The psychobabbling food-loving seamstress.

I’m sick and tired of this illiogical world…

Posted in Uncategorized by Ambs on May 31, 2010

I’ve been trying to concentrate on my assignment, but with recent developments coming from Gaza (…and the Korean peninsula, if we really want to go there)… I’m utterly disgusted…

Attacking Humanitarian Aid ships?  In international waters at that…

I’m trawling through IHL treaties and conventions, trying to find something, anything that could explain how very wrong and against the law this whole attack is.
Rule 31 and 32 of International Humaintarian Law – Customary Law seems a good start in this instance;

Humanitarian Relief Personnel and Objects

Rule 31. Humanitarian relief personnel must be respected and protected. [IAC/NIAC]

Rule 32. Objects used for humanitarian relief operations must be respected and protected. [IAC/NIAC]

I think the one thing that is the most utterly disturbing of all is the belligerent, constant, and utterly horrifying conditions the Israeli government is putting the Palestinians in Gaza through.  The hardest is the fact that Isreal are proving to be the victims turned to aggressors, and it’s completely horrifying to watch.

I’m hoping for an end, but it seems but years away, and this will only prove to escalate tensions in an already fragile society.

More parts of IHL : Customary Law

Starvation and Access to Humanitarian Relief

Rule 53. The use of starvation of the civilian population as a method of warfare is prohibited. [IAC/NIAC]

Rule 54. Attacking, destroying, removing or rendering useless objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population is prohibited. [IAC/NIAC]

Rule 55. The parties to the conflict must allow and facilitate rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian relief for civilians in need, which is impartial in character and conducted without any adverse distinction, subject to their right of control. [IAC/NIAC]

Rule 56. The parties to the conflict must ensure the freedom of movement of authorised humanitarian relief personnel essential to the exercise of their functions. Only in case of imperative military necessity may their movements be temporarily restricted. [IAC/NIAC]

So much to take in, so very frustrated, I’m hoping something real is done by the UN about this, as opposed to tip-toeing around the situation as they usually do.

Investigate now, not in 5 months time thanks…

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