Former Senior British Law Lord: US Violated International Law In Iraq
Lord Bingham of Cornwall (l), who just stepped down as senior British law lord, says the invasion of Iraq, the redefinition of torture, and the detention conditions at Guantanamo, meant that action by the UK and the US was “a serious violation of international law.”
While a written statement by then-attorney general Lord Goldsmith claimed the war was legal on the ground of existing UN resolutions, Lord Bingham says that thinking is flawed.
“It was not plain that Iraq had failed to comply in a manner justifying resort to force and there were no strong factual grounds or hard evidence to show that it had.
“Hans Blix and his team of weapons inspectors had found no weapons of mass destruction, were making progress and expected to complete their task in a matter of months.”
Lord Bingham also criticised Lord Goldsmith for failing to make clear that only the UN Security Council could judge whether there had been compliance and, if appropriate, authorise further action.Click here for reuse options!
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