ORAL STATEMENT BY INTERNATIONAL-LAWYERS.ORG TO THE 33 RD REGULAR SESSION OF THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL ON ITEM 3: TOXIC WASTES & MERCENARIES

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International-Lawyers.org welcomes the report of the Special Rapporteur on the handing of toxic

wastes and its particular harmful effect on children. Indeed children are the most effected by the

uncontrolled disposal of toxic wastes, often in developing countries.Read More

There is an urgent need to end the dumping of toxic wastes in developing countries, particularly

in Africa. This requires invoking the responsibility of States that undertake such dumping. And

this in turn requires clearly recognizing that international human rights law provides for State

responsibility for actions of one country that effect people in another country. We urge the

Special Rapporteur to examine how stronger cooperation with the African Commission on

Human and Peoples’ Rights can contribute to combatting the irresponsible dumping of toxic

wastes in Africa.

International-Lawyers.org also welcomes the report of the Working Group on mercenaries and

the chair’s conclusion despite States acknowledging the use of mercenaries coming from their

countries. Not only do mercenaries carry criminal responsibility for their actions, but States’

themselves also bear the burden of State responsibility for an internationally wrongful act.

Moreover, we ask the Working Group to give attention to the root causes that lead to the use of

mercenaries. These root causes, more than any other, is the illegal use of force by States.

Finally, we regret that despite our several efforts to participate in the Montreux document and

process and several meetings around this process, our efforts to participate have been refuted by

the Swiss government that hosts the process and has hosted several meetings in relation to it.

This has happened despite our bringing our interest to contribute to the attention of some of the

most senior Swiss officials involved in this process. We hope that all actors, including those from

civil society, that seek to cooperate with this process, will be encouraged to do so.

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