A Debate in World Impunity
Where & When
The former president of the DROI subcommittee, Pierantonio Panzeri, who dreams of "a different Europe", has decided to found, in cooperation with No Peace Without Justice, which hosts its headquarters, the Association against Impunity and Transnational Justice (AITJ). The launch of the association had exceptional inaugural women such as Federica Mogherini, in her first public appearance after the end of her mandate as High Representative for Foreign Policy and European Security, and Maria Arena, current president of DROI.
In the presence of Hatice Cengiz and Agnès Callamard, the conference was opened and moderated by Gianfranco Dell'Alba, president of No Peace Without Justice. The parterre was also attended by Professor Emeritus of Public Law of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Eric David, Anthony Bellanger, Secretary General of the International Federation of Journalists and many other participants, including MEPs Eva Khaili, Andrea Cozzolino and Marc Tarabella.
Panzeri explained the reasons of the birth of this association at a time when progress is being made in the technological universe while impunity seems to have returned to the Middle Ages. Just think of the war in Syria, the ongoing devastation in Yemen, the Libyan crisis, the Royinga genocide, the innocent deaths killed by the cartels of drug trafficking in South America (on this point Fernando Iglesias, Argentinean MP present at the meeting proposed the establishment of a Pan-American Court ad hoc for the victims of the cartels). Also on this point, Panzeri confirmed the transnational nature of his project, which espoused the principle of global fight against impunity. Without forgetting the fundamental role of civil society.
"The initiative to pursue impunity almost never starts from the States" warned Federica Mogherini.
This is why bridging organizations are needed, capable of bringing the victims of injustice directly to the political arena. Free voices and independent investigations are needed. States do not feel empathy, people do. Justice can be demanded even out of love.