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Genocide gets attention at Malaysian conference
The crime of genocide is getting attention from countries all over the world. However, the current legal system with respect to genocide still needs improvement. A Malaysian human rights conference was held on September 9th and 10th, 2003 in the hotel Istana in Kuala Lumpur. Many legal specialists attended the conference to discuss human rights. Professor Gillian Triggs from the University of Melbourne Law School spoke at the conference, calling for all countries to constitute a more perfect legal system to punish genocide.
Professor Gillian Triggs said at the conference that a lot of human rights issues are not listed within the national legal system of countries. Therefore, this results in the law’s incapability of bringing genocide perpetrators to justice. The important thing now is to carefully study the current legal system to bring genocide and other human rights topics into national legal systems.
The Australian legal society has made great progress in this matter, she said during the interview. Before this time last year, Australia was facing the same problem. “But now genocide has been listed in Australia’s national law,” she said. “Thus, the government and the people can learn more about genocide, and the victims can file lawsuit against those who commit genocide.”
In addition, Professor Gillian Triggs talked about the lawsuit against former Chinese president Jiang Zemin. She pointed out that these lawsuits are going on in Belgium, US and other countries. She thinks that there will be more lawsuits against Jiang Zemin in the future in other countries of the world. “The biggest problem is how to bring a country’s leader to court,” she said. Somehow, it is still difficult in practice because country leaders and high-ranking officials all have immunity. But she also said in some countries like Chile, the courts have shown that it is getting more difficult for them to accept the immunity of heads of countries.
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