The Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War (KLFCW) joins the international community in condemning, in the strongest possible terms, the illegal and unwarranted attack by the Israeli Defence Force on the humanitarian aid vessel Mavi Marmara in which at least 9 people were killed and dozens more injured. The vessel was attacked in international waters, 65km off the Gaza coast. Live ammunitions were used by the Israeli soldiers when they stormed the ship in pitch darkness.
This attack on the high seas is in clear violation of the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation, adopted in Rome on March 11, 1988. Amongst the states parties who have ratified the Convention are Israel, Turkey, Ireland and the United States of America.
For this act of piracy, murder and abduction committed on the high seas, both Turkey and Ireland can bring up charges against Israel under the Convention.
Since Mavi Marmara is registered in Turkey, KLFCW urges that Turkey considers bringing criminal charges against Israel for ordering the illegal attack on the aid ship and causing the loss of lives and multiple injuries of the aid workers.
Another aid vessel, MV Rachel Corrie, registered in Ireland, is presently on its way to Gaza and may possibly be attacked by the Israeli Defence Force like Mavi Marmara. Should this happen, Ireland (a State Party to the ICC Rome Statute) can bring Israel to the International Criminal Court to face charges of crimes against humanity and other crimes under the ICC statute.
We urge the United Nations General Assembly or the United Nations Human Rights Council to quickly pass and approve a resolution endorsing war crimes charges against Israel for this latest attack on aid ships and aid workers on the high seas.
Yaacob Hussain Merican
Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War
Thursday 3rd June 2010
MAKE WAR A CRIME, THE LEAST WE COULD DO