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UN experts say Trump’s pardon of Blackwater contractors violates international law


#President #Trump’s pardon of four former #Blackwater contractors convicted in the 2007 #Nisour #Square massacre of #Iraqi civilians violated international law, #United #Nations experts said on #Wednesday.

#Why it matters: The #Geneva #Conventions require countries to “hold war criminals accountable, even when they act as private security contractors,” per UN. #By pardoning the four men, #Trump directly contradicted and violated these obligations, according to the experts.

#Flashback: “#Nicholas #Slatten was convicted of first-degree murder, while #Paul #Slough, #Evan #Liberty and #Dustin #Heard were convicted of voluntary and attempted manslaughter, over the incident in which U.S. contractors opened fire in busy traffic in a #Baghdad square and killed 14 unarmed #Iraqi civilians,” #Reuters writes.

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#What they’re saying: “#Pardoning the #Blackwater contractors is an affront to justice and to the victims of the #Nisour #Square massacre and their families,” said #Jelena #Aparac, #Chair of the #Working #Group on the use of mercenaries.

  • “#Ensuring accountability for such crimes is fundamental to humanity and to the community of nations … #Pardons, amnesties, or any other forms of exculpation for war crimes open doors to future abuses when #States contract private military and security companies for inherent state functions.”

The big picture: #Trump pardoned the contractors last week along with a number of #Republicans and #Trump loyalists — including longtime associate #Roger #Stone, former campaign manager #Paul #Manafort, and #Charles #Kushner, the father of senior adviser and son-in-law #Jared #Kushner.



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#experts ##Trumps #pardon ##Blackwater #contractors #violates #international #law

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