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HRW on Ukraine: Widespread Use of Cluster Munitions

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posted on Oct, 21 2014 @ 08:16 AM
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Ukrainian government forces used cluster munitions in populated areas in Donetsk city in early October 2014. The use of cluster munitions in populated areas violates the laws of war due to the indiscriminate nature of the weapon and may amount to war crimes



“Ukrainian forces should immediately make a commitment to not use cluster munitions and to investigate and hold accountable any personnel responsible for firing cluster munitions into populated areas. Ukraine should accede to the treaty banning their use,” HRW said.


The Kiev junta answered with white phosphorus last night:


How long will the ukrainian so called "government" murder their own people in the name of "democracy" and "western values" with full western political and financial support?




posted on Oct, 21 2014 @ 08:33 AM
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a reply to: maghun

I'll see you cluster bombs and raise you kidnapping:


At least seven people have been forcibly disappeared or gone missing in Crimea since May 2014, including two on September 27, Human Rights Watch said today. Five are Crimean Tatars and two are pro-Ukraine activists. Crimean Tatars have generally openly opposed Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March. Two other Crimean Tatars who appeared not to have political ties have gone missing in recent days. The body of one was found hanged on October 6. De-facto authorities in Crimea should promptly and thoroughly investigate these cases and bring those responsible to account, Human Rights Watch said.


www.hrw.org...

Ukrainian troops use weapons of war. Russian thugs use weapons of terror. Lynching is so much more personal, don't you think?
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posted on Oct, 21 2014 @ 09:34 AM
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a reply to: DJW001


Ukrainian troops use weapons of war.

Targeting civilians is a crime regardless of the "weapons used".


Russian thugs use weapons of terror.

"Russians" aren't the terrorists in Ukraine. The tire burners in Kiev are.



posted on Oct, 21 2014 @ 09:54 AM
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Targeting civilians is a crime regardless of the "weapons used".


Is there proof that civilians were the intended target? It is also a war crime to use human shields. If the rebels fired on Ukrainian forces from a schoolhouse, the Ukrainians have no idea whether there are still children in there, but have no choice but to return fire.


"Russians" aren't the terrorists in Ukraine. The tire burners in Kiev are.


What makes you think the tire burners in Kyiv are not taking orders from Moscow? On the other hand, the lynching of Tatars makes it very clear why the people of Crimea were afraid to vote "no" on the "referendum."



posted on Oct, 21 2014 @ 10:00 AM
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Incidentally, Russia used cluster munitions against Chechen civilians in the First and Second Chechen Wars, as well as Georgia in 2008. If Ukraine has cluster munitions, it is because they are leftovers from the Soviet Union.



posted on Oct, 21 2014 @ 10:49 AM
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Is there proof that civilians were the intended target?

Yah "Cluster" munitions as the term denotes are an "area weapon". Gentle euphemism anyway, the full description is"anti personnel" cluster munitions. They aren't employed in city limits unless you don't care about the population or are intentionally targeting that population. Either way its a war crime. Nice shift from the ROE considerations of employing such weapons to "whom it was targeting" . What matters is where such munitions are employed. They were used in population centers, expressly forbidden in some long forgotten Geneva Accords document .

Human Shield justified it, lol. The Israelis use that when murdering Palestinians, too.



posted on Oct, 21 2014 @ 11:15 AM
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Hello,

This is an article you find helpful ran by the New York Times discussing the use of Cluster Munitions and various war crimes committed by the Ukrainian government against its civilian population centers.

Ukraine Used Cluster Bombs, Evidence Indicates



posted on Oct, 21 2014 @ 11:23 AM
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a reply to: intrptr

So... do you condemn Russia for its use of cluster munitions in Chechniya and Georgia, or does your outrage only apply to Kyiv?



posted on Oct, 21 2014 @ 11:30 AM
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This is an article you find helpful ran by the New York Times discussing the use of Cluster Munitions and various war crimes committed by the Ukrainian government against its civilian population centers.


Very useful:


An August cluster-munitions attack on the village of Starobesheve, which was in Ukrainian Army hands, was probably carried out either by pro-Russian rebels or by Russian troops, the report says.


Your own source.


While not conclusive, circumstances indicate that anti-government forces might also have been responsible for the use of cluster munitions, Human Rights Watch said.

Human Rights Watch also called on Russia to make an immediate commitment to not use cluster munitions and to accede to the cluster munitions treaty.


Their source.

I agree. Russia needs to stop using cluster munitions.
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posted on Oct, 21 2014 @ 11:40 AM
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a reply to: DJW001

Sorry I thought this was a thread concerning the Ukrainian governments use of Cluster Munitions?. Was I mistaken?, as Im pretty much convinced the OP created this thread to highlight the fact the Ukrainian government was using cluster munitions against civilians. And as far as I can tell thats exactly what they have been doing yes?. I will wholeheartedly contribute to any thread you create concerning Russia's use of illegal weaponry against civilians.

