Malaysian Prime Minister: "the rule of law no longer exists"

[JURIST] In a speech to the Malaysian Parliament, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has condemned the US-led war on Iraq as a breach of international law and a violation of the UN charter:

The UN and international law are meaningless now. We have reverted to the Stone Age where might is right. It is thinkable now that the superpowers would violate sovereign nations at their whims and fancies simply because a country is perceived to be undemocratic, disrespectful of human rights, disregards religious freedom — justifying intervention and a regime change by way of exiling and assassinating an undesirable leader. This is what is left after international law and the UN have been destroyed. The rule of law no longer exists because the very people who coined this term are themselves the violators. If there is any action that is destructive and violates all principles meant to bring about a peaceful world which is free from oppression, then this is the biggest violation of all by a superpower-cum-nuclear power.
Read the full text of the Malaysian Prime Minister's speech, together with the motion he presented to the Parliament.


 

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