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HRW on Ukraine: Widespread Use of Cluster Munitions

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posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 07:19 AM
a reply to: Agent_USA_Supporter

Your going off topic.

Something your all too familiar with doing.

posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 07:27 AM
a reply to: DJW001

This just in:

Well the OSCE must be run by the CIA, because of course the CIA runs everything and everybody, especially when it comes to Ukraine.

posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 07:36 AM
a reply to: maghun

First video -
Had you watched it it states Kiev was responsible for some, not all.

Second video -
The use of white phosphorous is permissible when:
* - creating a smoke screen to cover troop movement.
* - creating artificial illumination.

Also - Russia already apologized for making the false white phosphorous comments.
Russia Claims Ukraine Used Chemical Weapons—Then Apologizes

On June 12, two Russian journalists dropped a bombshell. They reported on a Moscow-based TV station that the Ukrainian government had used white phosphorus gas, a chemical weapon, on civilians during “anti-terrorist operations” in the insurgent stronghold of Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine.

Then we jump to this part in the article -

But as it turns out, the journalists’ claims were entirely fabricated.

In a rare act of contrition, the TV station Zvezda, which is the media arm of the Russian Defense Ministry, reportedly sent an apology letter last week to a Ukrainian TV network owned by President Petro Poroshenko. The letter expressed regret for the false accusations. (Russia Today, frequently cited as the propaganda arm of the Kremlin, has yet to apologize for parroting the claim. Other outlets that published the charges as fact include the Voice of Russia and ITAR-TASS.)

posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 07:46 AM

originally posted by: maghun
a reply to: DJW001

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?

You once again failed to read / comprehend the article -
Questions and Answers: Russia, Ukraine, and International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law

Human Rights Watch is of the view that the international law of occupation applies to Russian forces in Crimea. Under international humanitarian law, an occupying power has an obligation to restore and ensure public order and safety as far as possible while respecting, unless absolutely prevented from doing so, the occupied country’s laws in force. International human rights law also remains applicable to situations amounting to occupation. The occupying party is ultimately responsible for violations of international humanitarian and human rights law committed by local authorities or proxy forces.

This determination is based on the situation in Crimea as applied to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, as discussed below. The referendum vote, decisions on sovereignty by local authorities in Crimea, and endorsement of the referendum by the Russian government do not affect the applicability of the law of occupation to the Crimea situation.

Human Rights Watch, in accordance with its longstanding policy on laws of armed conflict, remains neutral on the decisions of parties to a conflict to use military force and on the military occupation of another country or region.

2. Does applying occupation law to Russia affect the status of the territory that Russia occupies?

Applying the law of occupation, or determining Russia to be an occupying power for the purposes of international humanitarian law, does not in any way affect the sovereignty of the territory. Sovereignty is not transferred to the occupying power.

Local authorities organized the March 16 referendum in Crimea without the authorization of the Ukrainian government and the referendum has not received broad-based endorsement by other countries. It cannot be considered a transfer of sovereignty that would end the state of belligerent occupation.

Click link for the parts you left out in an effort to falsely portray HWR as holding a position they dont.
edit on 22-10-2014 by Xcathdra because: (no reason given)

posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 07:47 AM
a reply to: maghun

So a video by the great RT reporter Graham Phillips is what your going to go with as some sort of source.

And other than his word there is no confirmation as to where this is even happening, and it seems they are all being fired into a small area with no civilian population around so how is the video proof of anything?

Good try, but doesn't the OSCE have monitors in that area and where are the reports from them that this was happening?

And being as he is a reporter for RT I don't expect anything less from them such as this video...another RT great.

So it seems anything that has smoke is a phosphorus weapon being used by Ukraine. As far as Mr. Phillips, his reporting should be taken the same way one takes a RT report...very questionable when it comes to Ukraine.

posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 07:50 AM
Dispatches: White Phosphorus, White Lies, or What? - June 2014

Last week Russian state media gave big play to allegations that Ukrainian forces had used white phosphorus as an incendiary weapon in eastern Ukraine. In the midst of it, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged an investigation into the use of incendiary weapons.

It all started on June 11 when the privately owned, pro-Kremlin Russian news outlet LifeNews posted a segment citing anti-Kiev insurgent claims of a white phosphorous attack on Semyonovka, a village near Slovyansk, the insurgency’s stronghold. The footage showed a luminous substance raining through a night sky. The next day, apparently reporting on the same incident, several Russian state media outlets said incendiary weapons were used in Ukraine, showing very different video footage. Ukrainian media (correctly) claimed that this footage was from a 2004 US white phosphorous attack in Iraq. The Russia state media refuted this.

Are you confused enough yet? And why does it matter?

It matters because white phosphorus, which can be used legitimately to generate smoke to temporarily mask the movement of troops or vehicles, should never be used as an incendiary weapon. It can inflict severe injuries, including chemical burns that go down to the bone. White phosphorus munitions aren’t banned, but because they spread a burning substance over a large area, they are particularly dangerous to civilians. Their use in populated areas violates the laws of war prohibition against attacks that cannot discriminate between civilians and combatants.

After analyzing the LifeNews video clip, Human Rights Watch arms researchers concluded that it didn’t show a white phosphorous – or an incendiary weapon – attack. What the video actually appears to show is an illuminant or a pyrotechnic. First, the intensity of the burning and the amount of smoke it generated aren’t consistent with white phosphorus. Second, the substance falling from the sky in the video has a haphazard pattern, unlike an incendiary weapon. Third, there is no flash of an explosive bursting charge, no instantaneous uniform ignition of the substance, both characteristic of white phosphorus munitions. Whatever is falling from the sky is breaking apart in a non-uniform manner, more akin to crumbling or disintegrating – incendiary weapons don’t do this.

Click link for remainder of article.

posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 07:53 AM
Is it really necessary to keep posting the same info hat has been debunked time and again?

OSCE = no use of cluster munitions.
HRW - no use of phosphorous during the last claims.

As for this go around your op video on the phosphorous resembles older videos.

posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 07:57 AM
a reply to: Xcathdra

Be fair: some contributors may not have unfettered access to news sources.

posted on Oct, 22 2014 @ 08:04 AM
a reply to: DJW001

Be fair: some contributors may not have unfettered access to news sources.

Depends on whether or not you consider Russian media a news source.

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