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UN Secretary-General Should Establish International Investigation

(New York, May 7, 2010) – The Sri Lankan government’s suggestion that a newly announced commission will provide accountability for laws-of-war violations during the armed conflict with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is yet another attempt to deflect an independent international investigation, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch urged United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to take steps to ensure accountability through an independent international investigation into the alleged laws-of-war violations. (more…)

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By Jackie Northam

NPR

American commanders are deeply concerned that mounting civilian casualties in Afghanistan could undermine public support for the U.S.-led campaign against the Taliban, including a major offensive planned for Kandahar.

Hundreds of Afghan civilians have lost their lives every year since the U.S. invaded in late 2001. The U.S. military has taken steps to prevent this, but the casualties continue. (more…)

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By Tom Hyland, The Age

AS AUSTRALIAN commandos await news on whether they will face charges over civilian deaths in Afghanistan, the army is reviewing records to see if Australian forces were involved in separate incidents involving civilian casualties.

The Director of Military Prosecutions, Brigadier Lyn McDade, is expected to announce this week what action she will take over a commando raid in February 2009 in which six civilians were killed. The killings happened during a night-time raid by members of the First Commando Regiment, many of them reservists, targeting a Taliban leader. (more…)

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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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US and EU Should Support Human Rights Council

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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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