Ex-ICC prosecutor calls on UK to compensate Palestinians for Balfour Declaration

Former Prosecutor of the Worldwide Felony Court docket (ICC) Choose Luis Moreno Ocampo has referred to as on Britain to apologise for the Balfour Declaration and compensate the Palestinian individuals for the struggling they’ve endured because of this.

A press convention organised by the Palestine Journalists Syndicate in Ramallah yesterday, Ocampo mentioned in keeping with the Oslo Settlement, the accountability for prosecuting criminals lies with the Palestinian judiciary, which is investigating the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh, and in the event that they conclude that the killer is an Israeli they can not strive him, so the ICC can try this.

For his part, British barrister, specialising in public worldwide legislation, Ben Emmerson mentioned he’s inspecting the potential of suing Britain over the Balfour Declaration and holding the successive British governments chargeable for the tragedy and human disaster of the Palestinian individuals, who’re nonetheless residing the results of the UK’s determination at this time.

Emmerson defined that he’s specializing in three areas; the Balfour Declaration, which violated the Covenant of the League of Nations, “when the British mandate authorities made its promise that contributed to a demographic change in Palestine.”

“Though the matter appears very outdated to many, it may be completed,” he added.

Emmerson he’s additionally investigating crimes dedicated by the British Mandate in opposition to a lot of the Palestinian inhabitants which is able to shock the British individuals and the world.

“We can even study the Israeli occupation forces’ practices, which derive from the emergency legislation imposed by the British Mandate authorities, which was not repealed after the British exit from Palestine and is utilized by the Israeli occupation to collectively punish the Palestinians,” he added.

“Submitting the case signifies that Britain would recognise its debt in direction of the Palestinian individuals,” he added.

For his half, a member of the Common Secretariat of the Palestine Journalists’ Syndicate, Montaser Hamdan, praised the authorized efforts to deliver justice to the Palestinian individuals who have suffered a collection of assaults and violations.

“We see this as a invaluable alternative for dialogue on the native and worldwide ranges to construct a stable worldwide authorized file that may be moved on the worldwide stage,” he added.

Hamdan mentioned the ICC Prosecutor, Karim Khan, will at this time obtain the outcomes of the Palestinian investigation into Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh’s execution, declaring that her assassination constitutes a turning level within the crimes dedicated by Israel in opposition to the Palestinian individuals.

(Source / 27.05.2022)

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