09 October 2005
Martin Gilbert credits you and Irwin Cotler with having played prominent roles in a San Francisco "International Tribunal of Inquiry" in 1983:
On 23 January 1983, in San Francisco, an International Tribunal of Inquiry was called "to inquire into the imprisonment of Anatoly Shcharansky and his mistreatment by the Soviet Government". The case for Shcharansky was presented by Professor Alan Dershowitz and Professor Irwin Cotler. In its conclusion, the Tribunal found "unimpeachable evidence of Mr Shcharansky's innocence", evidence, it said, "which should be shared with the world".
Martin Gilbert, Shcharansky: Hero of Our Time, MacMillan, London, 1986, p. 361.
Page 361 has Alan Dershowitz and yourself appearing before an "International Tribunal of Inquiry" in San Francisco on 23-Jan-1983. However, when I searched the microfilm of the New York Times and the Globe and Mail over the dates Saturday 22-Jan-1983 through Tuesday 25-Jan-1983, I was unable to find any reference to such an "International Tribunal," which surprised me, as I imagined that it would be of interest to the press, especially since among its participants was one of America's most famous lawyers — Alan Dershowitz — and especially since its purpose was to contribute toward the emancipation of one of the world's most famous political prisoners — Natan Sharansky. And even if the press happened not to attend the hearings of the "International Tribunal," I would have expected them to at least summarize the press releases which the "International Tribunal" might be expected to have issued.
Lubomyr Prytulak, "Irwin Cotler: Were you really Natan Sharansky's lawyer?", 27-Sep-2005 www.ukar.org/cotler/cotler06.html