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FROM THE TCI WIRE
The media failure never ends.
Link to headline article
What is the purpose of this trash?
It's supposed to be journalism.
But it fails at every test.
Michael Gregory seems unaware that when 'reporting' for REUTERS it is his job to provide context.
If it's just a non-stop feed, it's not reporting.
The so-called Iraqi forces are yet again breaking the law but you'd never know that to read Michael Gregory's so-called report.
They are leaving the bodies of members of the Islamic State in the
streets -- so dogs will eat the corpses, one helpfully explains.
In the long and useless article, Gregory finds time for this, "But a man
who approached said the bodies should be buried because that is
And that's the closest to context Gregory ever gets.
It is everyone's right.
It is also -- a point Gregory fails to inform the readers -- the law.
From the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent
is also likely that further detailed rules supporting the requirement
of decent disposal of the dead and respect and proper maintenance of
their gravesites are contained in domestic legislation.
Rule 115. Disposal of the Dead
Rule 115. The dead must be disposed of in a respectful manner and their graves respected and properly maintained.
practice establishes this rule as a norm of customary international law
applicable in both international and non-international armed conflicts.
International armed conflicts
The obligation to dispose of the dead respectfully was first codified in the 1929 Geneva Conventions. It is now dealt with in detail in the 1949 Geneva Conventions. Many military manuals specify that the dead must be disposed of decently. This obligation is set forth in the legislation of most, if not all, States. It was upheld in 2002 by Israel’s High Court in the Jenin (Mortal Remains) case. The
above-mentioned treaty provisions also require that graves be respected
and properly maintained. Additional Protocol I adds that the parties
must conclude agreements to protect and maintain gravesites permanently. The requirement to respect and maintain gravesites is also laid down in numerous military manuals.
Non-international armed conflicts
The obligation to dispose of the dead decently in non-international armed conflicts is set forth in Additional Protocol II. In addition, this rule is contained in other instruments pertaining also to non-international armed conflicts. A
number of military manuals which are applicable in or have been applied
in non-international armed conflicts specify that the dead must be
disposed of decently. The legislation of most, if not all, States requires respect for this rule. It may be said that this rule reflects a general principle of law requiring respect for the dead and their graves.No
official contrary practice was found with respect to either
international or non-international armed conflicts. A reported case of
the disrespectful disposal of dead civilians in Papua New Guinea was condemned by the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions.
Geneva Conventions specify that the dead must be buried, if possible,
according to the rites of the religion to which they belonged and that
they may only be cremated in exceptional circumstances, namely because
of imperative reasons of hygiene, on account of the religion of the
deceased or in accordance with the express wish of the deceased.
The Geneva Conventions furthermore require that, in principle, burial
should be in individual graves. Collective graves may only be used when
circumstances do not permit the use of individual graves or, in case of
burial of prisoners of war or civilian internees, because unavoidable
circumstances require the use of collective graves. Lastly, the Geneva Conventions require that graves be grouped according to nationality if possible. These requirements are also set forth in numerous military manuals. It
is likely that some of these requirements also apply in
non-international armed conflicts on the basis of national law. In 1995,
for example, Colombia’s Council of State held that the deceased must be
buried individually subject to all the requirements of the law, and not
in mass graves.
It is a violation of the law.
In all the rah rah quotes (see the article) about how wonderful leaving
bodies in the streets as a lesson is, Gregory never notes the law.
His job is to provide context.
The law is context.
When people complain that they were treated unfairly under the law, they
are complaining because laws exist so that we ideally are all treated
uniformly. Mob mentality is not the law. Vengeance is not the law.
What is taking place in Mosul right now is not the law.
It is yet another violation of the law.
And it shames not only the Iraqi military but the government that has allowed these travesties to take place.
The government of Iraq was put in place by an occupying power (the United States government).
It has failed to represent the Iraqi people which is why the Islamic State was able to get a hold in Iraq to begin with.
Now it fails to follow even the most basic recognized international laws.
And for Michael Gregory and REUTERS, that's not a story.
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