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Dear list, In a previous post, I suggested this list also be on the DU watch list. Here is a post from that list today, about a new project, with advice from attorney Karen Parker, thanks, Philippa >===== Original Message From email@example.com ===== Thanks Davey. I note that the project will assist in claims at the European Court of Human Rights. This will only help those injured by combatants from States Parties to the Council of Europe. However, there may be children who have a claim against the United States. Those children could petition the Organization of American States (OAS)if there is no possibilty for judicial action in the US. And also please note that claims at both the European Court and OAS must meet the "exhaustion of domestic remedies" requirement. Thus, claimants would have to file in a Council of Europe member country's courts or in the US first and have been "denied". For Europe, I'm assuming the UK -- as neither Spain nor Italy (Poland?? or others) had any combat forces. There are ways of excusing the "exhaustion" requirements -- which could probably be invoked in these cases. But this will require experienced solicitors and barristers (and US attorneys) in these matters. No easy task. I have been involved in at least 6 cases (all at least somewhat successful) in both forums and understand how difficult this is. Four of these cases have involved humanitarian law in conjuction with human rights law. In fact I have a current case at the OAS on a "humanitarian law/human rights" issue -- but not on this particular point. There are a number of experienced attorneys in the UK on these issues, so they would be most usefully involved. Please contact me off line for their contacts. All the best. Karen Parker -------Original Message------- From: davey garland <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: 07/20/03 10:34 AM To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Subject: [DU-WATCH] Child Victims of War - ammended email contact > > Dear All, the project that i sent around some weeks ago has now evolved, with a number of projects now being set up. Be pleased if folk could circulate this, as the press launch is in a few weeks time. many thanks davey garland (pandora DU Project/CVW) Child Victims of War Children have always been the greatest victims of war. They may suffer trauma, injury or death; be orphaned or separated from their families, or forced to witness the most horrific events imaginable. Recent wars waged by the US/UK and their NATO allies have been particularly traumatic due to the latest technological forms of warfare. These new wars also leave an environmental legacy which is both radiological and toxicological. Children born many years after the war may still be affected by rare genetic defects, cancers, and leukaemias. ‘Child Victims of War’ is a charity which has been created as a response to these new military developments. We believe that in the 21st century it is no longer ethically viable for the international community to resort to the use of force in this way. The charity is unique in that it not only proposes to fund projects to alleviate the suffering of children in war zones, but also to seek compensation for child victims through the European Court of Human Rights. The charity will be opening its first office in Baghdad, as a response to the effects of thirteen years of war and sanctions on the children of Iraq. Four initial projects have been identified. · The support of children suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of war. · The support of children suffering from the radiological and toxicological fallout of war. · The support of children suffering from amputation, burns or spinal injury due to cluster bombs and other munitions. · Legal support for children wishing to claim compensation through the European Court of Human rights. The charity wishes not only to raise money to fund these projects but to raise awareness of the issues. Our website will be dual lingual (English/Arabic) and will give full feedback and information to our donors, so those supporting us can become as actively engaged in the projects as they wish. We operate as a co operative and will run the projects through a strong team of people in the target country. For example, the Baghdad office will be staffed solely by Iraqis. We hope eventually to extend our work to Afghanistan, Palestine and the Balkans. A press launch for the organisation will take place on the 6 August. For More details contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Joanne Baker Abdul Haq Al-Ani Co ordinator Legal Adviser ________________________________________________________________________ Want to chat instantly with your online friends? Get the FREE Yahoo! Messenger http://uk.messenger.yahoo.com/ To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: email@example.com Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/ > ------------------------ Yahoo! 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