Jan 17, 2020, 6:16 PM
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IHRC complains UN over Gen Soleimani assassination

Tehran, Jan 17, IRNA - The Islamic Human Rights Commission in a letter to the United Nations filed its complaint over assassination of the IRGC Quds Force Commander Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani, urging UN to ask US be responsible for the judicial executions.

"IHRC has written to the United Nations demanding that it holds Washington accountable for its extra-judicial execution of Major General Qasem Soleimani in a drone stike in Iraq on 3 January," the letter reads.

Lieutenant General Soleimani who was the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps' (IRGC) Quds Force commander was assassinated by the US along with the acting Commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), known as Hashd al-Shaabi, Abu Mahdi Al-Mohandes, and eight other military forces with record of fighting the Daesh (ISIS) in Iraq.

In its letter, the IHRC stressed the fact that crime cannot go unanswered by the international community.

IHRC shares the view expressed by Agnes Callamard, the United Nation’s special rapporteur on extra-judicial executions, on Monday 6 January that “messages and bilateral exchanges are not enough.” Callamard urged the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to activate Article 99 of the U.N. charter and “establish an impartial inquiry into [the] lawfulness of Soleimani’s killing and events leading up to it.”

"Along with many international experts and observers IHRC believes that the killing of Soleimani and five others travelling with him were evidently not carried out in accordance with any legally accepted international criteria," it added.

"In recent years, particularly since 2001, we have witnessed the increasing use by the US of drone strikes to extra-judicially assassinate political opponents and justify them with an expedient understanding of the doctrine of pre-emptive self-defence."

"If such a definition was allowed to prevail it would render the law meaningless because it would effectively give the green light to all states to execute political opponents. Put simply, it would lead to the law of the jungle," IHRC reiterated.

As the Supreme Leader has called for proportionate military action against the US interests in response to the heinous crime against the Iranian Commander, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) targeted the US airbase of Ain al-Assad in Al-Anbar province in western Iraq.

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