Monday, 8 August 2022

Amnesty International accuses Ukraine of committing war crimes


Human rights groups criticized some Ukrainian war actions.

Recent reports probe potential violations of international law committed by Russian and Ukrainian fighters.

On Thursday, Amnesty International's Secretary General Agn├Ęs Callamard said there is "a pattern of Ukrainian forces putting civilians at risk" and "being in a defensive position" is not an exemption from following the rules of war.

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Human Shields - Is it a war crime to hide in civilian buildings?​

According to Section 6(1)(b)(xxiii), utilizing the presence of a civilian or other protected person to render certain points, areas or military forces immune from military operations - constitutes a war crime in international armed conflicts.

The Fourth Geneva Convention [1949 Geneva Convention IV] prohibits the use of civilians to shield certain areas from attack and provides that the presence of civilians does not shield an otherwise permissible military target from attack.

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