Friday, October 06, 2006

Israel committed serious human rights violations in Lebanon

In a detailed report presented to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, a Human Rights mission said that serious violations of both human rights and humanitarian law have been committed by Israel during the war in Lebanon.

According to the mission carried out 7-14 Sept, Israel violated its legal obligations to distinguished between military and civillian objectives; to fully apply the principle of proportionality; and to take all feasible precautions to minimise injury to civillians and damage to civillian objects.

The report calls upon the government of Israel to provide full details of its use of cluster bombs in order to facilitate the destruction of the unexploded ordnance and to minimise civillian casualties.

The mission recommends to the International Commission of Inquiry which will be visiting Lebanon and Israel to make a cross-section of Israel attacks to evaluate whether they were directed against legitimate military objectives and respected the principle of proportionality. It should also investigate reported attacks against fleeing civillians, ambulances and health facilitiues, large-scale displacement and the destruction of housing and property, and determine whether any such acts amounted to war crimes.

The report was prepared by the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Philip Alston; the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Paul Hunt; the Reprentative of the Secretary-General on human rights of internally displaces persons, Walter Kolin; and the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, Miloon Kothari.

The question is can the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Countries, the Non-Aligned Movement or the Arab League do anything about this report? The report will simple remained as a report because the devil in Washington will use its veto power to protect its Middle-East ass, Israel. The rest of the world can only watch and do nothing.

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