Sunday, March 11, 2007

AFGHANISTAN: War crime immunity law gets green light

This is gonna be popular. It seems Bush's style of rule is spreading. There's nothing wrong with committing criminal acts.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday signed a controversial bill which provides sweeping amnesty for war crimes committed over more than two decades of conflict in Afghanistan.

Afghan legislators who have been opposing the bill criticised the move.

"We are deeply concerned over the contents of this undemocratic document," said Shukria Barakzai, an MP and democracy activist whose parliamentary group opposes the amnesty law.

Mir Ahmad Joyenda, another lawmaker, told IRIN that those "MPs opposing the immunity law were explicitly threatened by powerful warlords in the national assembly".

Noor Akbari, a former Afghan diplomat, said the enacted law contradicts the country's constitution and will violate some of the international human rights treaties to which Afghanistan is a signatory.

To be clear. No one has the right to grant amnesty to war criminals. No one. There are some people who don't deserve amnesty such as child molesters, serial killers and especially war criminals.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Eli said...

BushCo. wants to establish war crime forgiveness as an international norm.

Might come in handy some day.

3/12/2007 10:33:00 AM  
Blogger spiiderweb™ said...

I'm sure he's gonna need that norm. War crime tribunals don't quit. They're still after 85 and 90 year olds from WWII.

3/12/2007 11:41:00 AM  

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