Activism: Tony Blair Citizen's Arrest in Hong Kong (Clean Audio, Democracy Now)

Published on Sep 11, 2020
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"This evening, I attempted a citizen's arrest upon Tony Blair, who was speaking at Hong Kong University. I did this in the hope of renewing debate around the solid war crimes case against him, and in order that the campaign to conduct citizen's arrests against Blair continues whenever and wherever he goes. The action was legal under cap. 221 of the Laws of Hong Kong, section 101(2) which allows for citizen's arrest upon suspicion of serious crimes. He mis-led the British public over the 2003 Iraq invasion and caused the deaths of at least 100,000 people. I believe it to be abhorrent that HKU is sponsoring a talk about faith hosted by a man who set religious tolerance back decades."

Blair admitted in 2009 that he would have gone to war regardless of Iraq's alleged WMDs -- international law does not allow a war of aggression in the name of regime change. He stated in 2002 that Iraq's production of WMDs was 'beyond doubt' and thus misled the British people. The use of depleted uranium and cluster bombs may constitute 'aggression' in that they are indiscriminate and cause large civilian causalities. His actions leading the Iraq invasion were therefore a clear violation of...

Article 5.2 of the 1998 International Criminal Court Rome Statute (awaiting adoption).
Article 33 and 51 of the UN Charter.
Principle VI of the 1946 Nuremburg Principles -- Crimes against peace
1949 Geneva Convention IV: Article 146
1907 Hague Convention IV: Article 3

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