Viewpoint: Arrest War Criminals NOW

NOW joined the Human Rights Arrest Now! Campaign
On an initiative to Bosnia, NOW joined the Human Rights "Arrest Now!" Campaign for a March 5 press conference. Pictured, left to right: actress/activist Julia Ormond; Regan Ralph, Human Rights Watch; and Karen Johnson, Vice President Membership. Photo by Patrick Butler.

During the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, rape became a common weapon of war. Women were enslaved in rape camps and/or held and raped in detention facilities. Rape was an integral part of the systematic campaign of terror known as "ethnic cleansing."

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia issued indictments against 27 suspects alleging rape and sexual assault. Only six of those suspects have been arrested. The location of the 21 suspects still at liberty is known; however, authorities in the Serb-held territory of Bosnia have failed to turn over a single suspect.

We ask you to contact:

President Clinton 
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 
Washington, DC 20500 
        Secretary of State Madeleine Albright 
        2201 C Street, NW 
        Washington, DC 20520 
and urge that the U.S. exercise its authority as a leading member of NATO to ensure that all indicted war crimes suspects are arrested and brought to justice. Connect to the Human Rights Watch web site at for more information.

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