Sunday, February 04, 2007
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad listens attentively to a question from a journalist
A three-day conference on War Crimes and Exhibition initiated by the Perdana Global Peace Organisation (PGPO), which starts in Kuala Lumpur's Putra World Trace Centre, Monday (Feb 5), would emphasise on war crimes or criminalising war. It was kicked off by an informal discussion among invited participants on the subject today.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the PGPO chairman and former Malaysian Prime Minister, said a cross-section of people from around the world are attending the conference. The conference receives support from the Malaysian Government in particular the Prime Minister's Department.
He hoped that the conference would be able to do something to criminalise war apart from setting up a commission and tribunal to try war criminals brought to its attention including trials in absentia.
Dr Mahathir said the legal process would be carried in a proper way. It would not be a kangaroo court. Participants including journalists, scientists, victims of war crimes and anti-war activivts from Canada, the United States, Japan, Africa, Palestine, Iraq, Iran are attending the conference.