Military law experts: the war on terror requires strict adherence to rules of humanitarian protection
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Xinhua Jilin Taonan July 22 (Xinhua Li Yun, Liu Yi) Shenyang Military Region Judge Lu Haitao said in an interview with reporters, fighting terrorism and counter-terrorism and crime the war to protect both the public safety, requiring strict compliance with the fighting forces to protect humanitarian rules, in order to take concrete actions to win public understanding, support and cooperation, reflecting the War on Terrorism, justice, legitimacy.
The first is to strengthen the protection of civilians. According to “Geneva Conventions” and its Additional Protocol and the relevant provisions of international law against terrorism, protection of civilians, the sick and wounded, women and children and health care facilities and important livelihood security, and resolutely prevent and combat violence against innocent of terrorist crimes.
in methods of warfare means, try to use precision-guided munitions, to take “targeted killings” approach to minimize civilian collateral damage.
promptly organized evacuation of civilians, and to provide tents, food, medical care, clothing, and other humanitarian assistance to ensure their basic living needs.
Secondly, to ensure safety of the hostages. Counter-terrorism operations to rescue the hostages is the most complex and difficult, the most reluctant, the greatest impact of a situation. According to “International Convention against the Taking of Hostages”, “combating terrorism, separatism and extremism, the Shanghai Convention” and other regulations, should give top priority to ensure the safety of the hostages.
does not contravene the principles of the anti-terrorism, the use of negotiation, exchange, and other methods to persuade family deal with the terrorists, to ease their violent tendencies, paralysis of their awareness of prevention, the greatest possible protection from harm hostages . Until the time is appropriate, and then decisively initiate rescue operations.
Lu Haitao also said that under normal circumstances, should be imposed on non-fatal terrorist attacks, crime continues to lose function. Of captured terrorists, should be given basic humane treatment, according to trial.
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