Activism – My Attempted Citizen’s Arrest of Tony Blair in Hong Kong (Press Releases)

Press releases below.

Interviews/coverage: RTHK, The Standard, Time Out and South China Morning Post locally. Huffington Post UK,  The GuardianBBC NewsThe Independent and The Telegraph in the UK. Democracy Now in the US.

Coverage via AP & Reuters news wires:  The Daily Mail, Sky News, ITNNDTVTIME Magazine, Fox NYCPress TVGuido Fawkesi4U News, Yahoo, Channel News Asia, Phuket News, B92 , Beijing CreamInformation Clearing House, ShanghaiistStraits Times, XFMStop the War Coalition, Signal1 etc…

Reuters footage via Democracy Now (with clean audio)…

(YouKu video here for those behind the Chinese firewall)

Radio interview with Phil Whelan, Morning Brew – RTHK Radio 3, 18.6.12

Update 2: I am eligible for a share of the ‘bounty’ offered to those who attempt a citizen’s arrest of Mr Blair. I will donate the sum – of around £2400 – to relevant charities (including the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in Gaza).  The site was founded originally by British Guardian journalist and writer George Monbiot.

Update 1: The attempted arrest took place at around 5:50 Hong Kong time, 14/6/12. I approached Mr Blair within moments of his arrival on stage – I was prevented from waiting next to him for the police. I stated the following within a couple of metres or so in front of him…

“Mr Blair, I’m conducting a citizen’s arrest for crimes against peace under the Hong Kong “Power 101″ law.

You misled the British people. You caused the deaths of at least 100,000 people. HK police are obliged to support your arrest.

Your war on Iraq defied sections of the Nuremburg Principles, UN Charter, Geneva Convention and pending International Criminal Court Rome Statute. You cannot talk about religion when you set back religious tolerance decades.”

Mr Blair was delivering a speech on ‘faith and globalisation’… I left of my own accord and did not encounter security/police upon exit.

Original press release: “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.”

“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).

the Court… “shall exercise jurisdiction over the crime of aggression once a provision is adopted in accordance with articles 121 and 123 defining the crime and setting out the conditions under which the Court shall exercise jurisdiction with respect to this crime.”

Article 33 and 51 of the UN Charter.

“Article 33: 1. The parties to any dispute, the continuance of which is likely to endanger the maintenance of international peace and security, shall, first of all, seek a solution by negotiation, enquiry, mediation, conciliation, arbitration, judicial settlement, resort to regional agencies or arrangements, or other peaceful means of their own choice.

2. The Security Council shall, when it deems necessary, call upon the parties to settle their dispute by such means.”

“Article 51: Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security. Measures taken by Members in the exercise of this right of self-defence shall be immediately reported to the Security Council and shall not in any way affect the authority and responsibility of the Security Council under the present Charter to take at any time such action as it deems necessary in order to maintain or restore international peace and security.”

Principle VI of the 1946 Nuremburg Principles – Crimes against peace

“(a) Crimes against peace:

(i) Planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances;

(ii) Participation in a common plan or conspiracy for the accomplishment of any of the acts mentioned under (i).””

UN agreements therefore uphold:

1949 Geneva Convention IV: Article 146 

“The High Contracting Parties undertake to enact any legislation necessary to provide effective penal sanctions for persons committing, or ordering to be committed, any of the grave breaches of the present Convention.”

1907 Hague Convention IV: Article 3 

“A belligerent party which violates the provisions of the said regulations shall, if the case demands, be liable to pay compensation. It shall be responsible for all the acts committed by persons forming part of its armed forces.”

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Political cartoon from the SCMP

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  1. Very well done Tom. Let us hope that one day an arrest for war crimes finally does stick

    (Although with the current shower in government here in the UK attempting to make it harder to arrest war criminals, so certain Israelis are no longer worried about visiting our fair isle, I doubt it will happen here any time soon)

  2. Tom, if you ever come over to Taiwan, any time, let me know, me and some of my veteran activist buddies would love to give you a hero’s welcome! (pinhut @ g mail. com). That was great work.

  3. Congratulations, Tom.  I had thought about attending this so-called ‘faith’ talk, but the hypocracy would have made me physically sick.  He is the devil’s disciple.  How is it that people cannot see him for what he is – a charlatan through and though and an evil man.  Until he is brought to book for his war crimes there will be no justice in the world.  Well done for challenging him!

  4. well done, my support from macedonia, him and bill clinton etc are the biggest war criminals in the world, they alowed bombarding serbia 13 ago with depleted uranium, the cancer rate in this area its bigger at least 5 times, here the people are getting more and more sick, me i have 32 years and i have mioma and tyroid tumor and my older sister has tyroid tumor also, they are sick people sick for power, let them stay in prison forever!

  5. Well done Tom. I wish his lies could be interrupted like this more often. By the way is there any website dedicated to the legal case against Blair – gathering the evidence together and detailing the historical facts? There really should be a public historical record. Otherwise his lies will gradually be forgotten.  

  6. Bravo. It takes balls to do what you did. If i attempted to do what you did with my bearded face, i might get shot right in the face.

    “Someday the world will either wake up or go to permanent sleep.”

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