condemnation of the illegal action of the United States in the assassination of Soleimani
In a criminal and illegal act on January 3, 2020, the United States assassinated and martyred Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, deputy commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Squad, at Baghdad airport, in a drone strike on January 3, 2020.
This American crime was met with numerous protests and condemnations worldwide from the very beginning, and these reactions continue.
In this regard, on Thursday, July 9, at the meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, which the United States withdrew from Israel two years ago due to its criticism of the Council, after the report of “Agnes Kalamar”, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Immediately or arbitrarily, regarding the assassination of Sardar Martyr Soleimani and his companions, the members of this council announced their position on the two axes of public condemnation of UAV operations for assassination and condemnation of attempted assassination beyond international standards.
The meeting and the announcement of the united positions of its members can be considered another failure for the Trump administration to involve the international community in its illegal actions.
Kalamar read his report on the assassination of Sardar Soleimani and his entourage, which was published two days ago. “Some countries and non-governmental organizations use drones around the world, while there is no standard for how they are deployed and deployed,” the report said.
Referring to the assassination of Sardar Martyr Soleimani, Kalamar said, “A high-ranking Iranian government official was targeted; The authority of a sovereign country.
“The assassination of (Sardar) Soleimani in the context of armed conflicts is unprecedented.”
He stressed that in the assassination of Sardar Martyr Soleimani, for the first time, a government (US) used the principle of self-defense to justify an attack on a government official in a third country, which is illegal.
The Kalamar report has drawn strong US response, with State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortega in an angry statement on Wednesday criticizing the UN report on the illegality of the assassination of Martyr Soleimani.
However, what the members of the UN Human Rights Council have taken a unified approach to is the need to control drone operations and to avoid assassinations that violate international standards.
“The deployment of drones in different parts of the world is a very dangerous issue for international security,” Kalamar said. “There is a flaw in the drone operations.” Kalamar, as well as representatives of some countries, refer to the US drone operation, which has expanded since the presidency of Barack Obama, and in the framework of which Washington is launching drone strikes in different parts of the world.
The counterterrorism attacks have so far killed scores of civilians, and Washington has sought to justify them by claiming that this is a side effect of such attacks. “The use of drones in terrorist operations is unjustified and unacceptable,” said the EU representative to the Human Rights Council.
What is important about the assassination of Sardar Soleimani is that the Trump administration, without the knowledge or permission of the Iraqi government, launched a drone attack on him, who was a guest of the Iraqi government and carried a message to the then Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.
This attack is a clear violation of Iraqi sovereignty and an illegal act.
Another important point is that at the meeting of the Human Rights Council, many of its members stressed the illegality of this American action, which is a sign that Washington has not succeeded in convincing the international community to justify its criminal act.
“The assassination of (Sardar) Soleimani by the United States is a violation of the UN Charter,” he said. Even Washington’s European partners refused to approve the Trump administration’s move.
“Extrajudicial killings pose enormous risks at the international level,” the Dutch envoy said.
Thus, with the explicit stance of UN Special Rapporteur Kalamar and members of the UN Human Rights Council on the illegality of the US criminal act in the assassination of Sardar Soleimani and his entourage, there is no doubt that the Trump administration is a major violator of international law.
America is forcibly ignoring these laws and norms.