U.S. Pushes UN Security Council to Exempt U.S. Troops from Prosecution

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In the United Nations, the U.S. representatives push for the Security Council to renew Resolution 1487 that would exempt U.S. troops and officials from being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court. The U.S. also tries to get the measure through quickly, with just 48 hours notice.

Other nations and many observers are outraged that the U.S. would try to do this right after the public release of the photos of U.S. soldiers abusing prisoners in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Richard Dicker of Human Rights Watch says:

"Given the recent revelations from Abu Ghraib prison, the US government has picked one hell of a moment to ask for special treatment on war crimes. The UN Security Council should not grant special favors to any country, including the United States."

The resolution will be withdrawn in the wake of the outraged responses.

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