World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


No Amnesty For Genocide And War Crimes - Annan

No Amnesty For Genocide And War Crimes - Annan

THERE CAN BE NO AMNESTY FOR GENOCIDE AND WAR CRIMES - ANNAN

New York, Aug 12 2004 1:00PM

In helping war-torn societies re-establish the rule of law and come to terms with large-scale past abuses after conflict, the United Nations must reject any amnesty for genocide, war crimes or crimes against humanity, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report made public today.

Such crimes include ethnic, gender and sexually based international crimes, and Security Council mandates should ensure that no such amnesty previously granted bar prosecution before a UN-created or assisted court, according to the report - "The rule of law and transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict societies."

But Mr. Annan stresses that the UN not establish or directly participate in any tribunal for which capital punishment is a possible sanctions, and that it insist upon full government cooperation with international and mixed tribunals, including the surrender of accused persons.

Helping such societies, "all within a context marked by devastated institutions, exhausted resources, diminished security and a traumatized and divided population, is a daunting, often overwhelming, task," he notes.

But "justice, peace and democracy are not mutually exclusive objectives, but rather mutually reinforcing imperatives," he adds in his recommendations, requested by the Security Council at a meeting in January on post-conflict national reconciliation and the role of the United Nations. "Advancing all three in fragile post-conflict settings requires strategic planning, careful integration and sensible sequencing of activities."

Mr. Annan calls for recognizing the need to ensure gender sensitivity in restoring the rule of law, as well as ensuring the full participation of women, and for avoiding the imposition of external models.

"We must learn as well to eschew one-size-fits-all formulas and the imposition of foreign models, and, instead, base our support on national assessments, national participation and national needs and aspirations," he says, noting that recent years have seen an increased UN focus on the problem that has been "yielding important lessons for our future activities."

He pledges to instruct the Executive Committee on Peace and Security to propose concrete action to strengthen UN support for tackling the issues.

2004-08-12 00:00:00.000


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news