Canada Must Uphold International Law to Ensure Accountability for the Victims of War Crimes

On 4 November 2009, the Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the
Gaza Conflict (Goldstone Report) is scheduled to be tabled before the Plenary of the UN
General Assembly in New York. Following the Report’s endorsement at the Human
Rights Council on 21 October 2009, it now falls to the General Assembly to ensure that
the Report is endorsed and its recommendations acted upon. The General Assembly
must promote and support the primacy of international law in the necessity of ensuring
justice and accountability for the war crimes and possible crimes against humanity that
characterized Israel’s assault on Gaza in December 2008-Janurary 2009.

The Canadian Arab Federation (CAF) calls upon the Canadian government to fully
endorse the Report and urge the General Assembly (GA) to adopt each of its
recommendations and to:

· fully endorse the Report of the Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict;
· urge the Security Council to endorse the Report, and to expeditiously pursue all
accountability mechanisms presented therein; and report to the General
Assembly on the progress in this matter;
· demand that credible internal domestic investigations and prosecutions be
carried out by the parties to the conflict in accordance with international
standards of impartiality, independence, promptness and effectiveness;
· establish an escrow fund for the purpose of compensating the victims of
violations of international law committed during Operation Cast Lead;
· request Switzerland to convene a conference of the High Contracting Parties to
the Geneva Conventions to ensure its respect;
· promote an urgent discussion on the use of munitions such as white
phosphorous (as mentioned in the Report), and a moratorium on their use by
Israel.

The international community of States, along with civil society, and the general public
must stand firm and united in upholding the conviction that both State and non-state
actors must respect international human rights and humanitarian law; that there is no
peace and security without justice; and that accountability for violations of international
law is fundamental.

For more information, please contact:

Khaled Mouammar
CAF National President
416-879-6766

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