International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration

PRESS CONTACT: Connie Julian: 917-449-9064 Commission office: 212-941-8086

January 21, 2006

Michael Eric Dyson and Katrina Survivors Join Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski and Craig Murray to Testify at Commission of Inquiry on Bush Crimes against Humanity

Saturday, January 21, 10am-5pm, Riverside Church, W. 120th and Claremont; Sessions on Global Environment and Torture featuring Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski and former British ambassador Craig Murray
Sunday, January 22, 1-5pm, Columbia University Law School, 116th & Amsterdam Ave.; Sessions on Global Health and Katrina.

Michael Eric Dyson, "hip-hop intellectual" and author of Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster, will give testimony with Katrina Survivors from the Gulf Coast to Inquire into whether Bush Administration has committed crimes against humanity. Katrina survivors who will testify: Larry McBride (was in prison in New Orleans and left locked down to die); Robert Green (authorities supposedly checked his house, but Green returned and found the skeletons of their missing relatives); Aaron Guyton (survivor and volunteer with Common Ground Collective); and Beverly Wright (director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice at Xavier University).

This unprecedented citizens’ Commission of Inquiry which runs the entire weekend will hear testimony on the basic question: Is the Bush Administration guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity? Few have dared raise this for public examination. On January 20-22, in New York City this Commission of Inquiry will do so-- with rigor, substance, and a deep sense of responsibility to the people of the world.

Internationally-known expert witnesses and whistle blowers from the US and UK will testify in five areas: 1) war, 2) torture, 3) global environment, 4) global health (AIDS and reproductive rights), and 5) the administration’s response to Katrina.

Commission participants include:
- Actor, singer, activist, Harry Belafonte spoke at the opening evening.
- Former commander of Abu Ghraib prison Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski.
- Former British ambassador Craig Murray who exposed US use of torture in Uzbekistan (quoted January 16 by Al Gore).
- Former UN arms inspector Scott Ritter.

Charter, full indictments, standards for judgment, and audio and video coverage of the first session: