Monday 19 November 2012


November 19, 2012

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The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (KLWCC) is scheduled to hear the testimonies of eleven witnesses alleging atrocities and possible war crimes committed in Palestine. Among these witnesses is a 15- year-old teenager who lost all his family members and an expert witness who is a Professor of Genetics in Medicine and Biology of Differentiation Research from University of Genoa, Italy.

These witnesses allege transgressions and violations committed against Palestinians during the Sabra and Shatila Massacre in 1982, and the Operation Cast Lead or the Gaza War from 2008 to 2009.
The Commission, in accordance to its aims and functions, will investigate these complaints to ascertain the veracity of these testimonies to determine if any of the following crimes ~ crimes against peace, crimes against humanity, crimes of genocide and war crimes ~ have been committed against the Palestinians. The Commission after investigating the testimonies of the witnesses will prepare a report of its findings and determine if any charges are to be filed based on these complaints.

It is common knowledge that the Palestinians have endured many decades of shattered hopes and dreams. They have been uprooted from their homes, denied their basic rights, given little outside recognition or aid, terrorized and falsely promised peace. The KLWCC provides an avenue for these witnesses to be heard and to have their grievances investigated.

The Commissioners, who will be hearing the testimonies of witnesses, will be headed by Musa Ismail, a former Magistrate, who is currently a practicing lawyer. The other Commissioners include lecturer and author Prof Hans-Christof von Sponeck, who was also a former UN Assistant Secretary General responsible for humanitarian operations in Iraq, Nobel peace prize nominee Denis J. Halliday, who worked for the UN for 34 years and was head of the UN Humanitarian Programme in Iraq, Dr Zulaiha Ismail, former Dean of the Centre for Graduate Studies Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and currently actively involved with NGOs specifically on the plight of the Palestinians and lastly, Michel Chossudovsky, a professor of economics emeritus, University of Ottawa and Director, Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG).

The Commission will be conducting an open hearing on the complaints on 20th-21st November 2012, from 8.30 – 5.00 pm at the Dewan Tun Dr Ismail at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur. Members of the public are cordially invited to attend the event.

For further information, please contact:

Dato’ Dr Yaacob Merican
Secretary General of the KLWCC Secretariat
Tel: +6012-227 8680
Ms Malkeet Kaur
Media Representative of KLWCC
Tel: +6012-3737 886
About Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (KLWCC)

The KLFCW established the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (The Commission), to investigate cases of war crimes that have been neglected by established institutions such as the International Criminal Court. The Commission seeks to influence world opinion on the illegality of wars and occupation undertaken by major Western powers.

The aim of The Commission is thereby to hold perpetrators of war crimes accountable for their actions especially when relevant international judicial organs fail to do so.
The Commission

The commission’s function is to:

i) receive complaints from any victim(s) of any conflict on:
(a) Crimes against peace
(b) Crimes against humanity
(c) Crimes of genocide
(d) War crimes
ii) investigate the same and prepare a report of its findings. To further call for more evidence or where The Commission is satisfied to recommend prosecution
The Legal Team

The legal team’s aim is to present the complaints of victim(s) of any conflict and to act on the recommendation of The Commission’s report and to frame charges and prosecute accused person(s).
The Tribunal

The Tribunal shall adjudicate on the charges filed against the accused person(s) The applicable standard of proof shall be beyond reasonable doubt.
About the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War (KLFCW)

Malaysia’s fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad founded the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalize War (KLFCW), a non-governmental organization established under the laws of Malaysia on 12 March 2007.
The main objectives of the Foundation, as stated in its Statutes are, inter alia:
  1. To undertake all necessary measures and initiatives to criminalize war and energize peace;
  2. To provide relief, assistance and support to individuals and communities who are suffering from the effects of war and armed conflict wherever occurring and without discrimination on the grounds of nationality, racial origin, religion, belief, age, gender or other forms of impermissible differentiations;
  3. To promote the education of individuals and communities suffering from the effects of war or armed conflict;
  4. To foster schemes for the relief of human suffering occasioned by war or armed conflict;
  5. To provide for mechanisms or procedures in attainment of the above purposes.
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