Saturday, May 7, 2011

UN demands to the U.S. all the details of the death of Bin Laden

A UN independent investigator working on issues related to extrajudicial executions has called on the United States reveal more details about the operation against Osama Bin Laden in Abottabad, Pakistan. This will allow experts to assess the legality of his murder. According to the information known so far, the operation is performed in about 45 minutes with the help of four helicopters.

The operation was conducted in the highest secrecy, without them being alerted Pakistani authorities beforehand. Apparently, Bin Laden was shot in the head and chest while he was unarmed, as confirmed by official sources. Special Forces was given the option to surrender before killing him.

"It is particularly important to know whether the permit mission planning an effort to capture bin Laden," said a joint statement by the faculty of law at the UN on extrajudicial, Christof Heyns, and on respect for human rights countering terrorism, Martin Scheinin. Both experts said that "the actions of States in combating terrorism, especially in well-known cases, are precedents for how to treat the right to life in the future." Heyns and Scheinin said that "terrorist acts are the antithesis of human rights, and in particular the right to life." They recognized that in "exceptional cases, use deadly force can be allowed as a last resort, in accordance with international standards on the use of force to protect life." However, they emphasized that, as a rule, the terrorists must be treated as criminals, arrested under the law and tribunals, the corresponding sanction.

The president of the International Committee of Red Cross, Jakob Kellenberger, said this morning in Salamanca that the organization needs more "knowledge of facts" to give an opinion about the operation that has claimed the life of Osama Bin Laden. However, he noted that they have in their possession all the information and discuss the process try to "discuss directly with the United States" if the manner of proceeding was or was not correct.

This was noted, accompanied by the Rector of the University of Salamanca (USAL), Daniel Hernandez Ruipérez, Portraits in the Hall of the Rectorate of the academic institution Salamanca. There after, he has participated in seminars on International Humanitarian Law and Humanitarian Action, who have had three meetings during the last few months featuring Jakob Kellenberger.

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