Complaint Against Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity Committed in Connection With The Pharmaceutical 'Business With Disease' And The Recent War Against Iraq
The following persons from the political and military sectors of different countries are accused:
|1.||George Walker Bush, U.S. President. He is the main political executor of the interests of the pharmaceutical/petrochemical cartel. He is the main political executor of the war crimes against Iraq and the other crimes of this complaint. |
|2.||Anthony Charles Lynton (“Tony”) Blair, Prime Minister of the U.K. He is the political head and executor for himself as well as an accomplice of George Bush in committing the crimes listed in this complaint. |
|3.||Richard Bruce (“Dick”) Cheney, U.S. Vice President. Cheney was the chief executive officer of the oil service provider Haliburton & Company from Dallas, Texas. After the conquest of Iraq, Haliburton became the key company for the economic plundering of Iraq under the pretence of reconstruction. |
|4.||Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense. Rumsfeld was Chief Executive Officer of several biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, among others the pharma-concern G. D. Searle, today part of Pharmacia. For several decades, he had the role of strategic organizer of the pharmaceutical “business with disease”. He received several awards of the pharmaceutical industry. Beside George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld was one of the main instigators of the war of aggression against Iraq. |
|5.||John Ashcroft, U.S. Attorney General at the time of the Iraq war. He was one of the strategists of the so-called Homeland Security Act, one of the organizational instruments by which the accused are systematically curtailing civil rights in the U.S. He was responsible for protectionist legislation that would essentially grant immunity to the pharmaceutical industry from being held responsible for their crimes in the U.S. He was replaced as Attorney General by Alberto Gonzales in February 2005. |
|6.||Tom Ridge, Secretary of Homeland Security at the time of the Iraq war, an accomplice of John Ashcroft in cementing the political and economic control of the accused with the purpose to continue their unscrupulous business with disease and other crimes by systematically curtailing civil rights in the U.S. He was replaced by Michael Chertoff in February 2005. |
|7.||Condoleezza Rice, U.S. Security Advisor at the time of the Iraq war and in February 2005 appointed to head the Department of State. She is a former director of the petrochemical concern Chevron and was instrumental in promoting the war of aggression of the accused. |
|8.|| Jacob Zuma Deputy President of South Africa and also of the African National Congress, the ruling party. Deputy President Zuma considers that nutrition is not a substitute for appropriate HIV and Aids treatment |
|9.||Ben Turok African National Congress Member of Parliament for the constituency of Muizenberg in South Africa. Professor Turok is the sole surviving member of the original underground leadership structure of the South African Communist Party, which he joined in the late 1950s. After appearing to be allied to the principles of health, peace and social justice, Turok has recently voiced his support for the Treatment Action Campaign and called for the removal of the “…scourge of Rath.” |
|10.||Dianne Kohler Barnard South African Democratic Alliance Spokesperson on Health and a well known radio journalist launched a tirade of personal abuse against Dr. Rath and the South African Health Minister Manto Tshabalala Msimang consisting of half-truths, fabrications and downright lies. |
|11.|| Professor Kader Asmal former South African Minister of Education and senior African National Congress MP has called the scientifically validated nutritional treatment of Aids “quackery” |
|12.|| Other politicians as well as national and international political bodies who in the course of further investigation will be found to have participated in committing these crimes or financially benefited from them. |
|13.|| Members of the military who participated, or in the course of further investigation will be found to have participated in committing these crimes or financially benefited from them. |
|1.||Pfizer Inc., the Chief Executive Officer Henry A. McKinnell, Ph.D., the other Executives and the Board of Directors. |
|2.||Merck & Co., Inc., the Chief Executive Officer Richard T. Clark, the other Executives and the Board of Directors. |
|3.||GlaxoSmithKline PLC, the Chief Executive Officer Dr Jean-Pierre Garnier, the other Executives and the Board of Directors. |
|4.||Novartis AG, the Chief Executive Officer Dr Daniel Vasella, the other Executives and the Board of Directors. |
|5.||Amgen Inc., the Chief Executive Officer Kevin Sharer, the other Executives and the Board of Directors. |
|6.||Astra Zeneca, the Chief Executive Officer Sir Tom McKillop, the other Executives and the Board of Directors. |
|7.||Eli Lilly and Company, the Chief Executive Officer Sidney Taurel, the other Executives and the Board of Directors. |
