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.