The US strike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani wasn’t justified by any ongoing or imminent attack on American interests and violated the UN charter, based on UN rapporteur on arbitrary executions Agnes Callamard.
Washington has produced insufficient evidence that there is any attack on US interests which may have justified the January 3 drone strike on Soleimani’s convoy as it left Baghdad airport, Callamard unveiled in a scathing report due to be presented Thursday before the UN Human Rights Council.
“Major General Soleimani was responsible for Iran military strategy, and actions, in Syria and Iraq. But absent a real imminent threat to life, the course of action taken by the US was unlawful,” an excerpt of the report published by Reuters on Monday reads.
Callamard, whose full title is UN rapporteur for extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, is demanding accountability for targeted drone killings and wants the life-threatening weapons to be more strictly regulated. Speaking with Reuters, she called out the UN Security Council if you are “missing in action” on the utilization of the unmanned craft in extrajudicial killings, noting that “the international community, willingly or not, stands largely silent.”
The world is at a crucial time, and possible tipping point, with regards to the use of drones.
The targeted killing was considered to be the first time any nation has claimed self-defense as justification for an attack against state forces in a third state’s territory, she added. However, despite the flagrant violation of the UN Charter, no international human anatomy has come forward to punish the US for the murder of Soleimani and several the others traveling with him, including a high-ranking Iraqi commander.
The January drone strike was met with a barrage of rockets from Tehran, which hit two military bases in Iraq employed by US and coalition forces. While no casualties were initially reported, the possibility of the conflict mushrooming in to an all-out war light emitting diode the Iraqi Parliament to issue an answer ordering all foreign troops off Iraqi soil. However, the Iraqi government failed to attempt to enforce that measure.
The US has repeatedly accused Iran of supporting terrorism and plotting attacks on US forces – claims it rarely attempts to back with proof. Tehran, in its turn, considers the assassination of Soleimani to be an act of state terrorism. Last week, Iran issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump and 35 other Americans deemed responsible for the death of its beloved general, seeking the assistance of Interpol in apprehending the suspects.
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