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Amnesty calls on states to respect human rights and laws of war

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] Wednesday addressed an open letter to the leaders of the United States, the UK, Spain and Iraq, calling on them to ensure that international human rights and humanitarian law are fully upheld in the event of war. In particular, AI calls on warring parties to

  • Protect civilians by strictly adhering to the rules of international humanitarian law
  • Refrain from using indiscriminate weapons
  • Treat civilian detainees fairly and humanely
  • Protect the rights of combatants
  • Ensure the security and humanitarian needs of the Iraqi population are fully met
  • Protect and assist refugees and internally displaced persons
  • Make sure that perpetrators of crime are brought to justice under international law
  • Commit to using the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission to investigate violations of the Geneva Conventions
  • Support and facilitate the deployment of human rights monitors in Iraq as soon as the security situation permits
  • Support the UN in their humanitarian and human rights work
Read the complete open letter.

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