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Reuters

April 18, 2011

ARBIL, Iraq, April 18 (Reuters) – At least 90 people were wounded in a second straight day of clashes between protesters and security forces in the northern Iraqi city of Sulaimaniya on Monday, police and medical sources said. (more…)

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By: Angus MacSwan

April 5, 2011

BENGHAZI, Libya — The International Criminal Court has evidence Muammar Gaddafi’s government planned to put down protests by killing civilians before the uprising in Libya broke out, the ICC’s prosecutor said on Tuesday.

Protests against the government that began on Feb. 15 swiftly descended into civil war after Col. Gaddafi’s forces opened fire on demonstrators. He then put down uprisings in Libya’s west, leaving the east and the city of Misrata in rebel hands.

NATO-led air power is now holding the balance in Libya, preventing Col. Gaddafi’s forces from overrunning the seven-week old revolt, but unable for now to hand the rebels outright victory. (more…)

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Reuters
7/21/10

A new Israeli report on the 2008-2009 war in the Gaza Strip says that the Israel Defense Forces is taking steps to reduce the number of civilian casualties in future wars and will restrict the use of white phosphorous.
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By The Sunday Times

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD Tamil girl with a severe leg injury was sharing a hospital bed yesterday with her elder sister, who had burns to her face. Their mother was dead and their father was in intensive care with a 50% chance of survival.

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By Human Rights Watch

The Israeli military’s findings about the conduct of its forces in Gaza, announced on April 22, lack credibility and confirm the need for an impartial international inquiry into alleged violations by both Israel and Hamas, Human Rights Watch said today. Israel and Hamas should cooperate with Justice Richard Goldstone, the eminent international jurist appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate serious laws-of-war violations during the recent conflict.

“The investigative results make clear that the Israeli military will not objectively monitor itself,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “The conclusions are an apparent attempt to mask violations of the laws of war by Israeli forces in Gaza. Only an impartial inquiry will provide a measure of redress for the civilians who were killed unlawfully. ”

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By BBC News

The Israeli military says internal investigations show it acted according to international law during its operations in Gaza three months ago.

A small number of errors did take place, it admits, such as the deaths of 21 people in a wrongly targeted house, but it claims these were “unavoidable”.

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US and EU Should Support Human Rights Council

Mission

By Human Rights Watch

Israel and the Hamas authorities in Gaza should cooperate fully with the United Nations fact-finding mission, headed by Justice Richard Goldstone, to investigate allegations of serious violations of the laws of war in Gaza and southern Israel, Human Rights Watch said today. In letters to US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and 27 European Union foreign ministers, Human Rights Watch called on them to endorse the Goldstone investigation and to urge Israel and Hamas to cooperate.

Human Rights Watch has repeatedly called for an independent and impartial international investigation into allegations of such violations by all parties to the recent Gaza conflict. On April 3, 2009, the president of the UN Human Rights Council announced that Goldstone will lead the council’s fact-finding mission with precisely this mandate.

“We have strongly criticized the Human Rights Council in the past for its exclusive focus on Israeli rights violations, but Justice Goldstone is committed to an independent and impartial investigation into alleged wrongdoing by Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups alike,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “He has the experience and proven commitment to ensure that this inquiry will demonstrate the highest standards of impartiality.”

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