Wednesday, December 30, 2020

"An Affront to Justice" Say UN Experts of Trump's Blackwater Pardons

The UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries spoke out today on President Trump's pardons of private security contractors convicted by U.S. courts of War Crimes in Iraq.  “These pardons violate US obligations under international law and more broadly undermine humanitarian law and human rights at a global level”, said Jelena Aparac, the group's chair.  The Working Group called on all States parties to the Geneva Conventions to condemn the pardons.  One hundred ninety-six countries have signed the Conventions, the largest number of any international treaty.  Finalized in 1949 following the horrors of World War II, the rules were intended to limit the savagery of war. The Working Group today cautioned that allowing private contractors to act with impunity would send a signal to all that the laws of war can be selectively violated -- even to the point of murdering civilians -- without consequences.

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