Swiss human rights organisation demands arrest of Shimon Peres during visit 29Mar11 March 31, 2011

MEMO-Middle East Monitor -  29 March 2011

A European rights association filed a case for the arrest of Israeli President, Shimon Peres, upon his arrival in Switzerland on Monday (28.03.2011) on the grounds that he is accused of committing “war crimes and crimes against humanity”.

Anwar El-Gharbi, the head of the Swiss-based Rights for All organisations and a member of the European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza, said that Rights for All submitted a case before the Swiss Attorney General, demanding the arrest of Peres, during his visit to Switzerland.

In a press release made available to Quds Press, El-Gharbi stated, “The Swiss authorities is obliged to arrest Peres on the grounds of the crimes he has committed in the wake of the 22 day Israeli war on Gaza which killed more than a 1,450 Palestinians, most of whom were women and children. The UN Goldstone report into the war accused Tel Aviv and its leaders of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity.”

More than 20 human rights and grassroots organisations supporting staged a demonstration and sit-in on Monday in front of Swiss government premises in Geneva, in protest against Peres’ visit to Switzerland.


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