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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.

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.

NSW Bail Act

In accordance with the undertaking given by the Hon Greg Smith MP, the new NSW Attorney General, a review of the Bail Act 1978 has been commissioned. The review is being undertaken by the NSW law reform commission. The NSW section of the ICJ has made a submission. Click here for a PDF of the submission.

The Treatment of Refugees

The ICJ has closely been following Australia's treatment of refugees over the past few years. We are concerned that Australia's treatment of refugees may breach international instruments.

The President of the ICJ recently participated in discussion concerning the issue of refugees and in particular Indonesian refugees involved in people smuggling that are of a questionable age and are currently being detained in maximum security in Western Australia. The discussion took place on the 6.30 pm with George Negus show on Channel 10.

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