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News code: 28886
Published Date: Sunday 5 January 2020 - 18:32:13
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HCHR Condemns US terrorist and criminal move in Iraq

HCHR Condemns US terrorist and criminal move in Iraq
IRAN  - HCHR released a statement on the US assassination of IRGC Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani.

The full text of the HCHR's statement released is as follows:

On Friday, January 3, 2020, the US targeted two civilian vehicles in the civilian area near Baghdad international airport. The civilian occupants were visiting the country upon the formal invitation of Iraqi officials, legally and non-militarily and they arrived in Baghdad by a civilian plane. In the US criminal and terrorist drone attack on these two vehicles, a number of Iranian and Iraqi high-ranking military officials were martyred, including Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani. This criminal move is a quintessence of state sponsored terrorism and US bears full responsibility of the consequences.


Iran High Council for Human Rights recognizes the armed operation of the US forces as a violation of Iraq's territorial integrity as well as Iraq's government sovereignty and independence. HCHR also recognizes US drone attack against human targets as a "Crime of Aggression", a terrorist move that threatens international peace and security, a brazen violation of the "use of force by states", international law, international humanitarian law and international human rights law, the right to life, the principle of human dignity and also a brazen violation of principles of human rights and therefore, strongly condemns it.


Condemning the American forces' terrorist and criminal move to martyr the honored Iran's military officials including a high-ranking Lieutenant General in a pre-planned operation in a third country without their permission, Iran believes that the US justifications are baseless and lacks any legal basis.


Iran reminds that IRGC Quds Force is a part of constitutional structure of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Armed Forces and its presence abroad including in Iraqi territory is based on international law in order to establish peace and counter terrorism.


It is noteworthy that designating a part of legal Armed Forces in the fake list of "foreign terrorist organizations" by the US State Department is a violation of known principle of international law and UN charter including principle of the sovereignty equality of all its members. It cannot be as a pretext to attack or use force against others.


HCHR calls on international bodies, especially Secretary-General of the United Nations, United Nations Human Rights Council, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Iraq Government to take responsibility on recognizing and holding those involved in this criminal move accountable.

News Code: 28886
Published Date: Sunday 5 January 2020 - 18:32:13
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