As thousands of people arrive in Europe seeking safety, authorities in Austria and the Western Balkans have started selectively closing their borders. These measures are clearly infringing international and European law that protect the right to seek asylum.
States meighboring Iraq must take steps both to protect refugees and to Iientify and hold accountable human rights abusers
New York - Human rights must be at the centre of any transitional framework for the government of post-war Iraq, the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights said today.
Geneva Conventions prohibit transfer and set trial requirements
The Lawyers Committee is concerned by recent news reports that suggest that Iraq may have committed grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions and other serious war crimes by killing or ill-treating captured American and British troops. The Iraqi government should take measures to ensure that these violations do not recur, that all alleged violations are investigated and that persons responsible for war crimes are prosecuted and punished.
Recommendations Cover Role of KLA, KFOR’s capacity to ensure safety
New York, August 12, 1999 -- The physical protection of minorities is the most pressing human rights protection concern in the current volatile situation in Kosovo, said the Lawyers Committee in a report released today. The report, "Refugee Protection and Peace-building," assesses the present protection situation of refugees, returnees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and minorities in Kosovo.