The Urgent Appeal by International Law Experts Regarding Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law in Gaza.

August 08, 2014.                                        

The Urgent Appeal by International Law Experts Regarding Serious Violations of International Humanitarian Law in Gaza.

Acknowledging the longstanding commitment of the international community to peace and security, and to the protection of basic human rights and freedoms of every individual, regardless of his or her nationality, ethnic, or religious affiliation, it is imperative that the world recognize that massive human rights violations and monstrous atrocities are taking place in the territory of Gaza, particularly against women and children, and against civilians in general. These human rights violations and atrocities must cease immediately.


Unfortunately, destructive activities such as wars, killing, violence and other forms of inhuman treatment in relation to individuals or groups have become all too common in our world.  Numerous international legal documents that should guarantee the protection of persons as individuals and as members of a given human group do not provide the expected results. Tragically, the international community has been unable to respond effectively to genocide, or to crimes against humanity, even though those crimes have been repeated in different geographic locations, and in even more predictable and devastating forms.


Clearly, the brutal violence, murders, and other forms of destructive action directed against defenseless women and children are not the reasonable way to resolve certain issues within a state or between states.


At the present time, the horrific crimes being committed in Gaza against Palestinian civilians call for an immediate and vigorous response to stop the atrocities, atrocities that we believe can be identified and prosecuted as genocide and as crimes against humanity under international law. In addition, we would like to point out that failing to act at this time so as to not prevent such crimes could be seen as complicity in the very crimes being committed.


It has not escaped our attention, moreover, that the disproportionate use of force in Gaza is often directed against facilities that have no military significance (e.g. schools, hospitals, and United Nations facilities). This strategy of targeting civilians, particularly those seeking refuge in recognized shelters, must stop.


We sincerely believe and hope that the international community has a willingness and commitment to act so as to stop further destruction and murder of innocent civilians in Gaza.


In the name of humanity, justice and fairness, as well as in the context of international humanitarian law, we implore the international community to take all necessary actions to stop the violence in Gaza.  We welcome the current cease-fire and all diplomatic efforts to pursue peace with justice by addressing possible war crimes, responding to human rights violations, and seeking reparations and protections for the citizens of Gaza.


The Signatories of the Urgent Appeal:

1.                  Professor Francis A. Boyle

2.                  Profesor Marko Attila Hoare

3.                  Profesor David Pettigrew

4.                  Professor Keith Doubt

5.                  Professor Safiya Soliman

6.                  Mr. Roger M. Richards

7.                  Mr. Chris Mathieu

8.                  Professor Emir Ramic

9.                  Profesor  Smail Cekic

10.              Profesor Fahira Fejzic

11.              Professor Mirsada Hukic

12.              Professor Kasim Trnka

13.              Profesor Rasim Muratović

14.              Profesor Senadin Lavić

15.              Profesor Suad Kurtčehajić

16.              Professor Asim Mujkic

17.              Professor Tarik Zaimovic

18.              Profesor Mujo Begić

19.              Profesor Admir Muratović

20.              Profesor Mevlud Dudić

21.              Profesor Edina Bečirević

22.              Profesor Hariz Halilović

23.              Profesor Sead Berberović

24.              Profesor Fikret Bečirović

25.              Professor Muris Osmanagic

26.              Professor Redzep Skrijel

27.              PhD. Emir Suljagić

28.              PhD. Mustafa Cerić

29.              Masters Sadmir Karović

30.              Masters Osman Softić

31.              Masters Sanja Seferović Drnovšek

32.              Masters Marjan Hajnal

33.              Mr. Adil Kulenović

34.              Adamir Jerkovic

35.              Mr. Ibrahim Kajan

36.              Ms. Bakira Hasečić

37.              Jasmin Meškovic

38.              Emir Zlatar