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|US Warned massacres are against International Law|
|11/21/01 at 06:00:13|
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US Warned massacres are against International Law
America would be in breach of its international obligations if it allowed the
Northern Alliance to refuse to accept the surrender of Taliban soldiers in the
Afghan cities of Kunduz and Kandahar, lawyers and human rights groups have
They said that under international law America could be held responsible for
genocide if Taliban troops were massacred despite offering to surrender. Under
the Geneva Convention, it is illegal to give no quarter to the enemy.
Richard Gordon QC, an international human rights barrister, said: "The US does
bear some responsibility for ensuring [the Taliban troops] are treated humanely
because [the US] are effectively in control."
Donald Rumsfeld, the US Defence Secretary, has warned United Nations and
anti-Taliban fighters not to let Taliban and al-Qa'ida hardliners negotiate flight
from Afghanistan to "make their mischief" else-where. He also opposed any
settlement that might permit the surrender and ultimate release of Taliban and
al-Qa'ida fighters now trapped in the besieged cities of Kunduz in the north and
Kandahar in the south.
Human Rights Watch is also concerned by reports of large-scale summary
executions of would-be Taliban defectors by foreign fighters in Kunduz.
Source: The Independent
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