Ending Iranian Terrorism - What the World Can Do

(Times of Israel) Irwin Cotler - What can the international community do to combat the escalating Iranian state sponsorship of international terrorism? First, all states have the responsibility to invoke the legal, diplomatic, economic and political instruments at their disposal to confront Iranian terrorist aggression. Second, state parties to the Genocide Convention should initiate complaints before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Iran for its incitement to genocide, a standing violation of the Convention. Third, states must hold Iran accountable for its attacks against diplomats. Fourth, the international community should invoke the panoply of legal remedies against the Iranian regime and its terrorist agents. Interpol arrest warrants should be enforced; civil suits should be instituted where appropriate against Iran and its terrorist agents for its perpetration of acts of terror; and the principle of universal jurisdiction should be invoked to hold Iran's leaders accountable for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The writer is a former minister of justice and attorney-general of Canada.

2012-07-30 00:00:00

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