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Istanbul Declaration on Transparency in the Judical Process

At the ICJ Australia meeting of December 2013, the President of the Australian Section the Hon John Dowd AO QC reported that he had been a mediator in settling a Declaration on Judicial Transparency.  it was agreed to in Istanbul.  Click here to read the Istanbul Declaration.

The Sri Lanka Evidence Project SLEP E-Bulletin March 2014

The SLEP E-Bulletin discusses the following developments - The 25th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) this month, United States UN human rights resolution against Sri Lanka, Australian Senate motion supporting an international war crimes investigation, Amnesty International's statement to the UNHRC, Human Rights Watch Report 2014, Report by Action Contre la Faim (ACF), proposed amendments to Human Rights Act in Sri Lanka, and Sri Lankan Presidential Commission on Mi

Crimes Legislation Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slave-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill

The International Commission of Jurists, Australia drafted a submission on the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slave-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill, which is intended to remedy several legislative omissions under the current Australian legislative framework for combating people trafficking, slavery, and forced marriage. The ICJA was concerned that the bill does not fully remedy the gaps in the existing law.

Inquiry into the treatment of individuals suspected of people smuggling offences who say that they are children.

The ICJA has made a submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission in relation to the inquiry into the treatment of individuals suspected of people smuggling offfences who say that they are children. 
 
 
CLICK HERE FOR A PDF OF THE SUBMISSION.

The Western Sahara And The United Nations

Paper by The Hon John Dowd AO QC, President International Commission of Jurists, Australia presented on 29 October 2011 at the 2nd International Conference, Peoples’ Right for Resistance: the Case of Sahrawi People, Dar Diaf – Bouchaoui, Algiers


Mr Chairman, Mr President, Members of Parliament, distinguished delegates. In the year since most of us here were in Le Mans, the world has very much changed. It is called the “Arab Spring”, but in fact is much more than just changes within the Arabic speaking countries.

Young Lawyers Expose Sri Lankan Atrocities

CHOGM MUST DEAL WITH WAR CRIMES IN SRI LANKA

“Those responsible for war crimes at the end of the Sri Lankan civil war in 2009 must not be allowed to go unpunished”, said John Dowd AO QC, the President of the International Commission of Jurists, Australia. 
 

Investigation Of Sri Lankan War Crimes

“Those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity at the end of the Sri Lankan civil war in 2009 must not be allowed to go unpunished”, said John Dowd AO QC, the President of The International Commission of Jurists, Australia (ICJA). “The expert committee established by the United Nations Secretary-General found credible allegations of serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law. The Expert Panel called on the Sri Lankan Government to immediately commence genuine investigations into such allegations. This has not happened”, said John Dowd.

Refugees and the Malaysian Solution

PRESS RELEASE
“The Minister for Immigration should be removed as Guardian of unaccompanied refugee children, to afford them some real protection on arrival in Australia” said The Honourable John Dowd AO QC, President of The International Commission of Jurists Australia. 

Click here for a PDF of the release.

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