INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DEMOCRATIC
Office of the President
17 Lawyers Chamber, Supreme Court, New Delhi-110001 INDIA
S T A T E M E N T
IADL CALLS FOR AN IMMEDIATE UNCONDITIONAL CEASEFIRE AND CONDEMNS
ISRAEL'S STATE TERRORISM AND CRIMES AGAINST LEBANON
The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), a
non-governmental organization of jurists with national affiliates on all
continents, and in consultative status with ECOSOC, unequivocally
condemns Israel's continuing aggression against an independent and
sovereign Lebanon, in violation of Article 2(4) of the U.N. Charter and
other international law.
1. Israel has for over three weeks continued its unrelenting and brutal
attacks against the people of sovereign Lebanon. It has created a sea
blockade; destroyed the capital city of Beirut, the international
airport, and infrastructure (including major roads); and is now
occupying villages in the country's southern region.
Israel's leadership insists that its attacks against Lebanon are
"measured and limited," and denies that it targets civilians, but the
results of its actions speak for themselves. As of 24 July, Israeli
attacks had killed approximately ten times as many people as Hezbollah,
and the Lebanese victims were overwhelmingly civilians. Up to three
quarters of a million Lebanese have been forcibly displaced by the war.
The Israeli military is using chemical weapons in its bombing of Lebanon
as per the available medical evidence. Israel is also using cluster
bombs and white phosphorous gas, in violation of the Geneva Conventions,
Protocol I, Article 35.
Israel has committed crimes of aggression against civilians and war
crimes, in violation of Geneva Conventions IV, the ICC Rome Statute and
other international conventions. Israel has now created a humanitarian
crisis in Lebanon and in Gaza.
2. While reiterating its earlier Statement of July 16,2006 , IADL
demands that there must be an immediate cease-fire to stop the war, and
efforts to seek a solution, which safeguards independence and
sovereignty, under the leadership of regional states.
IADL condemns the U.S. intervention to prevent an immediate cease-fire.
U.S. Secretary of State Rice referred to an immediate cease-fire as a
"false promise," which is a code-word for saying that an immediate
cease-fire is against the interests of the U.S. and Israel. The U.S. has
given Israel a "green light" to bomb Lebanon and its people for at least
another week. The U.S. has affirmatively "intervened" by arming the
Israeli military. In the last few days, it granted Israel's request to
expedite delivery of a shipment of precision-guided bombs. The U.S.
actions are part of its plan to create a "New Middle East."
3. There must be an end to Israel's aggression in Gaza, referred to by
the BBC as Israel's "Forgotten Front." Since Israel's military invasion
a month ago, more than 100 Palestinians have died in Gaza, and
one-third were children.
4. The pre-textual object for Israel's onslaught, the two captured
soldiers, has all but disappeared from view. Israel, and the U.S. simply
refuse and ignore the option of negotiations: that captured Israeli
soldiers be exchanged for prisoners held by Israel.
5 .IADL calls for an immediate unconditional cease-fire, and for a
solution, which safeguards independence and sovereignty, under the
leadership of regional states. Israel must immediately lift the blockade
of Lebanon and open humanitarian corridors.
IADL calls for international inquiries into Israel's war crimes, crimes
of aggression and violations of international humanitarian law.
IADL urges the immediate deployment of a UN force to protect the
civilian populations of Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza. Israel must
guarantee the safety of the UN force, by agreeing to an immediate
unconditional cease-fire, and withdrawal of its military forces from
ISSUED ON 29TH JULY,2006