|ALL INDIA MUSLIM
Imposition of Common Admission Test on Minority Institutions Militates Against Minority Rights
Demands Exemption for Minority Institutions in Context of Supreme Court Judgement
New Delhi, 17 December, 2003: Shri Syed Shahabuddin, President of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM), has issued the following Statement:
"The AIMMM has taken note of the arrest and detention of the Iraqi leader Saddam Husain and the speculations about his prosecution for ‘war crimes’ and ‘crimes against humanity’ and the forum for such prosecution.
Iraq, a sovereign state and a member of the United Nations, was invaded by the USA, without any justification whatsoever and without international sanction. If President Saddam Husain defended his country, he has not committed any crime. Indeed, the statute of International Court of Criminal Justice explicitly lays down that those who unleash unjustifiable wars against innocent people with all their terrible consequences are liable to prosecution. Unfortunately the mighty are beyond the reach of international law and international humanitarian laws.
Iraq has lost its sovereignty and is under foreign occupation.
The AIMMM hopes and prays that the occupying power shall vacate Iraq and hand over its administration to the UN with the mandate to transfer power to an elected government and thus to restore its sovereignty.
The AIMMM is of the considered view that a sovereign Iraq, under a representative Government, is alone competent to impeach ex-President Saddam Husain or to prosecute him for any wrongs he is alleged to have committed against the Iraqi people. As for wars against Iran and Kuwait, their claims are time-barred by the post-war settlements and agreements.
The AIMMM requests the Government of India to ensure that ex-President Saddam Husain is well-treated by the USA while in custody and that he is handed over to the successive Government of Iraq on restoration of its sovereignty.
Sd/- Syed Shahabuddin
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