Ecuador: World Youth Court ruled against crimes of imperialism

Quito, December 12th, (Andes).- At the 18th World Festival of Youth and Students that is taking place in Ecuador, the youth’s international court of human rights sentenced past and present crimes committed directly and indirectly by imperialism. The court called for the people to hold all agents involved in these acts to be tried and sentenced in order to provide compensation for the damages they caused.

The crimes include war, military occupations, assassinations, incitement, use of weapons of mass destruction, destruction of the environment and human rights violations. The court resolved that the reported cases reveal crimes made by the United States and its accomplices, NATO countries. These violations include economic embargoes and terrorist acts by way of criminal organizations.

“War and genocide are considered crimes against humanity not subject to time limitations. They have violated international agreements and treaties including those that are part of U.S. policy. Nations must call for its conviction in all areas as well as the indictment of those who are responsible, thereby promoting the application of human rights in order to guarantee peace and international justice,” the statement sustains.

Similarly, the court urges authorities from all nations to denounce personas non gratas in their countries to the officials of the offending nations, and to declare this as an ethical sentence in order to meet the objectives of justice.

Among the crimes that the youth’s international court of human rights declared are the crimes that occurred during the Second World War and German imperialism; the British occupation of the Falkland Islands; terrorism in Colombia and the interference of the U.S. government in the internal affairs of the South American country­­­­­; drug trafficking in Mexico as an instrument of imperialism; the dictatorship of capital in the United States; destabilization of Venezuela’s democratic process; the rights violations of indigenous and native communities in Canada; the military attack and the embargo on Cuba; crimes against humanity in Guatemala; and the disaster in Ecuador caused by the Chevron oil company.

Beinusz Izmukler, president of this court, stated that despite the fact that this process does not have the power to execute the sentences it declares, it is an important resource in creating awareness at an international level and in strengthening youth’s fight in changing the economic and social structures of oppression that are found nearly all over the world. The courts conclusions, however, will be submitted to the United Nations as international testimony.

Izmukler affirmed that this process promotes social and political integration in the region and around the world, despite differences in territory. In his opinion, these gatherings create solid connections that prove that the empire can no longer do what it wants, nor demolish the sovereignty and dignity of the people. “International unity is important in order to confront an enemy as powerful as the North American Empire,” he said.

During the gathering, the Ecuadorian Foreign Affairs Minister, Ricardo Patiño, stated that Latin America has a long history of human rights violations made by the empires. “How many missing people did they leave in Brazil? Uruguay? Chile? Argentina? How much blood did imperialism shed? Which in many occasions had the support of the ruling elite,” he said.

Patiño gave the example that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the United States provided economic and logistical support for the coup of Salvador Allende’s government in Chile. He emphasized that with these destabilization tricks and campaigns, the empire seeks to have an influence on nations’ aggressive politics, disguised as humanitarian interventions.

He also affirmed that a new form of aggression and domination is the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, in which capital interests and international companies take priority over the sovereignty of developing countries. “All crisis lead to opportunities and this is our opportunity to change unjust power structures,” he sustained.

The World Festival of Youth and Students began in 1947 in a project coordinated by the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) and the International Union of Students (IUS).

Nearly 10,000 youth from different regions in the world are participating in the festival, the fourth that has taken place in Latin America after those that occurred in Cuba (1978, 1997) and in Venezuela (2005). These youth debate political issues with regard to the fight against imperialism and prepare themselves in order to take control of world policies.

By Agencia de Noticias Andes