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Background to the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal Hearing

Posted: 2012-04-16
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Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad asked the question ďWhy is it that the murder of one man is considered a criminal act whereas the killing of hundreds of thousands of innocent people committed in wars, is not considered so?ď, and founded the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War (KLFCW).

The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (KLWCC)  -- "The Commission" was established by the KLFCW to investigate cases of war crimes that have been neglected by established institutions such as the International Criminal Court. The Commission seeks to influence world opinion on the illegality of wars and occupation undertaken by major Western powers.  
 
The aim of The Commission is thereby to hold perpetrators of war crimes accountable for their actions especially when relevant international judicial organs fail to do so.
 
The Commission

The commissionís function is to:
i) receive complaints from any victim(s) of any conflict on:
 
(a) Crimes against peace
(b) Crimes against humanity
(c) Crimes of genocide
(d) War crimes
 
ii) investigate the same and prepare a report of its findings. To further call for more evidence or where The Commission is satisfied to recommend prosecution
 
The Legal Team

The legal teamís aim is to present the complaints of victim(s) of any conflict and to act on the recommendation of The Commissionís report and to frame charges and prosecute accused person(s).
 
The Tribunal

The Tribunal shall adjudicate on the charges filed against the accused person(s) The applicable standard of proof shall be beyond reasonable doubt.
 
About the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War (KLFCW)

Malaysiaís fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad founded the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War (KLFCW), a non-governmental organisation established under the laws of Malaysia on 12 March 2007.

The main objectives of the Foundation, as stated in its Statutes are, inter alia:
 
1.    To undertake all necessary measures and initiatives to criminalise war and energise peace;

2.    To provide relief, assistance and support to individuals and communities who are    suffering from the effects of war and armed conflict wherever occurring and without discrimination on the grounds of nationality, racial origin, religion, belief, age, gender or other forms of impermissible differentiations;

3.    To promote the education of individuals and communities suffering from the effects of war or armed conflict;

4.    To foster schemes for the relief of human suffering occasioned by war or armed conflict;

5.    To provide for mechanisms or procedures in attainment of the above purposes.

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In the wake of the war on Libya where once again the same criminal elites have snubbed the world community and violated international laws and norms, world wide anger at the war crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and Crimes Against Peace have led to calls for joining a World People's Conference on Crimes Against Humanity.

Should governments prove unwilling or incapable of ensuring the rights and wishes of their citizens to peace, security and justice, it is inevitable that they will be replaced and that the growing calls for direct participatory democracy will gain strength. New democratic forms of government are likely to take responsibility.

It is thus that in future when governments represent or are made up of the people themselves, decisions will be taken to apprehend and punish the perpetrators of these heinous crimes. To this end the legal work on sound judicial basis of tribunals such as the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal are invaluable.

Likewise, the extended coverage by news media of such issues and for networks such as Mathaba to remain independent, requires popular support.

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