Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Iraqi people can't sue

The veteran Chinese judge in the International law said that the Iraqi people can't sue against the United States in the International Court of Justice, the court adjudicating disputes between states.

Judge Shi Jiu yong
, the President of International Court of Justic, said that the Iraqi people can't sue in the court because they are not on behalf of the state. Even if there is a temporary government, it can not sue in the case that it is not authorised by the United Nations.

In Dec. 15, the Court has released its judgement on the
Legality of Use of Force between Serbia and other eight countries. In one judgement, it is said that Serbia and Montenegro was not a Member of the United Nations in 1999 and, as a result, was not then a party to the Statute of the Court.

It makes me remind of the book
The Lexus and the Olive Tree wrote by Friedman. States should be last line of defense to protect the people.

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