The Danger of a Nuclear, Genocidal and Rights-Violating Iran: The Responsibility to Prevent Petition
Cotler Releases Unprecedented International Petition Endorsed by over 60 Leading International Law Scholars, Experts on Genocide, and Survivors
|Date: December 30, 2009|
Professor Irwin Cotler, MP and former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada today released an international petition on “The Danger of a Nuclear, Genocidal and Rights-Violating Iran: The Responsibility to Prevent Petition”.
The Petition documents what Professor Cotler calls “the toxic convergence of three distinct but inter-related threats – the nuclear threat, the state-sanctioned incitement to genocide, and massive domestic human rights violations”.
Said Cotler, “Ahmadinejad’s Iran has emerged as a clear and present danger to international peace and security, to regional and Middle East stability, and to its own people. Bringing Ahmadinejad’s Iran to justice is not a policy option – it is an international legal obligation of the first order”.
The Petition has been endorsed by over 60 leading international law scholars, experts on genocide, and survivors, including: Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel; Former Swedish Deputy Prime Minister and expert on genocide Per Ahlmark; Darfur survivor and Sudanese Member of Parliament Salih Mahmoud Osman; and a host of leading Iranian human rights scholars.
Cotler concluded: “Let there be no mistake about it. As the Petition demonstrates, Iran is in standing violation of international legal prohibitions against the development and proliferation of nuclear weapons; Iran has already committed the crime of incitement to genocide prohibited under the Genocide Convention; and Iran is engaged in widespread and systematic violations of the rights of its own people”.