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Trump’s pardon of Blackwater Iraq contractors violates international law: UN

Trump’s pardon of Blackwater Iraq contractors violates international law: UN

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has termed Trump’s pardoning of 4 US Blackwater contractors, convicted of killing 14 Iraqi civilians, a violation of US obligations under international law. ’These pardons violate US obligations under international law and more broadly undermine humanitarian law and human rights at a global level,’ said Marta Hurtado, a spokesperson of the UN organization

Jon 1 months

I'll care what the UN thinks about human rights enforcement when they aren't listening to China and Saudi Arabia?

#Donate2RebellionPAC 1 months

I can understand patriotism, I can understand standing up for your own, but, if allegedly they murdered civilians for no reason or cause then they should have faced American Justice but since GOP President Trump decided to let them skate, it would be quite a sight when they are dragged before the war crimes court in The Hague. What's interesting that no one's really voicing their objection to this, how can this be unpatriotic to criticize a pardon of "soldiers" who dishonor the name of American Armed Forces by being indirectly associated with them on the World Stage? I'm certain Russia Today is already camping out in front of The Hague waiting for one of those shooters to slip up and get arrested in a country that cooperates with the international war crimes Court. Then it will be weeks of scandalous testimonies that will be publicized and each and every word will be scrutinized and the reputation of United States and American Armed Forces will suffer as a whole. this just may be the most pervasive and long-lasting damage that Trump has done to the United States and the reputation of America for being just and fair in international relations. After this it'll be a lot harder to develop international coalitions for peacekeeping actions around the world.

The Right Perspective
The Right Perspective 1 months

He pardons war criminals but he can't pardon Assange. What is Trump trying to accomplish here?

The Facts Provider
The Facts Provider 1 months

The finest example of American Terrorism there is. Pardoning these contractors who commit war crimes. Thank you Trump, Jesus would be proud of you dawg!

MIDESSA 1 months

Found guilty in a court of law, for all of you who feel the election was stolen this is proof of a crime. Found guilty in court. Not that justice or rule of law has ever been a priority of this particular orange chest beating monkey. Fortunately for the planet you conspiracy nutz have none so captain incompetence's days are numbered.

is it 2021 yet?
is it 2021 yet? 1 months

“Pardoning the Blackwater contractors is an affront to justice and to the victims of the Nisour Square massacre and their families,” said Jelena Aparac, chair of the U.N. working group on the use of mercenaries, said in a statement.” “The Geneva Conventions oblige states to hold war criminals accountable for their crimes, even when they act as private security contractors, the U.N. experts said.” “These pardons violate U.S. obligations under international law and more broadly undermine humanitarian law and human rights at a global level.” Seems trump likes his international law like his national law—rules for thee but not for me. What a wonderful “law and order” prez!

Old McBundy
Old McBundy 1 months

The term “International Law” would actually have to mean something before anyone should care what it says. Sovereign nations have laws. It’s not up to the rest of the world to determine what laws another country operates under. I was never presented with an opportunity to vote for the United Nations to have any say in my nation, so the UN can go fornicate itself. The US president has the power to pardon any American for just about any federal offense, no matter how heinous that crime may have been, as in the case of murdering 14 civilians. If the president saw fit to pardon them, that’s the end of the conversation. He might be a piece of shit for pardoning several pieces of shit, but that is not the UN’s concern. No other country has any legitimate say in it.

Michael 1 months

The right wingers complaining this being a UN piece . . . Does what Trump did not concern any of you? Like we have had war-criminal presidents, but what even was Trump thinking? He embarrassed himself and gets nothing out of it.

Shivesh 1 months

Following human rights is a perceptive thought. It could have been handled better.

Jon 1 months

Do you know how hard to is to actually be convicted of war crimes in the US? It's a pretty high bar.

MyVoice 1 months

Trump cannit stop other countries from bringing these men to justice. An international arrest warrant can be issued and they can be tried in Iraq or other country. The usa is not a signatury to this but whenever these men use any air carriers outside the usa they can be caught and brought to international criminal court.

David 1 months

Y'all realize he didn't pardon the one contractor who was the instigator and fired first. Only the ones who fired back after Iraqi police started firing on them. I think we ALL would have done the same thing to save our own lives

eddy yetty
eddy yetty 1 months

I don't know if I agree with trump here but I will say, the UN has little credibility with their own track record. No different than any other group, only looking to line their pockets.

Doug 1 months

Trump is probably laughing hysterically right now. China and Saudi Arabia (group members) are telling the US that its a human rights violator?

porcus 1 months

A pardon can be given to anyone who was convicted of any crime, it does not matter what they did. The UN has no say in which American in American prisons is pardoned by the American president, nor in what happens within US boundaries. But I would not travel outside of the US if I was that guy....

Joe 1 months

While I strongly disagree with pardoning these criminals, the UN has China, Saudia Arabia, and North Korea on the human rights council, so I dont exactly take what they have to say seriously.

Shane 1 months

3 of the 4 contractors were convicted of attempted manslaughter. Under what grounds was this conviction made, compared to Slatten's conviction of first-degree murder? I don't see any details on this

porcus 1 months

If the guy is smart he will never leave the US borders. Pretty hard to justify massacring a bunch of innocent civilians just going about their day, but this guy has found a way to do just that. At least, to himself.

V!!!!! 1 months

If you killed someone in combat, there is honor in that. But these trigger happy boy scouts don't have any discipline or honor. They don't represent what this country stands for. They need to be re tried. No justice No peace

systematic fighter
systematic fighter 1 months

Well when you go around blasting civies you are a c.oward and deserve to be tor tured.

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