24-05-12

Russia Wants ICC to Examine All NATO Bombings in Libya

destroyedLibya.jpgMOSCOW, May 18 (RIA Novosti)

Russia hopes that the International Criminal Court will consider all cases of NATO airstrikes in Libya that caused civilian casualties, Foreign Ministry human rights spokesman Konstantin Dolgov said in the statement published on the ministry’s website.

“We welcome the decision of ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo to consider alleged violations of international humanitarian law," the statement said. "We presume that the ICC will consider all cases of NATO bombing that caused civilian casualties.”

“The issue of civilian casualties during the NATO Libyan campaign has been repeatedly raised at the UN Security Council and the UN Council on Human Rights.”

“An impartial international investigation into the effects of NATO air strikes during Operation United Defender in Libya is necessary to prevent such tragedies in the future,” the statement said.

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Human Rights Watch: Only 72 victims of 'potentially unlawful air strikes'...

Posted by David Cenciotti in 'Libyan Uprising'

'Libya: NATO must acknowledge and compesate 72 civilian victims of potentially unlawful air strikes, Human Rights Watch says'

May 14, 2012

Last year’s Libya Air War saw the coalition of NATO and non-NATO members, operating within Operation Unified Protector, dropping some 3,644 LGBs, 2,844 GPS-guided, 1,150 precision-guided direct-fire weapons, to enforce the UN Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973 and get rid of Gaddafi.

However, in spite of the exclusive use of PGMs (Precision Guided Munitions) and a 30-minute process to perform identification and accurate Collateral Damage Estimate before any weapons could be dropped against a target (even a time-sensitive one) in order to prevent civilians from being either injured or killed by the strike, NATO was unable to achieve the standard of “zero expectation” of death or injury to civilians.

Unfortunately, when you are at war, you can use the most advanced weapon system ever produced and take all the precautions to reduce collateral damage, but you will never be able to completely remove civilian harm when you drop bombs in urban scenarios.

As already highlighted by the UN report issued in March 2012, NATO has failed to acknowledge several civilian casualties from air strikes during the 2011 air campaign and has not investigated possible unlawful attacks. That’s the conclusion of “Unacknowledged Deaths: Civilian Casualties in NATO’s Air Campaign in Libya” a Human Rights Watch 76-page report released on May 14.

Eight airstrikes that resulted in 72 deaths were investigated on the field during and after the conflict by the HRW that did not find evidence of clear military target at seven of the eight visited sites.

The most serious incident occurred in the village of Majer, 160 kilometers east of Tripoli, the capital, on Aug. 8, 2011, when NATO bombs fell on two family compounds killing 34 civilians and wounding more than 30.

A second strike outside one of the compounds killed and wounded civilians who witnesses said were searching for victims. HRW believes that the infrared system used to guide the bomb (most probably an LGB) should have indicated to the pilot the presence of many people on the ground. If the pilot was unable to determine that those people were combatants, then the strike should have been canceled or diverted.

As reported by the UN report, HRW found that NATO officials were unwilling to investigate some incidents: “They were forthcoming about all the general measures they took to protect civilians, such as the exclusive use of PGM and the rigorous target review process, but they refused to give any details about some specific targets in which civilians died. The standard answer was that all targets were military objects, and they usually called them “command and control nodes” or “staging areas.” But they never gave detailed evidence to support those claims” said Fred Abrahams, special adviser at Human Rights Watch and principal author of the report.

“That evidence matters. We looked at 8 sites and, at seven of them we found no or only possible evidence of Libyan military activity. This is consistent with the UN commission of inquiry. At the eighth site, the target may have been a Libyan Brig General. But that attack also killed three women and four children from the family. The strange part of all this is that NATO is undermining its own successes in reducing civilian casualties. The overall numbers are quite low, but they are refusing to examine the mistakes that took place” Abrahams said.

Obviously, the problem is not linked to a possible violation of the laws of war (under which parties to a conflict may only direct attacks at military targets and minimize harm to civilians) or to lessons that could be learned to minimize casualties in future wars; most probably the real issue is that governments could be compelled to compensate victims of unlawful attacks (admitting a direct involvement they might not want to publicize….) as done in Afghanistan, where a program provide payments to civilian victims of NATO attacks without regard to wrongdoing.

http://theaviationist.com/2012/05/14/hrw-report-libya/

Tags: Civilian casualties, Human Rights Watch, Libya, Libya Air War, NATO, Operation Unified Protector, PGM, United Nations

 

23-05-12

Facebook removes photos of victims of NATO-bombing


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During several months, our Facebook account was closed for so called  'security reasons' and our name and our posts were not to find on Facebook anymore.

Today we attempt again to visit our Facebook account.

We received the message above.

This message gives the false impression that Facebook was blocking our Facebook account during the past months only for reason of the publication of this previously  published photo and the so called 'violation of Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities'.

It is still impossible to visit our Facebook account.  Facebook claims that we are now blocked from posting content on Facebook for 24 hours and wants again a 'security check'.   

It was with this kind of difficult 'security checks' if you have more than 1.000 interested 'friends', and by our refusal to give our phone number for a check of the Facebook-police, that Facebook prevented us during several months to visit our account and that all our posts and research information were during all that time invisible.

It is not the first time that Facebook closed our account and that all our information and researches disappeared.  Princess J. de Croÿ who worked around the Zandvoort childporn case, and many Palestinian activists were already victim of this 'subtle' form of censorship.

At the moment we wanted to publish this post, our internet connection was broken and the shocking picture of the seriously wounded girl, disappeared from this blog just after publication.  Thus we were obliged to use a copy of the forbidden picture.   

We published also some photos of president Barrack Obama and Facebook boss Marc Zückerberg on our Facebook account.  The pictures show how they are drinking champaign and making jokes with some of their friends.  At that moment Libya was bombed during day and night by NATO aircraft and missiles.  I wonder or these pictures of the preachers of the 'Arab spring', are still online.

Jan Boeykens, president of Werkgroep Morkhoven

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Sirte.NATO.jpgRussia Wants ICC to Examine All NATO Bombings in Libya


MOSCOW, May 18 2012 (RIA Novosti) - Russia hopes that the International Criminal Court will consider all cases of NATO airstrikes in Libya that caused civilian casualties, Foreign Ministry human rights spokesman Konstantin Dolgov said in the statement published on the ministry’s website.

“We welcome the decision of ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo to consider alleged violations of international humanitarian law," the statement said. "We presume that the ICC will consider all cases of NATO bombing that caused civilian casualties.”

“The issue of civilian casualties during the NATO Libyan campaign has been repeatedly raised at the UN Security Council and the UN Council on Human Rights.”

“An impartial international investigation into the effects of NATO air strikes during Operation United Defender in Libya is necessary to prevent such tragedies in the future,” the statement said.

(There were some problems with the publication of this article)