|8.||Abbott Laboratories, the Chief Executive Officer Miles D. White, the other Executives and the Board of Directors. |
|9.|| Other Pharmaceutical Executive Officers and Boards of Directors that maintain and promote the investment “business with disease” and other crimes and who in the course of further investigation will be found to have deliberately and systematically participated in committing these crimes or financially benefited from them. |
|1.||ExxonMobil Corporation, its Chief Executive Officer Lee R. Raymond, the other Executives and its Board of Directors. |
|2.||British Petroleum (BP), its Chief Executive Officer The Lord Browne of Madingley, FREng, the other Executives and its Board of Directors. |
|3.||Chevron Corporation, its Chief Executive Officer David O’Reilly, the other Executives and its Board of Directors. |
|4.|| Other Petrochemical companiesExecutive Officers and Boards of Directors that benefit from the plunder and spoliation of the war of aggression against Iraq. |
|1.||The Rockefeller Financial Group and the members of the Rockefeller Family in benefiting from the crimes committed. |
|2.||The Rothschild Group and all its members financially benefiting from these crimes. |
|3.||The JP Morgan Group and all its members financially benefiting from these crimes. |
|4.||J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, its Chief Executive Officer William B. Harrison Jr., the other Executives and its Board of Directors. |
|5.|| Other financial institutions their Executive Officers, Boards of Directors and shareholders and others who in the course of further investigation will be found to have participated in committing these crimes or financially benefited from them. |
Corporate lobbying & other interest groups:
|1.||The Trilateral Commission and its members, a body founded by David Rockefeller to coordinate the interests of this investment group in the three areas of the world, U.S.A., Europe and Japan - hence, the name “trilateral” - including all members of this commission individually who are found guilty of participating in these crimes or benefiting from them financially. |
|2.|| The Treatment Action Campaign a South African organization that is supported - among others - by the Rockefeller Foundation. It campaigns for the use of toxic anti-retroviral drugs for all AIDS sufferers. TAC chairperson Adurrazack (Zackie) Achmat is a vocal opponent of the South African government’s policy on AIDS treatment and anti-retroviral drugs. The TAC has been affirmed by the High Court of South Africa to be an organization that "organizes rented crowds for the drug industry" and "forces the government to spread disease and death among the people of South Africa." |
|3.|| The Treatment Action Campaign (see above). National Manager and spokesperson for the TAC in South Africa is Nathan Geffen, a teacher in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cape Town. |
|4.|| Medicines Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders an international aid organization providing emergency medical assistance to populations in danger. The International Council of MSF/DWB is led by Dr. Rowan Gillies and advocates the use of anti-retroviral drugs as the primary treatment for people suffering AIDS in developing countries. MSF/DWB is a strong supporter of the Treatment Action Campaign. |
|5.|| The members of other corporate lobby and interest groups who in the course of further investigation will be found to have participated in committing these crimes or financially benefited from them. |
Members of the international media:
|1.|| Axel Springer AG CEO Dr. Mathias Döpfner. Europe’s largest newspaper publisher with titles including Bild and Die Welt. Dr. Döpfner is also a member of the Supervisory Board of pharmaceutical company Schering AG, manufacturers of chemo-therapy drugs and (through a US subsidiary) Leukine a product that deals with the side-effects of the depletion of the immune system by such chemo-therapy drugs. |
|2.|| Axel Springer AG (see above) Chairman of the Supervisory Board Dr. Giuseppe Vita and until 2001, Chairman of the Executive Board of Schering AG. Dr. Vita now sits as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Schering AG (see above). |
|3.|| Quackwatch website owned by Stephen Barrett, M.D., vice-president of the United States National Council Against Health Fraud and a peer-review panellist for several top medical journals. Dr. Barrett is charged with misleading the public and repeating unfounded allegations regarding natural remedies e.g. http://www.quackwatch.org/11Ind/rath.html |
|4.|| Independent News & Media PLC headed by Sir Anthony O’Reilly. Owners of the Cape Times, The Star, The Mercury and many other newspapers in South Africa that have consistently supported the pharmaceutical industry’s position on AIDS drugs; attacked the government of South Africa, Dr. Rath and the Dr. Rath Health Foundation for telling the truth about these drugs and misrepresented the facts of the case brought by the TAC against the Foundation. |
