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UN says Trump Blackwater pardons violate international law


A #United #Nations panel on #Wednesday said that #President #Trump#Donald #TrumpGeorgia signature audit finds no fraud in presidential election #Pompeo calls for release of #Chinese journalist jailed over coronavirus coverage #Pence refused to sign on to plan to overturn election, lawyers say MORE‘s pardons for several former #Blackwater contractors convicted of killing more than a dozen civilians in #Baghdad violated international law.

#Reuters reported that the U.N. working group on the use of mercenaries condemned the action in a statement, calling #Trump’s decision to pardon the four men an affront to justice and insult to the memory of those killed.

“#Pardoning the #Blackwater contractors is an affront to justice and to the victims of the #Nisour #Square massacre and their families,” said the group’s chair, #Jelena #Aparac, according to the news agency.

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“These pardons violate U.S. obligations under international law and more broadly undermine humanitarian law and human rights at a global level,” #Aparac continued.

#Trump last week moved to pardon the four men along with a handful of former GOP congressmen and a number of loyalists close to his 2016 campaign.

The pardons for the former #Blackwater contractors were met with sharp criticism from #Gen. #David #Petraeus and #Ryan #Crocker, the top #American officials in charge of U.S. policy in #Iraq at the time of the 2007 killings, who called it “hugely damaging, an action that tells the world that #Americans abroad can commit the most heinous crimes with impunity” in a joint statement obtained by #Reuters.

#Now known as #Academi, the private security services company faced heavy criticism over the 2007 incident and lost its license to operate in #Iraq from the country’s government as a result. The company also faced accusations of other human rights abuses as a result of the #WikiLeaks release of thousands of documents related to the #Iraq #War in 2010.





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https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/532065-un-says-trump-blackwater-pardons-violate-international-law

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