Ask Canada's Prime Minister Harper if he's willing to lend support to a "war crime"

Reza Nasri
by Reza Nasri

As Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu is visiting Ottawa in the context of his tour to gather support for a military attack against Iran's nuclear facilities, could someone (preferably a journalist) please remind Prime Minster Harper that:

1- Canada is signatory of the 1977 Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions, whose Article 56 provides:

"Works and installations containing dangerous forces, namely dams, dykes and nuclear electrical generating stations, shall not be made the object of attack, even where these objects are military objectives, if such attack may cause the release of dangerous forces and consequent severe losses among the civilian population."

2-Canada’s Laws Of Armed Conflict Manual (2001), in its chapter on “War crimes, individual criminal liability and command responsibility” provides that:

“Launching an attack against works or installations containing dangerous forces in the knowledge that such attack will cause excessive collateral civilian damage” constitutes a grave breach of the 1977 Additional Protocol I.

3- Canada’s Geneva Conventions Act (1985) provides that: “Every person who, whether within or outside Canada, commits a grave breach [of the 1977 Additional Protocol I] … is guilty of an indictable offence" (a war crime).

In short, could someone ask the Prime Minister if he's willing to support an act that is considered a war crime under both international law and Canadian law?


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