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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Jurist Guest Luis Moreno-Ocampo Discusses Struggles as International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor

LuismorenoocampoFrom the JURIST Special Guest Columnist Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court at The Hague, says that since he began work in late 2003 his office has already faced and met several key challenges in bringing to justice persons suspected of committing war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. Here is the Introduction to his piece:

I took office as Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in November 2003. As we begin 2007, I would like to take the opportunity to reflect on my office’s achievements and some of the main challenges we have faced.

In the last three years, the Office of the Prosecutor has opened three investigations, collected evidence amidst on-going violence, requested arrest warrants and secured the arrest of a major suspect. In accomplishing these results, the Office had to overcome considerable obstacles. Specifically, I would like to detail the three major challenges the Office has faced in relation to its core activities of investigating and prosecuting crimes under its jurisdiction. Each challenge has necessitated creative thinking and innovative solutions.  Read. . . [Mark Godsey]

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Dear Prof.

I am Kowsari form IRAN. I am a prosperous student in Robotics and machin learning.
Last year, I could get a very competitive scholarship from one of the best university in Australia. Unfortunately, I could not get VISA after 4 months, I lodged my document to the embassy of Australia. They rejected me and in the letter of embassy the reason of my rejection mentioned as “… may directly or indirectly associated with the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction”. It was incredible for me. They accused me and I think it is not justice.

By this type of rejection, I can not get any VISA from not only Australia but also any country. I want to complain about the decision about myself from the embassy of Australia. Because they ruined my international academic reputation.

I have an academic characteristic and base on my interest my plan is to being a university professor and teaching in one of the Iranian universities. I scheduled all of life plans to aim to this goal. Finally after paying several months of effort and costs I could get a good offer and scholarship from a well known university in Australia.

I tried to clear the embassy vision about myself by writing a letter to the embassy and asking them for consider my file and resume again, they suggested me to lodge again and I did that but till now, I have not gotten VISA and my scholarship deadline( it is on 20 July) will be passed.

Would you please help me to get my rights, I don't know that I can sue the Australian embassy for their accusation or not? What organization or NGO can help me?


Posted by: Taha | Jul 18, 2007 12:47:53 AM

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