Holy See urges end to political violence

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Holy See urges end to political violence

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On October 31, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, gave a statement before the Sixth Committee of the Seventy-fourth Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Agenda Item 79, dedicated to the “Report of the International Law Commission,” specifically those chapters concerned with crimes against humanity, peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens), and protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts. The intervention was delivered by Monsignor Fredrik Hansen.

Archbishop Auza stated that every effort should be made by States to put an end to political, religious and ethnic violence, not to mention crimes against humanity like human trafficking. There is a legal responsibility placed upon all States, he said, to prosecute the perpetrators of such crimes and to cooperate with each other to hold such malefactors responsible and assist victims.

He welcomed the draft articles on the prevention and punishment of crimes against humanity prepared by the International Law Commission as well as its decision to recommend to the General Assembly the elaboration of an International Convention on the prevention and punishment of crimes against humanity. He praised, in particular, the inclusion of the principle of non-refoulement and regretted the failure to include a proper grounding in international law for the use of the term “gender.” He said that two issues should be kept in mind: victims of crimes against humanity should have the opportunity to seek justice and have their voices heard at an international level, and assistance to States with fragile judicial systems must be provided so that they have the tools to protect racial, ethnic and religious minorities.

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 09:37
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