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    UN General Assembly. The Human Rights Council is an investigative body. The UN Security Council is an enforcement body.

    The UN High Commissioner on Human Rights can refer to the Security Council cases of violations of human rights. The Security Council, in turn, can refer the cases to the ICC when war crimes are involved.

    Human rights violations may or may not also be war crimes. Generally, the UN Human Rights Council covers human rights violations, while the ICC covers war crimes (which usually are human rights violations as well).  

    The UN High Commisioner can also refer cases to the International Court of Justice.

    So, there are different bodies who handle complaints of violations, and different tribunals, depending on the nature of the violations. And there isn't a lot any of these bodies could do to the US in terms of disciplinary actions, considering the clout of the US. But the mere fact of being called out for war crimes by the UN is quite damning.

    The fact that the UN Special Rapporteur is investigating human rights violations committed by the US is remarkable considering the enormous influence the US has on the UN, including veto power in the Security Council.

    Basically, based on news reports of US killings of first responders and attendees of funerals, as well as the high number of civilian deaths in drone strikes, the UN officials are calling these acts human rights violations and war crimes if their investigations corroborate the reports of journalists (which haven't been discredited and are based on multiple sources).

    So, the US, according to credible reports, has committed war crimes and human rights abuses.

    Furthermore, the act of NOT prosecuting war crimes committed by state officials is in itself a war crime. Get that? When Obama decided to forgo prosecution of torture, he committed a war crime, since the most important part of the international treaties is enforcement by signatories.

    Still, it doesn't surprise me that devotees of the administration would try to trivialize and minimize the war crimes by calling into question international jurisdictional issues. And that speaks volumes.

    "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

    by ZhenRen on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 01:00:11 PM PDT

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