UN: Trump Broke International Law with Blackwater Pardons

The United Nations Human Rights Council has issued an expert opinion that Trump’s pardons of the Blackwater mercenaries who shot up Nisour Square in Baghdad was a violation of international law.

“Pardoning the Blackwater contractors is an  affront to justice and to the victims of the Nisour Square massacre and their  families,” said Jelena Aparac, Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on the use  of mercenaries.

“The Geneva Conventions oblige States to hold  war criminals accountable for their crimes, even when they act as private  security contractors. These pardons violate US obligations under international  law and more broadly undermine humanitarian law and human rights at a global  level.

“Ensuring accountability for such crimes is  fundamental to humanity and to the community of nations,” she said. “Pardons,  amnesties, or any other forms of exculpation for war crimes open doors to  future abuses when States contract private military and security companies for  inherent state functions.”

The US is a signatory to the Geneva Conventions, so we are obliged to follow them. I doubt Trump even thought of this, but if he did, he either shrugged it off or was thrilled at yet one more opportunity to show his contempt for the world.

This suggests that President Biden (!!!), once in office, might find a legal way to reverse those pardons. Let’s hope so, as it would certainly help restore our image around the world, especially in Iraq, where they are furious over this.

  • December 30, 2020