =20
>
>
>Invitation to Co-Sponsor
>The Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) is the main forum within
>the United Nations system for ensuring the full integration of economic and
>social development considerations with those of environmental protection.=
=20 >CSD 5 is a time to strengthen what was achieved in Rio, identify gaps and
>evaluate the status of governments implementation of the Programme of
>Action. =20
>
>Time is of the essence to reverse the deterioration trend. The role of
>NGOs is essential for the principles of Agenda 21 to be implemented.=20
>Environmentally sustainable development will only be achieved when viewed
>within the context of peoples=92 struggles and fundamental inalienable=
human >rights. =20
>
>The international NGO community is participating in, supporting and
>Co-Sponsoring this Tribunal. We invite the NGO Steering Committee to the
>United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UN-CSD) and other
>caucuses to contact their members, nominate a representative to the
>organizing committee and become a co-sponsor. Please contact the
>International Peoples=92 Tribunal for further information.
>
>
>Notification and Participation in the Tribunal
>The deadline for the submission of case summaries will be Saturday, June 7,
>1997. These summaries should be accompanied by the names and address of
>all parties identified as allegedly having an adverse impact on the rights
>of the petitioners. The Organizing Committee will be responsible for
>providing two weeks notice to all parties adversely implicated in the cases
>that will be heard by the Tribunal, providing them with copies of summaries
>in which they are so identified. They will be given an opportunity to
>respond to any allegations made against them and will be invited to make a
>written submission if they are not able to send a representative to the
>Tribunal.
>
>______________________________________________________________________
>
>Agenda
>
>Sunday, June 22, 1997
>9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
>8th Floor, UN Church Center
>
>Monday, June 23, 1997
>2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. =20
>Chapel, UN Church Center
>
>The UN Church Center is located at the corner of 44th Street and 1st
>Avenue, directly across the street from the United Nations.
>
>Tribunal Contacts=20
>
>International Peoples=92 Tribunal=20
>c/o African Services Committee, Inc.
>28 East 35th Street, New York, NY 10016
>Telephone: 212/683-5019 or 212/683-5021=20
>Fax: 212/779-2862 =20
>E-mail: peoples_tribunal@juno.com
>Website: http://www.idc.net/intlpeoplestribunal and =20
>http://www.serve.com/africanserve/
>
>Acknowledgments
>
>The Organizing Committee of the International Peoples=92 Tribunal on Human
>Rights and the Environment wishes to acknowledge contributions by Dr.
>Clarence Dias, President, International Center for Law in Development and
>Tara Krause, People=92s Decade of Human Rights Education for initial=
planning >of the Tribunal.
>
>Services
>Secretarial services funded and provided by African Services Committee,
>Inc.
>Video services provided by American Youth for Sustainable Development
>(DAYS) Borough Academies =20
>Graphic design provided by Pax Studios
>
>___________________________________________________________________
>
>Organizing Committee
>
>Goodluck Diigbo, Chair Human Rights Caucus, NGO Steering Committee to UN
>Commission on Sustainable Development (NGO/UN-CSD); Executive Director,
>Partnership for Indigenous Peoples Environment (PIPE); Steering Committee
>member, Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP); National
>President, National Youth Council of the Ogoni People (NYCOP); Served as
>First Editor, Rivers State Television (RSTV); Senior Editor, Rivers State
>Broadcasting Corporation (RSBC); Author, Path to Self-Reliance (1989);
>Secretary General, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ)-Rivers State;
>Founder, Rural Africa Non-Governmental Organization=20

>Marsha Monestersky, Co-Chair (Alternate) Human Rights Caucus and Poverty
>Eradication Caucus, NGO Steering Committee to UN Commission on Sustainable
>Development (NGO/UN-CSD); Consultant, Sovereign Dineh Nation (SDN) and
>Black Mesa Dineh Mining Action Center (BM D=92MAC)

>Dr. Delois Blakely, Peace Caucus, NGO/UN-CSD; Harlem Women International;
>Chairperson, National African American Delegation; newly-appointed Queen
>Mother of Fort Lauderdale, FL; Community Mayor, Harlem, NY =20

>Anne Zanes, Peace Caucus, NGO/UN-CSD; United Nations Representative, Peace
>Links; Board of Directors, Communications Coordination Committee for the
>United Nations

>Margaret deCaires, Human Rights Caucus, NGO/UN-CSD; Sovereign Dineh Nation
>(SDN) NY Support Group=20

>Terese Lewin, International Spanish America Media Committee, Inc. (ISAMC
>Inc.); NGO Committee on the United Nations Decade of the World=92s=
Indigenous >People; NGO Committee on the Day of the Indigenous People; Program
>Committee, Harvard Club, Harvard University=20

>Robert Kaplan, Human Rights Caucus, NGO/UN-CSD; International League for
>Human Rights=20

>Therese Chorun, Burma UN Service office; NY Affiliate, Rainforest Action
>Network; Sovereign Dineh Nation (SDN) NY Support Group

>Attorney Daniel Newman, Friends of Louis Armstrong House=20

>Marynancy Clary, Human Rights Caucus, NGO/UN-CSD; Sovereign Dineh Nation
>(SDN) NY Support Group =20

