Isnin, 18 Ogos 2008

Press Statement: Why Tony Blair is a War Criminal and how UM Law Faculty is so stupid to notice it.

Masa demonstrasi bantah Tony Blair yang lalu, saya telah ditugaskan oleh Cikgu Azmi selaku Presiden TERAS dan aktivis Citizen International untuk membaca press release yang tertera dibawah. Saya kira press release ini sangat menarik untuk difikirkan. Mesejnya bukan hanya kepada Tony Blair tetapi kepada kita semua khususnya pemimpin dan pendidik di negara kita


31 st July 2008

WE CONDEMN INVITATION TO TONY BLAIR BY UNIVERSITY OF MALAYA

We condemn the University of Malaya authorities for inviting the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, a war criminal, to deliver the prestigious Sultan Azlan Shah Law Lecture. By conferring this honour on Blair, the authorities have shown total insensitivity to the sufferings of millions of Iraqis, the innocent victims of his criminal acts, and to the feelings of Malaysians who stand in solidarity with them.

It is ironic that Blair who has violated the most fundamental principles of international law by invading Iraq, and has consistently defended gross Israeli violations of human rights and the United Nations Charter, has been invited by the Law Faculty of the university to speak on the Rule of Law and Good Governance. Obviously those who invited him have no understanding of what the Rule of Law means. They may as well have invited Radovan Karadzic, the butcher of Bosnia, to deliver the lecture.


The worst war crimes, and crimes against humanity, since World War ll, have been committed in Iraq. The U.S aided by Britain launched an illegal war against Iraq, a sovereign nation, in violation of the United Nations Charter and international law. Both the President of the United States George W. Bush and Blair were the architects of this war of aggression.


The International War Crimes Tribunal at Nuremburg set up to try German war criminals after World War ll, called the waging of aggressive war "essentially an evil thing...to initiate a war of aggression...is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime, differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole."


The US-British war of aggression against Iraq has resulted in unspeakable atrocities against the Iraqi people and the almost total destruction of their homeland. More than 1 million have died as a result of the war. Nearly 5 million people have been displaced, 2.7 million internally and 2.3 million in refugee camps in neighbouring countries. Iraq’s economy, hospitals, schools and the infrastructure for basic social amenities have been devastated.



The virus of sectarian hatred, conflict and violence has been let loose in Iraq and the relations between people who have lived in peace for centuries have been poisoned. The very fabric of Iraqi society has been irreparably damaged. There is no security in Iraq. The perpetrators of these heinous crimes - Bush and Blair – have yet to be brought to justice.

In July 2003, the Athens Bar Association lodged a 47-page complaint with the ICC Prosecutor against Tony Blair for crimes against humanity in Iraq. The complaint states: “The repeated blatant violations by the United States and Britain…of the stipulations of the four 1949 Geneva Conventions, the 1954 Convention of the Hague as well as of the International Criminal Court’s Charter constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.”

In March 2007, Baltasar Garzon, an investigating judge for Spain’s National Court, said that President George W. Bush and his allies eventually should face war crime charges for their actions in Iraq He called the war in Iraq “one of the most sordid and unjustifiable episodes in recent human history”. “There is enough of an argument in 650,000 deaths for this investigation and inquiry to start without more delay," he said. Garzon became famous in 1999 when he tried to extradite Pinochet from Britain and try him for crimes against humanity. The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has also told the media that Bush and Blair may one day face war crime charges before the ICC.

It is therefore incomprehensible how the Law Faculty which should be teaching and promoting respect for and observance of international law should invite a notorious violator and war criminal to deliver a lecture on the Rule of Law. It also reflects the colonial mentality of some of our university administrators and lawyers who worship everything British.

There are many distinguished lawyers and judges from the Third World who have an impressive record of defending human rights and promoting international relations based on the observance law who could have been invited to give the lecture.


The South African Law Professor John Dugard who is also the United Nations’s Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) should have been invited. Dugard has done a splendid job in courageously reporting on the Israeli violation of human rights in the OPT and compared it to the situation in South Africa during the Apartheid Regime.

We call on:

· the University authorities to cancel the lecture

· the public to boycott the lecture and to protest to the university authorities for inviting Blair

· hold demonstrations calling for the prosecution and punishment of Blair for his war crimes.

Endorse by

S.M. MOHAMED IDRIS

Chairman Citizens International

MOHD AZMI ABDUL HAMID

President TERAS

SYEIKH ABU BAKAR AWANG

Chairman Ulama Association of Kedah

MAHFUZ OMAR

Member of Parliment Malaysia

Chairman IMPAK

SALLAHUDDIN AYUB

Member of Parliament Malaysia

Youth Chief Islamic Party Of Malaysia

ABDUL GHANI SHAMSUDDIN

Chairman Ulama’ Assembly Of Asia



Terima Kasih kepada saudara Khairul Anwar Shazali (Naib Presiden PKPIM) yang mengambil gambar-gambar dibawah.



First time demo yang tak jenuh nak convince polis. Akak polis tu memahami jugakla.



Wartawan pun kerumun tanya itu tanya ini.



Membaca press release sampai hilang suara dalam Bahasa Inggeris. Harap orang-orang asing faham dan sampai mesejnya.






Kami bukan anti-kerajaan. Kami anti-keganasan. At least maruah rakyat negara ini terbela dengan mesej yang kami ingin sampaikan. Malulah negara Islam bengong menilai Tony Blair itu siapa.



Doa Wehdah pimpinan saudara Qusyairi (Naib Presiden 2 GAMIS)

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