International Progress Organization condemns
serious violations of
international humanitarian law in Lebanon,
supports "Save the Lebanese Civilians Petition"
Vienna, 20 July
In a statement issued
today, the International Progress Organization (I.P.O.) has condemned the
attacks by Israel on Lebanese territory, in particular the
indiscriminate targeting of civilians and the deliberate and systematic
destruction of the country's civilian infrastructure.
According to the I.P.O., the ongoing military operations are an
excessive and totally disproportionate use of force
and a form of collective punishment; those measures violate basic provisions of
international humanitarian law, in particular of the Geneva Convention
Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of August
12, 1949 (Fourth Geneva Convention) and the Hague Convention with
Respect to the Laws and Customs of War on Land (Hague Convention IV
of 1907). Furthermore, intentionally directing attacks against the
civilian population as such or against individual civilians not taking
direct part in hostilities constitutes a war crime according to Art. 8
(2) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
While deploring the inability of the United Nations Security Council to
order an immediate cessation of hostilities, the International Progress Organization
appealed to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to
remind all States party
to the Fourth
Geneva Convention of their collective obligation to ensure the respect of
the provisions of
law. According to the ICRC, the "obligation to distinguish
between civilians and civilian objects, on the one hand, and military
objectives, on the other, is at the core of international humanitarian
law and must be complied with at all times."
Progress Organization declares its support to the Save the
Lebanese Civilians Petition, which it has received
from the people in the besieged country, and urges all its members and concerned
citizens worldwide to join this appeal:
Save the Lebanese
citizens of the world:
"Killing innocent civilians is NOT an act of self-defense. Destroying a
sovereign nation is NOT a measured response."
Lebanese civilians have been under the constant attack of the state of
Israel for several days. The State of Israel, in disregard to
international law and the Fourth
Geneva Convention, is launching a maritime and
air siege targeting the entire population of the country. Innocent
civilians are being collectively punished in Lebanon by the state of
Israel in deliberate acts of terrorism as described in Article 33 of the
The Lebanese people feel left out by the world that is turning a blind
eye on the savagery of the Israeli state. Israel does not seem to be
capable of approaching any problem outside the realm of the military
power bestowed on it by the government of the United States of America
and other Western governments.
We are writing you this letter in the hope that this massacre is
immediately stopped. It is the universal duty of each individual to
defend the innocent and expose the truth. The number of
of the Israeli operations is
increasing by the hour. The viciousness of
the attacks has attained terrifying levels where a child has been cut in
three while another was half burned.
The Israeli war machine, in its blind savagery, is destroying not only
our lives but the foundations that could help the civilians survive
beyond the onslaught. The Israeli Defense
Forces are destroying in a
hours what has taken
Lebanon years and billions of dollars to rebuild.
Up until now more than 300 Lebanese civilians have been killed, hundreds
wounded, bridges and infrastructure destroyed, refugees are leaving
Beirut in droves and,
worst of all,
the enforced siege might lead to a
humanitarian catastrophe in the next 48 hours. There must be an end to this
cycle of violence and continuous violation of international laws and
basic ethical behavior.
Between the blindness of the international community and the deafness of
the Arab one, the besieged Lebanese population has no way out.
Peace begins with justice.
Progress Organization supports "Save the Lebanese Civilians Petition"/P/RE/19810c-is