|5.||Newtrust Company Botswana Ltd owned by Trevor Ncube . Majority shareholder of M & G Media, owners of the Mail & Guardian newspaper of South Africa. The Mail & Guardian has launched a series of attacks on Dr. Rath and the Dr. Rath Health Foundation after changing its mind over the publication of the Foundation’s public health alerts. |
|6.||BDFM Publishers (Pty) Ltd headed by chairman Peter Joubert. Owners of the Business Day and Financial Mail newspapers of South Africa. Mr Joubert’s newspapers continually attack scientifically proven natural remedies and the work of Dr. Rath and the Dr. Rath Health Foundation, thereby endangering human lives through the publication of incorrect and inaccurate information. |
|7.|| PCM Publishers B.V. whose majority shareholders are Apax Partners an international venture capital firm. PCM publish the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper in the Netherlands, edited by animal activist Jan Bonjer. Algemeen Dagblad published incorrect and misleading information about Dr. Rath and the Dr. Rath Health Foundation. |
|8.|| Media24 owned by the Naspers Group Ltd. Media24, whose chairman Ton Vosloo is also non-executive chairman of Naspers, are the publishers of the News24 website, which repeated the false accusations made by ANC MP Ben Turok against Dr. Rath. |
|9.|| Guardian Media Group headed by chairman Paul Myners. Owners of the Guardian and Observer newspapers in the UK and the former owners of the Mail & Guardian newspaper in South Africa. GMG still retain a 10% ownership stake in the Mail & Guardian and regularly share content. |
|10.|| The Free Press Of Namibia (Pty) Ltd owners of The Namibian newspaper founded and edited by Gwen Lister |
|11.|| The Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa headed by Mervyn King. Set up and paid for by the marketing communications industry to “regulate advertising in the public interest” the ASASA has clearly failed in its duty to ensure the public receives accurate information. |
|12.|| All Executive Officers, Boards of Directors, Publishers, Editors, Journalists and others involved in the reporting of inaccurate and incorrect statements about natural health programs; blocking the dissemination of vital health information and promoting the use of toxic and dangerous pharmaceutical drugs. |
Other groups and individuals:
|1.|| UNAIDS the joint United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS whose Executive Director Dr. Peter Piot has stated that anyone who claims vitamins are a cure or treatment for Aids is a charlatan. |
|2.|| Dutch Union Against Quackery headed by Chairman C.N.M. Renckens accused the Heracles football club from Almelo, Netherlands of being tainted with inhuman suffering because of its sponsorship link with the Rath organization. more |
|3.|| Professor Hoosen ‘Jerry' Coovadia Head of the South African University of Natal's Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, has said mavericks, hypocrites and charlatans are trading on the misery of Aids. more |
|4.|| Dr Mamphela Ramphele co-chair of the Global Commission on International Migration and a Senior Advisor to World Bank president, James D. Wolfensohn told a South African AIDS conference that scientists should stand up to the denialists and profiteers bent on misleading the public. more |
|5.||Professor Robin Wood Director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town has stated that “There is no published data anywhere in the world that vitamin supplements have anything like the impact of anti-retrovirals” more |
|6.||Dr Nthato Motlana former personal physician to Nelson Mandela recently commented "To suggest that nutrition is enough to treat Aids is misleading. Tshabalala-Msimang sounds just like Matthias Rath, and someone needs to tell her this." more|
|7.||Any other individual person, organization or body that in the course of further investigation will be found to have participated in committing these crimes or financially benefited from them. |
International Treaties Applicable For This Complaint
Beside the Rome Statutes for the International Court of Justice the following international treaties and declarations are applicable for the severe charges of this complaint:
- The United Nations Charter
- The Declaration of Human Rights of December 8, 1948
- The Geneva Convention on Human Rights of August 12, 1949
- The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide of January 12, 1951
- The Convention on Non-Applicability of Statutory Limitations to War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity of 1968
- The Principles of International Co-Operation in the Detection, Arrest, Extradition and Punishment of Persons Guilty of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity of 1973
Complaint Against Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity Committed in Connection With The Pharmaceutical 'Business With Disease' And The Recent War Against Iraq
The Jurisdiction Of The International Criminal Court Over The Accused
The accused committed the crimes outlined above, knowingly and deliberately and in full knowledge of all the circumstances surrounding their actions.
