Amnesty International Accuses Hezbollah of War Crimes

Amnesty International (AI) issued a report on September 14, 2006 entitled Hezbollah’s Attacks on Northern Israel. The report, which was intended to balance AI’s report on Israel issued on August 23, ("Amnesty continues to distort human rights rhetoric to attack Israeli actions in Lebanon," NGO Monitor, Sept. 4, 2006), examines the impact of Hezbollah’s missile attacks on Israel’s civilian population. This report refers to the firing of missiles as indiscriminate and calls these actions war crimes, rejecting the justifications that had been presented by Hezbollah. Amnesty notes that it will address the use of human shields by Hezbollah for storing and launching missiles in a later report (this is also a violation of international law), while ignoring Hezbollah’s status as a terror group, as declared by the US, Canada, Israel, and other countries.

  • On August 20, The Daily Telegraph reported that Oxfam rejected a potential £1 million from the U.K. government’s Department for International Development (DFID) for reconstruction in Lebanon. Oxfam stated that accepting British government money could compromise it’s neutrality due to the U.K.’s official stance during the conflict.
  • On August 22, an AmeriCares airlift, partnered by American Near East Refugee Assistance (ANERA), arrived in Beirut with more than 15 tons of essential medicines and relief materials. ANERA has so far delivered $5 million of medicines and medical supplies to nearly 500 charities, government clinics and hospitals in Lebanon during and after the recent conflict.
  • On August 16, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) announced that its "Expert Legal Inquiry" would investigate infractions of "international humanitarian law and human rights law" during the recent Lebanon conflict. It will focus on "methods of war on both sides that have caused the greatest loss of civilian life." The ICJ also called for a UN inquiry into alleged violations of international law during the war.