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Karen Parker on Tamil Self Determination
at Tamil Mirror, Canada
12 May 2008

Karen Parker

Ms. Parker is a San Francisco based attorney who practices human rights and humanitarian law full time. She is responsible, in part, for the evolution of international law in such areas as economic sanctions, weaponry, environment as a human right, and the rights of the disabled. he also consults and serves as an expert witness in legal disputes involving the application of armed conflict law. In 1982, she founded the Association of Humanitarian Lawyers (originally incorporated as International Disability Law), and has served as its president for over ten years. She has also represented or served as a consulting attorney for Disabled Peoples International, Human Rights Advocates, and the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund.

Today, she testifies regularly at the U.N. Commission on Human Rights in Geneva and its Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. She is a recognized expert on the application of humanitarian law with regard to Depleted Uranium (DU), and more recently has brought a lawsuit against the United States on behalf of victims of Iraqi medical facilities bombed by U.S. forces. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has accepted this case.

Her legal arguments on a variety of issues and conflicts are regularly cited by U.N. officials in their reports and included in the final drafts of resolutions adopted by the Commission on Human Rights. In 2000, she worked closely with the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Sanctions in developing a six-prong test to determine if a trade embargo and other economic sanctions violate human rights and humanitarian law, and on the report as a whole. She has also worked closely with U.N. officials appointed to report to the commission on disability, the environment, terrorism, toxic dumping and weaponry, and the human rights situation in specific countries.

In this particular speech, Ms Karen Parker talks about international law and the Tamil self-determination struggle. She distinguishes terrorism from a national liberation struggle.


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