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Needless Deaths in the Gulf War


Éditeur : Human Rights Watch Date & Lieu : 1991, New York & Washington & Los Angeles & London
Préface : Pages : 402
Traduction : ISBN : 1-56432-029-4
Langue : AnglaisFormat : 145x215mm
Code FIKP : Liv. Eng. Mid. Nee. N° 2506Thème : Général

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Needless Deaths in the Gulf War

Needless Deaths in the Gulf War

Middle East Watch

Human Rights Watch

Commanders of the allied bombing campaign of Iraq have sought to convey the impression that they took scrupulous care to avoid civilian casualties. While noting that some loss of civilian life is unavoidable in armed conflict, allied commanders have suggested that they took every feasible step to avoid civilian death and injury, as required by the laws of war. This report challenges that excessively rosy picture. Its conclusions are based on scores of interviews conducted during the war with those who fled the bombing, as well as substantial subsequent research and analysis. Middle East Watch concludes that while the allies avoided systematic violations of the laws of war, hundreds of Iraqi civilians died as a result of several allied decisions to take less than the maximum feasible precautions to avoid civilian casualties, as required by the laws of war.

"The report also examines the Iraqi missile attacks on Israel and Saudi Arabia. Most of these attacks are found to have violated the laws of war by targeting civilians or by being fired into areas where the missiles were not technologically capable of distinguishing between civilian and military targets. Some of these attacks also violated the laws of war because they were accompanied by rhetoric designed to terrorize the civilian population of those countries.

Middle East Watch hopes that the analysis presented in this report will spark a critical examination of both allied and Iraqi conduct of the air war with the aim of reducing avoidable civilian casualties in any future conflict.


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Middle East Watch

Needless Deaths in the Gulf War

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch
Needless Deaths in the Gulf War
Civilian Casualties During the Air Campaign
and Violations of the Laws of War
A Middle East Watch Report

Human Rights Watch
New York - Washington - Los Angeles – London

Copyright ® November 1991 by Human Rights Watch.
All rights reserved.
Printed in the United States of America.

Cover design by Patti Lacobee Watch Committee

Middle East Watch was established in 1989 to establish and promote observance of internationally recognized human rights in the Middle East. The chair of Middle East Watch is Gary Sick and the vice chairs are Lisa Anderson and Bruce Rabb. Andrew Whitley is the executive director; Eric Goldstein is the research director; Virginia N. Sherry is the associate director; Aziz Abu Hamad is the senior researcher; John V. White is an Orville Schell Fellow; and Christina Derry is the associate.

Needless deaths in the Gulf War: civilian casualties during the air campaign and violations of the laws of war.
p. cm — (A Middle East Watch report)
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 1-56432-029-4
1. Persian Gulf War, 1991-United States. 2. Persian Gulf War, 1991—Atrocities. 3. War victims-Iraq. 4. War—Protection of civilians.
I. Human Rights Watch (Organization) II. Series.
DS79.72.N44 1991
956.704’3—dc20 / 91-37902
CIP




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