Amnesty International Says States Block Justice

Epoch Times28. Mai 2010

For Dr. Kasippillai Manoharan, Amnesty International’s annual human right’s report, is more than just words.             
He escaped Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war that saw thousands killed – including his son.

[Dr. Kasippillai Manoharan, Grieving Father]:  
„I have lost my son. I have lost my motherland. So I am like an alien living in another land, another country. I feel really sad.“

But justice for Manoharan might be far off, says Amnesty.

They accuse power political powers for blocking investigations not just in Sri Lanka but around the world.

[Claudio Cordone, AI Interim Secretary General]:
„Powerful governments, despite their rhetoric – they often speak about the importance of human rights and fighting impunity – and when it comes to the crunch then they actually apply double standards. So for example, we’ve seen in Sri Lanka that despite growing evidence of serious crimes by both the government and the Tamil Tigers, there’s been no meassure of accountability. The ones adjusted by the president of Sri Lanka’s a few weeks ago will not deliver justice. We need an international commission of inquiry. “

Amnesty singled out China in the United Nations, for paralysing the Sri Lankan investigation.

But they didn’t stop there.

They also slammed the African Union for not turning over Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

He is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes that took place in Darfur.

The 2008 Gaza war also drew criticism from Amnesty.

They back the UN Human Rights Council’s Goldstone Report and want Israel and Hamas made accountable.

Amnesty says they have seen progress in the past 20 years like the creation of the ICC.

But says the powerful G20 states need to sign up to it and set an example to the rest of the World.


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