Who Obeys the Laws of War?
There’s a fascinating article on Dozame.org, a Kurdish site: “Emergence of a better Kurdish 4GW frightens Turkey:”
An interesting observation is that HPG is now playing by all the rules set up by international conventions, treaties and war-laws [Jus in Bello] (which ARGK unfortunately occasionally broke). People in the military or with a military background will definitely see why HPG now is using remote-controlled bombs instead of anti-vehicle and anti-personnel landmines. The reason is the ‘Ottawa Treaty’. According to the ‘Ottawa Treaty’ (banning landmines) a landmine is defined as “primarily designed to be exploded by the presence, proximity or contact of a person and that will incapacitate , injure or kill one or more persons”. Which means that if a mine sets itself off automatically by the presence, proximity or contact of a person, it is forbidden to be used by the countries signing the treaty.
I have no information about the truth of these claims. What is interesting to me is that the HPG (the Kurdish ‘People’s Defense Force’), which the US State Department lists as a terrorist group, is declaring their adherence to the laws of war. It’s certainly interesting positioning.
(Via Global Guerrillas.)