Geneva, March 16, 2013 (PPI-OT): The London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission in association with the International Chamber for Peace and Conciliation hosted a seminar titled “Administration of justice in conflict areas”. The panellists included Dr Elvira Dominiquez-Redondo, a human rights expert, Middlesex University, Dr Krishna Ahooja Patel, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Mrs Shamim Shawl, International Muslim Women’s Union, Mrs Susan Wells, tribal judge, Altaf Hussain Wani, APHC-AJK, Mrs Saadani Malainine, International OCAPROCE, Ambassador Ronald Barnes, Indigenous Peoples and Nations’ Coalition, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo, the Chairman of International Council for Human Rights-Kashmir Project and Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl, the Executive Director of Kashmir Centre London. Farah from IHRC moderated the event.
Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo observed that after 9/11 accountability process in the execution of justice was gravely affected. As far as Afzal Guru’s hanging was concerned, he referred to a number of incongruities. He also referred to some critical issues like mass graves, no judicial process has been set in motion. Parliament of European Union passed an urgency resolution in this regard.
Dr Elvira with reference to various conflict situations particularly Kashmir demanded the establishment of Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She presented the legalistic vie about administration of justice.
Mrs Shamim Shawl stressed the need to ensure the rule of law in conflict areas. She raised a number of questions with regard to miscarriage and murder of justice in the case of Afzal Guru. She pointed out that even after hanging, Afzal continues to remain detained as the body has not been handed over to his relatives. All norms of justice have been trampled in this case, she remarked.
Dr Krishna Ahooja Patel pleaded for social political and economic justice in conflict areas.
Altaf Wani referred to lawless laws which are selectively used to defeat the process of justice.
Ambassador Ronald Barnes pleaded for self-determination of the oppressed nation and supported the struggle of the people of Jammu and Kashmir by calling it just.
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