Thursday, June 16, 2011

RESOLUTION FOR HOUSE TO DENOUNCE INVITES TO MUGABE AND BASHIR

Media statement by M.Kula Segaran MP Ipoh Barat and DAP National Vice Chairman at Parliament House on Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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RESOLUTION FOR HOUSE TO DENOUNCE INVITES TO MUGABE AND BASHIR

It is with deep regret we learn of the invitation to Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to attend an international economic forum to be held at Putrajaya on June 19-21, 2011

Both leaders have a track record in their respective countries on the question of human rights that is written in infamy.

Only the opprobrium of the international community and economic pressure from members of the United Nations were able to force Mugabe into a power sharing agreement with opposition members in Zimbabwe.

In Sudan, it took a warrant of arrest issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2008 to serve as a deterrent on President Omar Bashir in the matter of Khartoum’s genocidal campaign in Darfur.

Over 300,000 people have died from famine and attacks by the Janjaweed (fighters on horseback) who are marauders armed and financed by Bashir’s regime to bring dissident elements in Darfur to heel.

Malaysia announced in March2011 that it would become a member of the ICC. ICC is a permanent tribunal at the Hague to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.

The primary goal of our accession to the ICC is to enhance the country’s image in the comity of nations and to strengthen our standing as an adherent of the rule of law.

By playing host to two of the more putrescent dictators in Africa, Malaysia is subtracting from this image.

It demonstrates that Malaysia is indifferent to the plight of those who suffer from the depredations of these leaders.

Malaysia should take due note of its responsibilities under the ICC charter and serve Bashir warning that he is liable for arrest under the warrant issued by the ICC.

We Parliamentarians urge the government to immediately cancel the invitations or take the necessary steps to arrest Bashir once he is in the country and hand him over to the ICC for trial for crimes against humanity.




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