Save our war crimes legislation

From: Anant Vyas
Date: 17/01/2010 08:56:56

Subject: The law on universal jurisdiction must begin from home

Dear Prime Minister

I am shocked at suggestions by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister Ivan Lewis and Foreign Secretary David Miliband, that Britain may consider changing its laws to avoid any future attempts to bring to trial suspected war criminals, Israeli or otherwise. This may suit the past and current New Labour Government nicely given the illegal war in Iraq & Afghanistan.   The UK must not renege on its international treaty obligations, particularly those under the Fourth Geneva Convention (Article 146) to seek out and to bring to trial persons suspected of war crimes wherever and whoever they are, whatever their status, rank or influence, in the UK and elsewhere against whom good prima facie evidence has been laid.

I, naturally, oppose any attempt to undermine the judiciary’s independence and integrity. A judge who finds sufficient evidence of a war crime must have power to order the arrest of a suspect, subject to the usual rights to bail and appeal.   The power to arrest individuals reasonably suspected of war crimes anywhere in the world should they be UK citizens domiciled within the UK or set foot on UK soil is an efficient and necessary resource in the struggle against war crimes, and must not be interfered with. Nor should the government succumb to pressure from any foreign power, ever again, to change this crucial aspect of the judicial process. After all the English charter originally issued on 15 June 1215, Magna Carta Libertatum, formed the constitution laws of this country as well as USA. No one is above the law, not even the King or the Queen.

” Tell the truth boldly, whether it hurts or not. Never pander to weakness. If truth is too much for intelligent people and sweeps them away, let them go; the sooner the better. CW VII P.79 – Swami Vivekananda ”

I therefore expect the government to be exemplary and state clearly that it will not change the law on universal jurisdiction, and will continue to allow victims of war crimes to seek justice in British courts.


Anant M Vyas, Independent Parliamentary Candidate

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