Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez condemned the recent pardons granted by the President of the United States (USA), Donald Trump, to his country’s military contractors implicated in assassinations in Iraq.
The pardons granted to war criminals hired by the US as mercenaries qualify both the perpetrators and the government that hires them and pardons, wrote the Head of Cuban Diplomacy on Twitter @BrunoRguezP.
The pardons granted to war criminals hired by the US as mercenaries qualify both the perpetrators and the government that hires and pardons them.RELATED
– Bruno Rodríguez P (@BrunoRguezP) December 28, 2020
On December 22, Trump granted these presidential pardons to about twenty people, including four members of the private military company Blackwater implicated in the murder of 14 civilians in Iraq in 2007, and one of them, Nicholas Slatten, was facing a conviction. life imprisonment, Prensa Latina reviews on its website.
Those contractors machine-gunned and threw explosives into a crowd to make way for a military convoy, killing all 14 civilians and injuring 17 others.
The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office condemned the measure which, it argued, “contributes to impunity and has the effect of encouraging others to commit such crimes in the future.”
The Iraqi government also criticized the decision for ignoring the seriousness of the crime committed and the values of human rights, justice and the rule of law, and ignoring the dignity of the victims and the feelings of their families.