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March 24, 2005

U.S. May Veto UN Vote on Schiavo

BushUNITED NATIONS (RBN) - France is to put to a vote on Thursday a U.N. resolution referring the Schiavo case to the International Criminal Court, daring Washington to cast an embarrassing veto or accept a judgement by a court it opposes.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday refused to order Terri Schiavo's feeding tube reinserted, rejecting a desperate appeal by her parents to keep their severely brain-damaged daughter alive. The U.N. Security Council has been deadlocked on where to refer the case to the ICC as a possible crime against humanity.

France's U.N. ambassador, Jean-Marc de la Sabliere, had introduced a draft resolution that would refer the Schiavo case to the ICC, the world's first permanent criminal court, as recommended by a U.N. panel of experts.

But the United States offered to create a new U.N.-Florida State tribunal in Miami that has drawn little support, with several council members arguing that only the ICC already has investigators on staff ready to begin work.

The Bush administration objects to this court, set up in The Hague to try war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. It fears U.S. citizens could face politically motivated prosecutions.

However, a U.S. veto could send a signal to the United States courts that legal officials and judges were safe from punishment in the Schiavo case, where arguments are escalating, thousands have demonstrated and millions of people have voiced religious concerns about the case.

Uncertain yet is whether nine Security Council members will vote in favor of the ICC, the minimum needed to adopt a resolution in the 15-member council. If there are not enough votes, the United States would be spared a veto.

The Bush administration, in the forefront of trying to get action on the Schiavo case, sought to break the deadlock on Tuesday by denying international relevance of the case and referring it back to Florida.

Posted by b on March 24, 2005 at 11:10 AM | Permalink

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Nice touch, b.

Le Monde describes the Darfur resolutions situation as a new crisis between France and the US:

La crise qui couvait depuis des semaines a fini par éclater. Un texte français contre un texte américain. Pendant les consultations du Conseil de sécurité sur le Darfour, l'ambassadeur de France, Jean-Marc de la Sablière, a sorti de sa poche, mercredi 23 mars, un projet de résolution déférant les crimes commis dans cette province du Soudan à la Cour pénale internationale (CPI) de La Haye, alors que les Etats-Unis répètent qu'ils sont opposés à cette formule qui légitime une instance qu'ils ne reconnaissent pas.

Mercredi soir, les diplomates se demandaient comment Washington allait sortir de ce dilemme : soit s'abstenir et entériner, de fait, la Cour pénale internationale. Soit opposer un veto et se voir accuser de faire le jeu, pour des raisons idéologiques, des responsables des exactions au Darfour. Le camp des partisans de la CPI n'était pas non plus totalement sûr de sa stratégie. Devant l'enjeu ­ diviser une nouvelle fois le Conseil et assombrir la réconciliation transatlantique ­, les Européens attendaient les résultats d'une concertation à haut niveau dans leurs capitales respectives pour savoir si le texte français serait soumis au vote.

Le Conseil discute depuis deux mois d'un texte américain à trois volets qui prévoit la création d'une mission de maintien de la paix dans le sud du Soudan, l'adoption de sanctions individuelles contre les responsables des milices, et enfin le jugement des auteurs des crimes contre l'humanité qui ont été identifiés par une commission internationale d'enquête en février.

L'ampleur du texte a jusqu'à présent empêché son adoption. Mardi, les Etats-Unis ont décidé de scinder la démarche. Ils ont présenté trois textes, en demandant un vote dès jeudi sur le plus facile, la création d'une force de 10 000 casques bleus. Aussitôt, les Français ont présenté leur texte. Une démarche "très déterminée"de soutien à la CPI, a déclaré l'ambassadeur, selon lequel "il fallait agir et la France a pris ses responsabilités".


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L'ambassadeur britannique, Emyr Jones Parry, estime pour sa part que les Européens ont "fait de nombreux efforts" pour s'assurer que le texte prenne en considération les inquiétudes américaines, ne serait-ce que parce qu'il prévoit une exemption de poursuites pour les citoyens de pays n'ayant pas souscrit au traité de Rome. Si ces derniers participent à des missions au Soudan, ils ne pourront pas être poursuivis devant la CPI.
Neuf pays sur les quinze du Conseil ont adhéré à la CPI. La Chine et les Etats-Unis n'en sont pas. Les Français estiment qu'une dizaine de pays soutiennent leur démarche même s'il n'est pas sûr, au moment du vote, que tous aient envie de s'opposer aux Américains.

Il semble que la Russie, la Chine et l'Algérie soient plutôt favorables à l'approche américaine. L'Argentine, le Bénin, le Brésil, la Grande-Bretagne, le Danemark, la Grèce, la Roumanie et la Tanzanie se rangeraient derrière l'initiative française, tandis que le Japon et les Philippines seraient indécis.

