Thursday, August 12, 2004

Iraqi death penalty causes problems

Danish troops in Basra are now refusing to hand over captured Iraqis because they may face execution. Meanwhile, the British have caved as usual, and are claiming that the EU ban on their country extraditing peopel to face execution or facilitating the death penalty in any way somehow does not apply to their activities in Iraq.

I guess we can expect the Danes to go home at the end of their stint in Iraq unless they see some progress. Unlike the British, they take the EU's human rights provisions seriously.

As for New Zealand, I've yet to see any indication of a condemnation of Iraq's reimposition of the death penalty from the New Zealand government, or any reaction at all to the regime's use of torture. How much longer will we remain silent?