The crimes reported here have been committed against all mankind. The ICC in The Hague is the court governed by international law addressing these urgent issues.
Moreover, the ICC was established after WWII and the Nuremberg Tribunal, with the goal to prevent another tragedy from happening – possibly a world war.
1. Liability to prosecution of those bearing office
The accused can be both sentenced and punished by the International Criminal Court.
The Statute applies equally to all persons without any distinction based on official capacity. In particular, official capacity as a Head of State or Government, a member of a Government or parliament, an elected representative or a government official shall in no case exempt a person from criminal responsibility under the Statute of the ICC, nor shall it, in and of itself, constitute a ground for reduction of sentence (Article 27, Paragraph 1 of the Statute).
Immunities or special procedural rules which may attach to the official capacity of a person, whether under national or international law, shall also not bar the Court from exercising its jurisdiction over such a person (Article 27, Paragraph 2 of the Statute).
2. Exclusion of criminal responsibility
None of the accused may invoke any of the grounds specified under Article 31 of the Statute for excluding criminal responsibility.
The accused were acting in full knowledge about the illegitimacy of their actions. Thus, any claims to the contrary are null and void.
Equally null and void are all efforts by the accused to retroactively justify their crimes by forming ‘coalitions’ of opinions with other nations.
3. Power to inflict punishment over members of the US Government and citizens of the USA
Even those of the accused, who hold citizenship of the United States of America, cannot claim immunity from criminal prosecution before the International Criminal Court, just because the United States of America in contrast to 90 other countries around the world (i.e. almost half of the members of the United Nations) is not amongst the signatory states to the Rome Statute.
The accused have long been devising plans to try and evade the power to inflict punishment of the International Criminal Court. This, however, does not exempt the accused from the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, because the mere performance of the crimes involved in the acts to be judged before the ICC constitutes liability to punishment under the terms of the Statute.
It does not matter if you belong to a specific Member State, because the International Criminal Court has jurisdiction over natural persons and not over States and establishes individual responsibility and liability for punishment (Article 25 Paragraphs 1 and 2 of the Statute).
The ICC Statutes render attempts by the US Administration to coerce smaller nations into bilateral ‘immunity pacts’ redundant.
In addition, the UN Security Council did rule that the US Government and therefore also the majority of the accused could not and should not decide themselves whether the International Criminal Court could take action against them or not.
This decision was taken for good reason: One can only imagine what would have happened if the main figures accused in the Nuremberg Trials had been allowed to choose whether they had to stand trial before the Nuremberg Tribunal.
For these reasons the accused, even if they are citizens of the United States of America, are still subject to the power to inflict punishment of the International Criminal Court.
Next: Final Appeal
The individuals named should be indicted before the International Criminal Court on the basis of the valid grounds specified in this complaint.
The investigations into the individual responsibilities of the accused are to be taken up and continued by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.
These investigations will also be continued and intensified on our side, the side of the people of the world.
The accused should be convicted for the following reasons:
- knowing and deliberate violation of the human right to peace;
- knowing and deliberate violation of the human right to life;
- knowing and deliberate violation of the human right to health.
This complaint is to be updated and completed in a system of constant development and revision until legal proceedings finally commence against the accused.
This complaint deals with the largest crimes ever committed in the course of human history. Every day that formal proceeding at the International Criminal Court against the accused are delayed, millions of people worldwide will pay with their lives and the world moves closer to the next world war. There must be no delay.
As the US Prosecutor in the Nuremberg War Tribunal against the executives of the chemical/petrochemical cartel IG Farben stated: “ If the crimes committed by the accused are not brought to the daylight and if they are not held accountable, they will do even more harm in the future.”
We call on every person and every Government in the world to unite behind the charges. The time to act is now.
The Hague, Netherlands
14th June 2003
On behalf of the people of the world,