L'ambassadeur désigné par le président Bush, John Bolton, un farouche opposant de la justice internationale, n'a pas encore pris ses fonctions. Le porte-parole américain, Richard Grenell, a assuré qu'en tout état de cause la position de son pays sur la CPI était "bien connue" et qu'elle n'avait"pas changé". Les Etats-Unis, qui ont été à l'origine de la création de la commission internationale d'enquête, ont proposé un tribunal ad hoc sur le modèle de ceux pour l'ex-Yougoslavie et le Rwanda, mais les autres pays ont jugé une telle solution coûteuse et inutile.

La commission internationale d'enquête avait conclu fin janvier que, si elle ne pouvait employer le terme de génocide, des crimes de guerre et des crimes contre l'humanité avaient certainement été commis au Darfour, où l'ONU estime à plus de 100 000 le nombre de victimes de l'épuration ethnique. La commission a dressé une liste de 70 criminels de guerre présumés, tenue secrète et qui attend dans le coffre-fort de Kofi Annan qu'une décision ait été prise sur la juridiction à laquelle elle doit être confiée.

Corine Lesnes

Posted by: Jérôme | Mar 24, 2005 11:28:32 AM | 1

via Reuters

Posted by: b | Mar 24, 2005 11:31:42 AM | 2

de la Sablière on the Chiavo case, B, tooo apt.

Embarassed laughter.

(sablière = sand pit, sablier = hour-glass)

Posted by: Blackie | Mar 24, 2005 11:51:53 AM | 3

cartoon - life support

Posted by: b real | Mar 24, 2005 2:21:27 PM | 4

It's really amazing that this case could go before the UN by a group that hates the UN.

It's really amazing that this case could go before the UN when there are pictures and testimony and victims who can talk about the torture they and others endured under the Bush regime.

It's really amazing that Gonzalez can say the Geneva Conventions don't matter, the Bill of rights don't matter, propaganda reporting doesn't matter...

but this case can be brought before the UN???

Will someone please wake me up from this nightmare?

Posted by: fauxreal | Mar 24, 2005 6:29:31 PM | 5

Major snark B!

Posted by: NeoLotus | Mar 24, 2005 9:29:28 PM | 6

Huh? I am confused.

Posted by: stoy | Mar 24, 2005 9:30:45 PM | 7

The shortest list of 2005:Politicians who haven't used the Schiavo case for self promotion and/or to further their political ends. BushCo will be pissed at any UN intervention as it will take the oomph out of their attempt to discredit the entire US judiciary. I'm sure this whole affair is just a prelude to some concerted attack on US citizens protection under the law. The superstitious Bush supporters will see this as the US Supreme Court endorsing the murder of that poor woman and won't blink an eye at erosion of judicial indepenence.
The dreaded French getting involved will really upset that mob because they will support the sentiment but abhor the attack on US sovereignty, but of course the attempt to involve the UN makes a mockery of any claims by the French Ambassador to be acting in the interests of the family. The family interest really lies in everyone else getting the hell outta their business and the woman being allowed to die in peace. All this pandering to the irrational grief displayed by some elements of the family merely serves to worsen a tragedy. If every politician in christendom hadn't jumped on the bandwagon this woman would have passed away years ago, the family would have worked thru their grief and hopefully have come to terms with it and would be back to living 'normal' lives.

Posted by: Debs is dead | Mar 24, 2005 9:48:57 PM | 8

interesting new thoughts by billmon; you all know where.

i'm indeed very sympathetic. I had to take a break- get out- after the election. stop shouting in the echo chamber and actually try to do something... even in the face of futility- for the selfish part of me as much for the good of anyone else.

anyway, just wanted to point it out. and hey all you patrons- i have been checking in now and again, i'm glad to see you're all still here. i'm just stopping in for a shot right now, but perhaps i'll be back for a pint or two down the road.

cheers-

Posted by: æ | Mar 24, 2005 10:18:01 PM | 9

Oh, please. Tell me this is satire. I can't tell any more.

Posted by: Ferdzy | Mar 24, 2005 10:30:23 PM | 10

It's satire; follow the link in b's post at 11:31 AM.

Posted by: Blind Misery | Mar 24, 2005 10:54:48 PM | 11

@ Debs is dead

I do believe you are on track. I was listening to Limbaugh last night while driving home and he was ranting about how these damn un-elected judges are running the country.

As Billmon pointed out, Rove and his gang are very good at what they are doing. The worst part is that you can never overestimate them, they really do make their own realities.

Posted by: dan of steele | Mar 25, 2005 6:52:38 AM | 12

Bernhard - In these times, so many extremely improbable things happen, or are said in the press to happen, that it really would be useful for you to label it when something is creative fiction. Not all of us here keep track of the news on an hour-to-hour basis, and so I can see why someone would wonder whether or not this is satire.

Posted by: mistah charley | Mar 25, 2005 11:02:29 AM | 13

mistah charley and fauxreal,
I have long distrusted news from RBN - reality based news. You might be wise to do the same :)

Posted by: A swedish kind of death | Mar 25, 2005 11:09:05 AM | 14

Suddenly I feel like an having...Onion! Be back in a few.

Posted by: stoy | Mar 25, 2005 2:49:49 PM | 15

The satirical goes proactive.

Posted by: beq | Mar 25, 2005 3:25:19 PM | 16

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