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Topic: Extrajudicial killings

In the News (Wed 22 May 19)

  ei: Extrajudicial Killings
Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza are being killed on a near-daily basis, though their deaths are not represented in the corporate media in proportion to the coverage given to Israeli deaths.
Mid-June of 2006 witnessed an escalation of extrajudicial killings in the West Bank and Gaza.
The "collateral damage" was predictable given the population density of the Gaza Strip and the magnitude of Israel's bomb.
www.electronicintifada.net /bytopic/extrajudicial-killings.shtml   (785 words)

 India: Extrajudicial killings under the spotlight
The euphemism ‘encounter killings’ has been used since the 1960s to describe extrajudicial killings because of the frequency with which officials claim that the deceased had been killed in an ‘encounter’ with police.
Extrajudicial killings are not isolated occurrences in India; as former civil servant and social activist S.R. Sankaran puts it, they are part of a “deliberate and conscious state administrative practice” for which successive Indian governments must bear responsibility.
The failure to ensure that cases of extrajudicial killings are concluded within a reasonable period of time contributes to the climate of impunity that allows extrajudicial killings to continue to occur throughout India.
www.hrdc.net /sahrdc/hrfeatures/HRF71.htm   (1453 words)

  Nepal: Killing with impunity - Amnesty International   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The number of extrajudicial killings declined markedly in 2000 and the first half of 2001, due partly to international pressure and partly to the fact that the demoralised and weakened police force remained mostly confined to barracks.
Although the majority of those killed by the security forces are men, in a significant number of cases extrajudicial executions are reportedly accompanied by rape, either of female victims or the victim’s female relatives.
The prohibition of extrajudicial executions should be reflected in the training of all officials involved in the arrest and custody of prisoners and all officials authorized to use lethal force, and in the instructions issued to them.
web.amnesty.org /library/index/engasa310012005   (10513 words)

 [AHRC Human Rights Day] ASIA: Extrajudicial killings, disappearances, torture and other forms of gross human rights ...
In response to local and international criticism of abductions, disappearances, extrajudicial killings, torture and other forms of serious crimes and gross abuses of human rights, the president has appointed a local commission of inquiry, and a group of people from the international community has been given permission to observe their work.
Extrajudicial killings, in fact, have increased in 2006 as the government has failed to stop the killings.
Whoever is killed or tortured or fatally shot in fake encounters are labelled by the state as “terrorists.” Furthermore, disappearances after arrest were first introduced in the country after 9/11, a phenomenon that was not common in Pakistan previously.
www.ahrchk.net /statements/mainfile.php/2006statements/852   (5116 words)

 Extrajudicial killings of alleged drug dealers in Thailand
While the target of the killing seems to have been Seng Sae, the family members of the three other men insist that it was impossible for them to be drug sellers, as they never even smoked cigarettes or drank alcohol.
One characteristic of the killings across the country was that they often occurred in daylight and in the presence of witnesses, despite the killers being "unidentified'.
She said the administration's tough action against drug trafficking had prompted widespread killings to silence small-time drug agents, while the relevant agencies lacked the necessary measures to protect "good people" Of 26 people shot dead in Udon Thani between February 1 to 18, only 18 were reportedly on the government fllist.
www.article2.org /mainfile.php/0203/85   (5562 words)

 Philippine News - Manila Standard Today - Connie Veneracion
That is the essence of an extrajudicial killing.
It is a killing attended by premeditation, treachery and, in most cases, taking advantage of superior strength, with the aid of armed men, or employing means to weaken the defense, or of means or people to insure or afford impunity.
While extrajudicial killings are condemned because life is taken without due process of law, in the same manner, the administration is blamed without due process of law either.
www.manilastandardtoday.com /?page=connieVeneracion_aug10_2006   (1108 words)

