Israel violated the laws of war and the Geneva Conventions by murdering civilians, the two Israeli soldiers are prisoners of war subject to the Third Geneva Convention.
CDRL:Israel violated the laws of war, a call for full restoration of the rule of law
Dr. Muhamad Mugraby
Center for Democracy and the Rule of Law in Lebanon
Dr. Muhamad Mugraby issued the following staement on behalf of the Center for Democracy and the Rule of Law (CDRL) of Lebanon:
Today, Lebanon is in a state of war with Israel. The Israeli army has committed wide ranging acts of aggression against Lebanese civilians and civil infra-structure, such as the murder of dozens of Lebanese, including entire families, without being in any proximity to legitimate military targets (no possibility of qualifying as a collateral), and in flagrant violation of the laws of war and particularly the Geneva Conventions of August 12, 1949, and the Hague Regulations of 1907, at least in the following ways:
1. Article 3 of the Geneva Convention for the Protection of Civilians outlawed violence against the persons and lives of all those who do not actively participate in military operations. It prohibits killing, mutilating, torturing or otherwise treating them with cruelty.
2. Article 49 of the same convention requires the prosecution and trial of those military personnel that commit or order the commitment of such crimes.
3. The matter of the two Israeli prisoners of war taken by Hizbullah, in the aftermath of a military battle in which they were in uniform, armed and on a military mission in an armored vehicle, is regulated by the Third Geneva Convention on Prisoners of War. Article 21 of this convention authorizes their internment subject to certain conditions. Their rights as prisoners of war are provided in the said convention. The Israeli Government may seek to insure those rights through the peaceful means authorized by the said convention.
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