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Monday, March 28, 2011

Swiss rights groups to protest Peres visit to the country

GENEVA, - More than 20 human rights groups in Switzerland will gather in Geneva on Monday to protest a visit by Israeli President Shimon Peres to the country.

They have been working to prosecute Peres over war crimes he committed in the 2008-2009 war on Gaza.

”More than twenty pro-Palestinian rights organizations and popular organizations have called for demonstrations and a sit-in Monday in front of the Swiss government building in Geneva to protest Peres's visit,” said Anwar al-Gharbi, who heads the Swiss-based Rights for All organization.

Switzerland must refrain from receiving Peres, as the UN Goldstone report regarding the war on the Gaza Strip has accused Israeli leaders of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity, in the wake of the killing of more than a 1,450 Palestinians, most of them children and women, within 22 days, Gharbi said.

The announcement of Peres's planned visit came on Saturday when courts and government departments were closed for the weekend, so legal measures against Peres had not been taken, Gharbi explained, adding that the rights groups will put forth ”every effort” to prosecute Peres as a war criminal.

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