Its just that, you know, I thought I would help the OP in support of his claim that the Ukrainian government was infact using illegal cluster munitions against civilians in Ukraine because that seems to be the entire point of this thread, discussing the fact the Ukrainian government is using Cluster Munitions against civilian populations.

To me it just made very little sense to start posting information that was not pertinent to the OP's thread. I could have started citing sources from mustard gas attacks in WW 1 I guess. But that is not what this thread was about, so what would be the point?, UNLESS OF COURSE I WANTED TO DERAIL HIS THREAD.

Just so i know in the future are you one of those people?
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posted on Oct, 21 2014 @ 12:42 PM
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a reply to: Dabrazzo

This is a thread about cluster munitions being used in Eastern Ukraine. In the interest of fairness and objectivity, I have pointed out that the rebels may also be using such weapons, possibly with that full support of Russia. You are interested in fairness and objectivity, aren't you?



posted on Oct, 21 2014 @ 01:08 PM
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First HRW recognises Crimea after the so called "Russian occupation", now recognises one type of war crime in Ukraine.

Where are the so called "anti-war movements" today?
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posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 06:14 AM
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First HRW recognises Crimea after the so called "Russian occupation", now recognises one type of war crime in Ukraine.


HRW is an Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), and cannot "recognize" the legitimacy of a government. It consistently uses the term "Crimea" in its geographical, not political, sense.


Where are the so called "anti-war movements" today?


Human Rights Watch is part of the contemporary anti-war movement. You will note that anti-war forces are much more organized and impartial than the street theater of the past. HRW, Amnesty International and the various groups dedicated to banning land mines, cluster munitions, nuclear weapons, etc, report abuses by all sides of conflicts and all types of regimes. This is why it is important that everyone understand that both Ukrainian and Russian backed militaries in East Ukraine are using these munitions.

The use of cluster munitions is technically not illegal. Unlike some people assume, they are not covered by the Geneva Convention. (The use of human shields is.) The governing treaty is the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM),ratified in 2010. Ukraine is not a signatory, so it is not binding upon the Kyiv government. It has also not been signed by Russia, the United States, Israel and Syria, all of whom have used cluster munitions, some, like Syria, on their own citizens.

If you are interested in taking action against the use of cluster munitions, you can find resources here. I find it shameful that the Ukrainian military is using cluster munitions, but all they have is what Russia let them keep after the divorce.



posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 06:31 AM
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"Russians" aren't the terrorists in Ukraine. The tire burners in Kiev are.


So the Russians fighting in Ukraine are just there on vacation...Oh that's right that is what Russia is telling us, they are all on vacation.



posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 06:32 AM
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originally posted by: DJW001
Incidentally, Russia used cluster munitions against Chechen civilians in the First and Second Chechen Wars, as well as Georgia in 2008. If Ukraine has cluster munitions, it is because they are leftovers from the Soviet Union.


Your actually defending Chechen Islamists?



posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 06:34 AM
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I agree. Russia needs to stop using cluster munitions.


First off this thread isn't about Russia or its whatever the do in there wars this thread is about Ukraine using cluster munitions agaisnt her own people in the east.

Your going off topic.



posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 06:56 AM
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a reply to: Agent_USA_Supporter


First off this thread isn't about Russia or its whatever the do in there wars this thread is about Ukraine using cluster munitions agaisnt her own people in the east.

Your going off topic.


This thread is about the use of cluster munitions in Ukraine. Both sides are using Russian "firecrackers."



posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 06:58 AM
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a reply to: Agent_USA_Supporter


Your actually defending Chechen Islamists?


No, but you are defending the use of cluster munitions against civilians. You are the one going off topic.



posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 07:14 AM
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This just in:


OSCE observers do not confirm use of cluster bombs by Ukrainian army

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission does not confirm human rights activists' reports alleging the use of cluster munitions in the army operation zone in eastern Ukraine. "We have about 90 observers in eastern Ukraine. If we saw something like that, we would have recorded it, but that has not currently been recorded. All we have to say about ammunition or shelling appears in our daily reports. By this time there was nothing in our reports about it," OSCE spokesman Michael Bociurkiw told Deutsche Welle, speaking of a Human Rights Watch report. Daily reports issued by OSCE observers record every shelling incident in Donbass. Observers promptly visit incident sites.


Russia Behind The Headlines



posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 07:17 AM
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a reply to: Agent_USA_Supporter




Your actually defending Chechen Islamists?


And your defending Russian terrorists whats the difference?




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