 PHILIPPINES Campaign Against Extrajudicial Killings
Much concern has been expressed about the number of extrajudicial killings in the country, seen as targeting leftists and administration critics, but the priest pointed to a difference in the DADITAMA area.
In Davao City alone there were more than 165 extrajudicial killings in 2005 and through May this year, according to the Davao Today newspaper.
He had witnessed an extrajudicial killing and had agreed to testify in court.
www.columban.com /extra_judicial_killings.html   (855 words)

 Philippines: Political Killings, Human Rights and the Peace Process
As senior officials and military officers labelled members of the legal left "enemies of the state",(10) and failed to condemn the killings consistently at all levels of government, fears grew that elements within the armed forces might interpret this as a tacit signal that political killings were a legitimate part of the anti-insurgency campaign.
As stated in 2005 by the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings these duties lie on the authorities in relation to killings by non-state actors, when they act with the knowledge or acquiescence of the authorities and as a result are not subject to effective investigation, prosecution or punishment.
Extrajudicial executions are carried out by regular military or police forces, by special units created to function without normal supervision, or by civilian agents working with government forces or with its complicity.
www.amnestyusa.org /news/document.do?id=ENGASA350062006   (14985 words)

 Extrajudicial punishment - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
One interpretation behind the concept of extrajudicial punishment is that governments will break their own legal code when it is necessary for them to do so.
Extrajudicial punishment is a typical feature of totalitarian and other politically repressive regimes using death squads for this purpose, but even self-proclaimed or internationally recognized democracies have been known to use extrajudicial punishment under certain circumstances.
In some cases, extrajudicial punishment may be planned and carried out covertly by a particular branch of a state and its specific agents, without previously informing other sectors or even without having been secretly ordered to commit such acts.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Extrajudicial_execution   (569 words)

 Bulatlat - The Philippines's alternative weekly magazine
The impunity with which these killings were done have outraged justice and peace advocates both in and out of the country, including American bishops, members of the diplomatic community from European countries, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and Amnesty International.
The regularity of the extrajudicial killings of late may also well point to a Phoenix imprint: a demented military quota system of illegal bloodletting could be underlying this spree of gore.
Similarities with Vietnam cannot be ignored, where killings may manifest an eerie desperation on the part of the ruling regime and its patron, the US.
www.bulatlat.com /news/6-34/6-34-phoenix.htm   (1562 words)

 The president fails to take decisive steps to end extrajudicial killings
Except for mentioning her condemnation of political killings in the harshest possible terms and urging the witnesses to come forward, and mentioning that together we will stop extrajudicial executions, there was hardly any indication of any practical measures that the president will take in order to stop these killings.
Extrajudicial killings can happen only with her direct or indirect approval or by military or other forces acting directly contrary to her orders.
The outrage of the Filipinos as well as concerned persons outside the Philippines at the extrajudicial killings in the country required a far greater resolute response on the part of the country's president.
www.samarnews.com /news2006/jul/f736.htm   (751 words)

 Extrajudicial Killings and Sham Investigation – Davao Today
The commission was formed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Aug. 21 – the 23rd anniversary of the assassination of Sen. Benigno Aquino – to investigate the spate of extrajudicial killings that, since 2001, have claimed the lives of 740 civilians as well as the disappearance of 180 others.
Suspected to be behind the killings are military death squads and paramilitary and police forces.
The magnitude of the killings is enormous, unmitigated and systematic raising suspicions — not without basis — that these are masterminded by high authorities and sanctioned by or at least known to the president.
davaotoday.com /2006/09/02/extrajudicial-killings-and-sham-investigation   (1046 words)

 Extrajudicial killings on the rise - Asia - Pacific - International Herald Tribune
Perido is the local leader of a human rights group and, like many other community organizers and activists around the country, she has gone into hiding to avoid what they say is a military-backed campaign of assassinations of leftists.
In a report released Aug. 15, Amnesty International said "a politically motivated pattern of killings" of members of legal leftist groups was spreading in the Philippines, with 51 victims in the first six months of this year, compared to 66 in the whole of 2005.
Amnesty's conclusion that the government is implicated is based in part on the similarity of the killings, often involving surveillance and death threats like those that have driven Perido into hiding.
www.iht.com /articles/2006/08/22/news/filip.php   (1100 words)

