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OIC: JASTA is violation of the principle of international law

Published: 04 Oct 2016 - 10:29 am | Last Updated: 02 Nov 2021 - 03:41 pm
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Jeddah: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has expressed  great concern on the passing of the US law known as the Justice against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA). This law is a violation of the principle of immunity of sovereign states, which is a basic and established legal principle in international relations and international law, OIC said in a statement yesterday.

The reactions of the international community to this law underscore the need to adhere to the centuries old position held by states that no sovereign state, relying on arbitrary standards as means of applying political and economic pressure, may impose its jurisdiction on another sovereign state. Otherwise, this would be a breach of the independence of states and a flagrant violation of established principles in international law and interstate relations.

Regrettably, this unilateral law is an invitation to serious chaos in international relations. It upsets a firm and established international legal order and diminishes the integrity of the entire legal system because it opens the door to states to pass similar laws, which is expected in reaction to protect their rights, said the statement.

The OIC expressed its hope that the American legislature would reconsider the said law and that it would not enter into effect so as to ensure regional and international peace and to ensure that the international efforts to combat terrorism are not negatively impacted.