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For once & always, unlawful US
From nuclear tests to executing juveniles, the US ridicules all laws
19/02/2009

Very recently, Texas executed a Mexican inhabitant without even informing him of his right to seek help from his consular representatives – a violation of orders as per International Court of Justice, which happens to be the foremost judicial body of the United Nations. Prior to this, when Michael Domingues and other juvenile criminals were executed by the Nevada Supreme Court, a breach of International treaties and jus cogens was caused apart from an infringement upon the ‘International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)’. Additionally, United States is also condemned of dishonouring the ‘Customary International Law’, which is a new form of international law at par with the federal common law.

And in 2002, US came up with a new genre called ‘unlawful combatants’, meant for the captives taken in Afghanistan, which of course was an untouched concept in the Geneva Convention, thereby earning US a much less wanted fame for breaking the laws of war. Also, in 1999, the Comprehensive (Nuclear) Test Ban Treaty was rejected by the US Senate although it was signed by Clinton in 1996, thereby ensuring continued nuclear testing in 2001. December 2001 again witnessed US withdrawing from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (1972).

But the worst unbelievable violation that the US has committed has been in the area of juvenile rights. While all other countries have signed and ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, United States has merely signed it, which, according to the Vienna Convention, still makes US liable to abide by the laws of this convention. Amnesty International confirms now, “In the past five years, the United States has executed 13 juvenile offenders.” Since 2000, US is amongst only five countries to have executed juveniles. If that is not heartless, what is...

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