Extrajudicial killings have been happening at the rate of one every two days.
THE UNABATED killing of leftist activists constitutes a pattern of political executions that should be a source of "deep embarrassment" to the Philippine government, according to Amnesty International (AI).
AI said that in February, Ms Arroyo declared a state of emergency on the basis of a purported plot to overthrow her administration by members of the mainstream opposition in "tactical alliance" with rightists, communist rebels, progressive leftist groups and current and former military personnel.
contakphilippines.tripod.com /speaknow   (2642 words)

 International  Monitors confirm deep penetration, extrajudicial killings charges
They also said Sri Lankan security forces are responsible for extrajudicial killings with the troops so unconcerned as to the consequences as to not ven provide plausible denials.
In one case, a civilian was killed 60 metres from an army checkpoint.
A white van seen before some of the killings appears to have moved with impunity through checkpoints and in one case was reportedly seen leaving an army camp, the monitors say.
www.tamilnation.org /indictment/continuingwar/060515slmm.htm   (819 words)

 Nigeriaworld Feature Article - Apo, Nigerian Police and extrajudicial killings
Although the motive for the killing is still very murky the story was that the six people, five men and a woman were travelling in a car that allegedly collided with the car of the Divisional Police Officer for Abuja.
In the Apo killing, it is the senior police officer that actually pulled the trigger and terminated innocent lives.
We know that the killing was deliberate and not accidental discharge, which is another favourable cliche of the police for extrajudicial killing.
nigeriaworld.com /articles/2005/jul/072.html   (1486 words)

 Extrajudicial Killings in the Philippines: Strategies to End the Violence
Extrajudicial killings, committed by the security forces, the NPA, or others, were common during the Marcos dictatorship, and have continued, albeit with less frequency, since that time.
Addressing extrajudicial killings in a serious, effective way and ensuring that Philippine authorities bring those responsible to justice is important to our relationship and, of course, to the Philippines’ own democratic development.
To conclude, we take the problem of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines seriously, and are committed to helping our Philippine allies as they bring those responsible to justice.
www.state.gov /p/eap/rls/rm/2007/81754.htm   (1649 words)

 Foreign Policy In Focus | Policy Brief | Israel’s Policy of Targeting Terrorists: Implications for the U.S.
Extrajudicial killings violate fundamental American principles, yet American officials and policymakers appear to be actively supporting Israel’s actions both politically and militarily.
Extrajudicial killings, by definition, violate the fundamental principles of democracy.
Extrajudicial killings by a democratic state can in no way be construed as defensive.
www.fpif.org /briefs/vol6/v6n32exjud_body.html   (2480 words)

 Project on Extrajudicial Executions
In the current context, in particular, the apparent renewed systematic practice of enforced disappearance and the killings of Red Cross workers, it is critical that the Commission and IIGEP not be portrayed as a substitute for robust, effective measures including national and international human rights monitoring.
Today, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Philip Alston, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the situation of human rights defenders, Hina Jilani, issued a press release on the recent murder of two Red Cross workers in Sri Lanka.
The Project on Extrajudicial Executions was established by Philip Alston to support his work as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions.
www.extrajudicialexecutions.org   (2002 words)

 Lack of political will to stop extrajudicial killings demonstrates drift from democracy
If the latter is the case, a serious issue exists in which the government has no control over a military enterprise that is now affecting, not only a large number of lives in the country, but also the security of the people as a whole.
Given the fact that the killings are continuing despite expressions of massive public concern, the failure of the government to respond to these extrajudicial killings needs to be probed much deeper by all concerned people.
Observing the nature of extrajudicial killings that are taking place in the country for quite some time, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is of the view that such a serious transformation has, in fact, taken place in the Philippines.
www.samarnews.com /news2006/aug/f770.htm   (800 words)

