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On the eve of the EU Summit in Brussels and with war in Iraq imminent, Amnesty International has issued a challenge to all EU Heads of State or Government to spell out their individual and collective determination to ensure strict adherence to international law in the conduct of war.
Amnesty International has set out a list of demands governing the conduct of war in a document sent to Britain, Spain, the United States and Iraq:
“People come first – Amnesty International’s 10-point appeal to all parties involved in possible military action in Iraq“ (available see link at end of page).
“People must come first. All EU leaders must speak out publicly and forcefully to reaffirm the values and commitments that bind the EU and each of its members,” said Dick Oosting, Director of Amnesty International’s EU Office.
“All EU countries – but particularly those who are participating in the Iraq war – must give guarantees that the laws of war will be fully respected by anyone under their command,” he said.
- Cluster bombs
- Anti-personnel landmines
- Chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.
- that there are no direct attacks on civilians
- that attacks on military targets do not have a disproportionate impact on civilians
- that the security and humanitarian needs of the Iraqi people are fully met
- that refugees and internally displaced people are protected.
Human rights monitors
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Amnesty International EU Office in Brussels:
GSM: (32) 0477625502