Los Angeles-based Humanitarian Law Project/International Educational Development (HLP/IED) and San Francisco-based Association of Humanitarian Lawyers (AHL), submitted a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States on behalf of “unnamed, unnumbered patients and medical staff both living and dead” at the medical facilities in Falluja. The Commission had authority to investigate human rights violations committed by a member State of the OAS and to seek remedies for victims.
“Attacks on hospitals and medical personnel are truly shocking. We hope that this will result in the immediate improvement of the situation of the patients and staff, to additional remedies for these victims, and an end to the United States violations of human rights and the Geneva Conventions in Iraq,” stated Lydia Brazon, Executive Director of the United Nations credentialed HLP/IED.
Meanwhile, the top human rights official at the UN promises that those responsible for war crimes in Iraq will be brought to justice.
Top United Nations human rights official Louise Arbour has called for an investigation of alleged abuses in Falluja including disproportionate use of force and the targeting of civilians.
Those responsible for any violations – US-led forces, Iraqi government troops or fighters – should be brought to justice, the former UN war crimes prosecutor said in a statement on Tuesday.