Thursday, October 11, 2007

U.N. Wants Private Security Contractors Prosecuted

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United Nations called on the United States government on Thursday to ensure that any private contractors committing offences in Iraq are prosecuted.

The killing of 17 Iraqis in a shooting involving U.S. security firm Blackwater last month has created tensions between Baghdad and Washington and sparked calls for tighter controls on private contractors, who are immune from prosecution in Iraq.

In a new human rights report, the U.N. mission in Iraq urged "U.S. authorities to investigate reports of deaths caused by privately hired contractors and establish effective mechanisms for holding them accountable for where the circumstances surrounding the killings show no justifiable cause."

Keep in mind, the United Nations is the same body that identified only Israel for violating the rights of women, all the while ignoring Islamic state's brutal and inhuman treatment of women. This doesn't even begin to touch on the U.N.'s abysmal record with it's "Human Rights" Council.

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