By Irwin Cotler
A global human rights convention marked the fortieth anniversary of the Nuremberg trials. This selection of papers and lawsuits invitations the reader to proportion in discussions by means of best human rights students and advocates. the gathering comprises speeches through Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel and Chilean human rights activist Carmen Quintana. additionally integrated is the unfastened speech/group libel/pornography debate among legal professional Alan Dershowitz, pass judgement on Maxwell Cohen, attorney Arthur Jethmalani, and criminal theorist Kathleen Mahoney. different papers contain these of South African human rights legal professional Arthur Chaskalson and US Member of Parliament Paul Boateng; and battle crimes experts Irwin Citler, litigator David Matas, Australian leader Justice Michael Kirby, and Alan Ryan Jr, former head of the USA workplace of particular Investigations
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We save a certain sense of dignity which may be seen as a source of strength by those who live with us and who will live after us. Third, we must realize that neutrality is wrong. When human beings are in danger, when human dignity is at stake, neutrality is a sin, not a virtue. For neutrality never helps the victim, it only helps the victimizer; it never assists the tormented, it only encourages the tormentor. Therefore, neutrality, which used to be, at one time, a high idea or ideal of nations, is wrong.
Le present gouvernement a etabli, le 7 fevrier 1985, la Commission d'enquete sur les criminels de guerre, qui a etc chargee de recueillir des donnees factuelles et de recenser les moyens legaux pour regler les problemes. Le rapport de cette commission qui a etc depose le 30 decembre 1986 a permis au gouvernement d'agir resolument et rapidement. The Deschenes Report allowed the nature and scope of the problem of war criminals in Canada to be identified with far greater precision than was previously possible.
But it was selective justice; it was partial justice. Is it still up to us, forty years later, to continue with selective justice? We know that, during the Second World War, crimes were com- Nuremberg and Its Legacy 41 mitted all over the world for which the Soviets were responsible. The communists were responsible for a good deal of that injustice and crime, and yet we continue to harp today only about Nazi war criminals. What is being done about communist war criminals? Many of them left the Soviet Union during the war and after the war.