The harmful and residual effects on civilians by bombing dual-purpose facilities
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Journal of military ethics, Vol. 15, no. 2, July 2016, p. 81-99
Bibliographie : p. 99
This article addresses what we owe to the civilians of a state with which we are militarily engaged. The old notion of noncombatant immunity needs to be rethought within the context of both human rights and into the postwar phase. No doubt, civilians will be killed in war. However, much more can be done during and after the fighting to protect civilians’ basic human rights from the ills of war. The author argues for making belligerents accountable ex post by requiring them to repair destroyed dual-purpose facilities that are essential for securing basic human rights of the civilian populace. He argues also that a belligerent’s targeting decisions should be reviewed ex post by an impartial commission.