>Priscilla Felia, New York State Greens =20
>
>Honorary Advisors
>
>Dr. Clarence J. Dias
>President, International Center for Law in Development =20
>Ward Morehouse
>President, Council on International and Public Affairs, Inc.
>
>___________________________________________________________________
>
>The First Session of the
>International Peoples=92 Tribunal=20
>on Human Rights and the Environment
>Sustainable Development in the Context of Globalization=20
>
>
>APPENDIX 1
>
>PROCEDURES TO ENSURE FAIR PLAY
>
>The Tribunal session will follow the basic principles devised by the
>Permanent Peoples=92 Tribunal to ensure that its proceedings will be
>conducted in a fair and just manner. Specifically, notice will be given to
>anyone implicated in the cases and testimonies brought before the Tribunal
>alleged to have caused negative human rights and/or environmental impacts.=
=20 >All such persons will be given copies of the written case submissions and
>given the opportunity to respond either in writing or by personal
>appearance before the Tribunal, or both. The principles of equal time and
>equal opportunity will be rigidly adhered to. Copies of the final decision
>of the Tribunal will also be provided to all such persons irrespective of
>whether they have chosen to respond to the Tribunal or not. In sum, the
>Tribunal will be conducted in strict accordance to the principles of equal
>access and equal treatment.
>
>(IPT HRE/97/1d)
>
>_____________________________________________________________________
>
>The First Session of the
>International Peoples=92 Tribunal=20
>on Human Rights and the Environment
>Sustainable Development in the Context of Globalization=20
>
>APPENDIX 2
>
>GUIDELINES FOR PREPARATION OF CASE SUMMARIES
>
>1. The case summaries should not exceed 6 pages of 250 words per page.=20
>Adherence to this limitation is crucial if Tribunal Members are to be able
>to deal seriously with a large amount of materials they will receive at the
>last minute.
>
>2. The written case summaries should be able to stand on their own in
>=93making the case=94. An opportunity for oral presentations to the=
Tribunal >will also be available. However this is primarily meant to provide
>supplementary and complementary information.
>
>3. The following format for the case studies is suggested. But feel free
>to vary the format should the needs of the case so require. The format
>suggested for the case summaries comprises the following 4 parts:
>
>(i) Issues: raised by the case regarding human rights and/or
>environmental impacts arising out of unsustainable development.
>
>(ii) Facts: to support both the issues raised and the specific acts and
>practices that give rise to the issues.
>
>(iii) Impacts: both in terms of severity and scale, including where
>appropriate indirect (or consequential) impacts as well.
>
>(iv) Those Responsible: should be clearly identified-whether they are
>state or non-state actors alike and whether they operate in the
>public or private sector alike.
>
>4. In an Appendix to the 6 page case summaries, the full addresses
>(including phone, fax and e-mail where available) should be provided to
>enable the Organizing Committee of the Tribunal to give notice to those
>alleged to be responsible.
>
>(IPT HRE/97/1e)
>
>__________________________________________________________________
>
>The First Session of the
>International Peoples=92 Tribunal=20
>on Human Rights and the Environment
>Sustainable Development in the Context of Globalization
>
>
>APPENDIX 3
>
>GUIDELINES ON ORAL SUBMISSIONS TO THE TRIBUNAL
>
>All parties providing written case submissions will be offered the
>opportunity to make oral presentations to the Tribunal. The length of such
>submission will be determined on the basis of the principle of equal time
>(including extra time for translation) once it is known how many cases have
>been submitted to the Tribunal.
>
>There is no pre-set format for the oral submissions. However, the
>experience with past Tribunals indicates that such oral submissions are
>most effective when they:
>
> =B7 complement and do not duplicate the written submissions;
> =B7 emphasize personal experiences and are specific, giving concrete
>facts and details; and
> =B7 present specific demands to the Tribunal.
>
>It will be the responsibility of each group making oral submissions to
>furnish the Tribunal with a written transcript in English within 24 hours,
>if they wish it to enter the record of the Tribunal.
>
>During, or at the end of the oral submission, parties may submit, to the
>Tribunal, documentation, photographs, video tapes, or other audio visual
>materials they wish to have entered into the record of the Tribunal. Such
>materials must be submitted in duplicate, however.
>
>Parties are free to address any questions or clarifications they may have
>regarding their oral submissions, to the Organizing Committee.
>
>(IPT HRE/97/1g)
>
>_____________________________________________________________________
>
>The First Session of the
>International Peoples=92 Tribunal=20
>on Human Rights and the Environment
>Sustainable Development in the Context of Globalization=20
>
>APPENDIX 4
>
>GUIDELINES ON INTERVENTIONS BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL
>
>Each of the caucuses of the NGO Steering Committee to the United Nations
>Commission on Sustainable Development (UN-CSD) will be permitted to make an
>oral intervention to the Tribunal. The length of such intervention will be
>determined on the basis of the time available (in light of the number of
>cases to be heard) and on the principle of equal time.=20
>
>The purpose of the intervention will be to raise issues pertinent to the
>mandate of the Tribunal from the perspectives and concerns of the specific
>caucus. Such interventions must not be merely general comments. No new
>case situations can be introduced through the interventions.
>
>Similar interventions will also be permitted to any concerned organizations
>should they so desire, but the same rules pertaining to interventions by
>the caucuses will apply.
>
>Anyone wishing to make interventions should submit such intervention in
>writing to the Organizing Committee by June 15, 1997, one week before the
>Tribunal hearing.
>
>(IPT HRE/97/1h)
>
>_____________________________________________________________________
>
>
>

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