Trump’s pardon of Blackwater operatives violates international law

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A United Nations committee said that the amnesty issued by President Donald Trump for former Blackwater members who were found guilty of a massacre in Baghdad in 2007 violates international law.

He condemned the United Nations working group on the use of mercenaries and described Trump’s decision to pardon the four men as an “affront to justice and the memory of the dead.”

“The pardon of Blackwater contractors is an affront to justice and the victims of the Nisour Square massacre and their families,” said group president Jelena Ibarac.

She stressed that “the amnesty decisions violate the United States’ obligations under international law and undermine the wider humanitarian law and human rights at the global level.”

On December 23, Trump issued a complete amnesty for 4 former members of the private military company, Blackwater, who were convicted of committing a massacre that left 14 civilians dead in Baghdad in 2007.

And the names of Nicholas Slaten, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, and Dustin Heard were included in the list of exemptions published by the White House, which originally provided for the amnesty for 15 convicts in full and reduced sentences for five others.

The statement stated that the exemption of these four “veterans,” who are former soldiers, enjoys “broad support from public opinion and elected officials,” adding that they have “a long history of serving their country.”

Source: RT + The Hill

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