Israel seeks to legalize war crimes

August 6, 2006 at 5:19 pm (Politics)

Israel is introducing a legislation permitting the holding of hostages, a war crime.

The draft “Imprisonment of Combatants not Entitled to Prisoner of War Status Law” passed its first reading in Israel’s Knesset yesterday by a vote of 22 to 6.

Human Rights watch condemned it and also criticized the sweeping language of the legislation, which provides almost unlimited powers to the military to detain civilians arbitrarily and indefinitely. This raises serious concerns that the legislation could be used to detain persons based on their political beliefs, and not for any actual acts they have committed.

Read complete story @ Human Rights Watch


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