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Out of Bounds: War and International Humanitarian Law

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They say “All’s fair in love and war.” But that’s not necessarily true. Every lover has his or her limit. And, when it comes to war, there’s a whole body of international law that governs armed conflict and seeks to limit injury and death among non-combatants.

On this edition of Making Contact, we take a look at International Humanitarian Law and how it applies to depleted uranium weapons and humanitarian aid in Iraq. We also hear about an important war crimes case in Guatemala.

Featuring:

International Humanitarian Law attorney Karen Parker; Gulf War veteran Dan Fahey, Veterans for Common Sense;Dr. Doug Rokke, who oversaw the clean up of depleted uranium in Iraq after the 1991 Gulf War; Mark Bartolini, International Rescue Committee; Kim Bush, who worked as a human rights observer for the Network In Solidarity with the People of Guatemala; Christina Laur, Center for Human Rights Legal Action in Guatemala City; Phil Anderson, Guatemala Human Rights Commission in Washington, D.C.; Rigoberto Queme, Guatemala’s first indigenous presidential candidate.

For more information:

Veterans for Common Sense

International Rescue Committee –San Francisco, CA

CALDH (Centro para Acción Legal en Derechos Humanos) –Ciudad de Guatemala

Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA –Washington, DC
ghrc-usa@ghrc-usa.org

Author: Sabine Blaizin

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