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Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission Hearing on Palestine

Posted: 2012-11-16
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The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (KLWCC) has received numerous complaints on the atrocities and possible war crimes committed against the Palestinian people.

The KLWCC, in accordance to its aims and functions, will investigate these complaints to ascertain if any of the following crimes - crimes against peace, crimes against humanity, crimes of genocide and war crimes – have been committed against the Palestinians. The Commission after hearing the testimonies of the witnesses will prepare a report of its findings and determine if any charges are to be filed based on these complaints.

In January 2003, the late Rachel Corrie had said this of Gaza - “I couldn’t even believe that a place like this existed.”

The Commissioners, who will be hearing the testimonies of witnesses, will be headed by Musa Ismail, a former Magistrate, who is currently a practicing lawyer. The other Commissioners include lecturer and author Prof Hans-Christof von Sponeck, who was also a former UN Assistant Secretary General responsible for humanitarian operations in Iraq, Nobel peace prize nominee Denis J. Halliday, who worked for the UN for 34 years and was head of the UN Humanitarian Programme in Iraq, Dr Zulaiha Ismail, former Dean of the Centre for Graduate Studies Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and currently actively involved with NGOs specifically on the plight of the Palestinians and lastly, Michel Chossudovsky, a professor of economics emeritus, University of Ottawa and Director, Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG).

The Commission will be conducting an open hearing on the complaints on 20th-21st November 2012, from 8.30 – 5.00 pm at the Dewan Tun Dr Ismail at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur. Members of the public are cordially invited to attend the event.

For further information, please contact:

Dato’ Dr Yaacob Merican
Secretary General of the KLWCC Secretariat
Tel: +6012-227 8680

Ms Malkeet Kaur
Media Representative of KLWCC

[email protected]
Tel: +6012-3737 886

About Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (KLWCC)
The KLFCW established the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (The Commission), 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 commission’s 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 team’s aim is to present the complaints of victim(s) of any conflict and to act on the recommendation of The Commission’s 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)
Malaysia’s 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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