08 October 2007

the taliban hang to death a 15 year old boy in afghanistan - without an iota of due process...

what do i think about the hanging of a 15 year-old afghani boy by the taliban on 30 september 2007???

well it's stupid and futile at best and criminal at worst...

zainullah was taken from the bazaar where he worked as a key-maker in sangin district, helmand province southern afghanistan, by taliban fighters who accused him of being a spy...they hanged him from an electrical utility pole with a note warning that others caught spying would suffer the same fate...

beyond the question of state killing there's the matter of due process...or the lack of even the facade thereof...

as a member in good standing i join amnesty international in condemning all unlawful killings, particularly of children, and calls for all such attacks to be investigated, promptly, independently and thoroughly, and for those responsible to be brought to justice in accordance with international standards of fairness...

article 3 common to the four geneva conventions, which is binding on all parties to the armed conflict in afghanistan, prohibits "violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds," a prohibition which applies in all circumstances...hanging a child is a clear violation of this provision...

as it does no matter the country identified as a site of human rights violations amnesty international calls for the afghan government to investigate the unlawful killing and for the taliban to publicly renounce the use of illegal actions such as kidnapping and unlawful killings, including those following quasi-judicial proceedings which flout international humanitarian law...

peace out <3

1 comment:

Potemkine! said...

sadly, the talibans will never ever give a fuck about amnesty international.... Then, what can we do? :~