 Whiskey Bar: Riding With the Bad Boys   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
U.S. officials have long been concerned about extrajudicial killings in Iraq, but until recently they have refrained from calling violent elements within the police force "death squads" — a loaded term that conjures up the U.S.-backed paramilitaries that killed thousands...
U.S. officials have long been concerned about extrajudicial killings in Iraq, but until recently they have refrained from calling violent elements within the police force "death squads" — a loaded term that conjures up the U.S.-backed paramilitaries that killed thousands of civilians during the Latin American civil wars of the 1970s and 1980s.
But U.S. military advisors in Iraq say the term is apt, and the Interior Ministry's inspector general concurs that extrajudicial killings are being carried out by ministry forces.
billmon.org /archives/002342.html   (257 words)

A prominent critic of the wave of extrajudicial killings that have swept the Philippines under the administration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has himself become a victim of these killings.
This brazen killing of a bishop indicates an escalation in the surge of violence that has engulfed the Philippines under the Arroyo government.
We have urged you to look into the spate of political killings of leaders of the legitimate political opposition, militant activists, media practitioners and human rights lawyers, human rights advocates in the country and the intimidation of church people specially bishops, priests and church workers.
www.rghr.net /mainfile.php/0841/1181   (738 words)

 Press Releases: Sri Lanka, Special Rapporteur calls on parties to conflict in Sri Lanka to address zone of impunity for ...
The principal theme of my report is that extrajudicial killings, if left unchecked, have the potential to fatally undermine the peace process and to plunge Sri Lanka back into the dark days of all out war.
These killings should not be thought of only in the cold and detached language and statistics of 'ceasefire violations', although they clearly are that.
The failure to effectively investigate the killings has resulted in many areas of the North and East – whether controlled by the Government or by the LTTE – becoming zones of impunity for killers with different motivations and affiliations.
www.reliefweb.int /rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/EVOD-6JUK3E?OpenDocument   (2123 words)

 Help Sam Kambo
Kambo in the deportation proceeding of participating in extrajudicial killings, it has refused repeatedly to release him on bond as twice ordered by the Immigration Judge, in a separate bond proceeding based on the second and third accounts of “unnamed sources” who “are convinced” Mr.
Kambo, simply by virtue of his affiliation with the National Provisional Ruling Council (the “NPRC”), participated in extrajudicial killings in December 1992, when he was Deputy Minister of Energy within the provisional government of Sierra Leone pending democratic elections.
Those extrajudicial killings were investigated by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (the “TRC”), which was funded and backed by the multi-national community, including the U.S., and the United Nations Human Rights Organization, investigated all alleged crimes against humanity during this time period.
www.helpsamkambo.com   (1294 words)

 The Secretary-General's Statements
He reiterates that extrajudicial killings are violations of international law and calls on the Government of Israel to immediately end this practice.
He is apprehensive that such an action would lead to further deterioration of an already distressing and fragile situation.
The only way to halt an escalation in the violence is for Israelis and Palestinians to work towards a viable negotiating process aimed at a just, lasting and comprehensive settlement, based on the Quartet's Road Map.
www.un.org /apps/sg/sgstats.asp?nid=879   (110 words)

 Press Releases: Nigeria, Expert on extrajudicial killings ends visit to Nigeria
We must reject unequivocally the killing of all innocent civilians and non-combatants by no matter whom and in no matter what circumstances.
Accordingly, the Nigerian Civil Liberties Organisation wrote to the State Police Commissioner on 31 March, to the Federal Attorney-General on 5 May, and to the National Human Rights Commission on 6 May, calling upon the authorities to ensure that the accused were taken before a judge and protected from 'imminent execution'.
According to information provided to me in interviews with relatives of the dead men, not one of them was merely wounded, not one was shot only in the leg, and not one was rushed to a doctor for medical attention.
www.reliefweb.int /rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/HMYT-6E4SLD?OpenDocument   (2191 words)

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