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“Glaring hypocrisy, blatant sophistry” Boyle slams Swiss UN Resolution

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 26 May 2009 18:02 2 Comments]

Boyle2 Pointing out the twelfth operative paragraph of the Draft Resolution sponsored by Switzerland, that is currently pending before the U.N. Human Rights Council, Professor Boyle, expert in International Law and Professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, says this would be the same “as if the U.N. Human Rights Council had invited the Nazi government to investigate and prosecute itself for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes against the Jews instead of supporting the Nuremberg Charter and Tribunal."

The twelfth operative paragraph says, "12. The Council stresses the importance of combating impunity and calls on the government of Sri Lanka to investigate all allegations and bring to justice, in accordance with international standards, perpetrators of violations of human rights and of international humanitarian law, including hostage taking, torture, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and to increase its efforts to further prevent such violations;"

Boyle said, “ I am not going to waste my time here going through the hypocrisy and sophistry of the Draft Resolution sponsored by Switzerland that is currently pending before the U.N. Human Rights Council with the support of 25 other U.N. Member States. For operative paragraph 12 of the Swiss Resolution gives their entire Public Relations game away.

“It calls upon the Government of Sri Lanka to investigate and prosecute itself for war crimes and crimes against humanity, "including hostage taking, torture, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions." It would be as if the U.N. Human Rights Council had invited the Nazi government to investigate and prosecute itself for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes against the Jews instead of supporting the Nuremberg Charter and Tribunal.

“So in other words the Swiss Resolution is basically a continuation of the international whitewash and cover-up of the GOSL’s genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes against the Tamils,” Professor Boyle said.

He added, “[t]he glaring hypocrisy and blatant sophistry of the Swiss Resolution is heightened by the fact that Switzerland is the Depositary for the Four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Two Additional Protocols of 1977 and therefore bears a special obligation under international law to promote, guarantee and ensure their effective enforcement rather than their negation and nullification, which this Swiss Resolution will do. Obviously, Switzerland knows exactly what it is doing. The same is true for the 25 other state Co-Sponsors of the Swiss Resolution.

“Instead of this meaningless and hypocritical and unprincipled Swiss Resolution, the U.N. Human Rights Council must establish an International Commission of Investigation to inquire into whether the GOSL has inflicted genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes against the Tamils. Otherwise the U.N. Human Rights Council and its member states will simply and knowingly become part of the GOSL’s propaganda campaign and cover-up against the Tamils.

“If adopted, History shall record for all time their cruel crocodile tears shed for the Tamils in this infamous Swiss Resolution,” Boyle warned.

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2 Comments »

  • fdimul said:

    I have been saying since long that the world leaders are unconcerned about their peoples. They are more interested in seeing the erosion of population. These leaders are not happy in seeing the deaths of Tamilians alone they become happy in seeing people dying in their own country and states.

    These group of leaders want this world to have lesser number of population. If there is an earthquake and floods these leaders will ask for aids, they will spend some and pocket some. They will shed crocodile tears and will ask God for more of such earthquakes.

    Every other people are interested in the sufferings of the other and thus the whole world soothes themselves by seeing the sufferings of others.

    Love has its own sweetness, but in this age hatred is pushed forward and hatred is in dominant form. Moral values are at its lowest ebb. If people are worst they automatically allow their leaders to act worst and behave inhumanly.

    These selfish hatred oriented people instigate God to show His wrath on this world.

    When God shows His wrath on this world there will be vast destruction of great magnitude when the leaders themselves will become victims. The path of the satellites will be altered and will crash on one another. The earth itself will shiver in such a way that the land will become sea and sea land.

  • S.V.Ramanan said:

    Correct.Nuremberg like trial is warranted.You can not ask the murderer to try himself.