us Senate accused the Red Cross

us Senate accused the Red CrossThe US Senate Commission releases official information document on the activities of the International Committee of the red cross. The project questioned the impartiality and neutrality of the position of the organization in matters concerning the policy of the United States. The Commission considers that the actions of the ICRC does not always fit into the framework of humanitarian missions and often move into the political sphere, while taking pronounced anti-American orientation. This particularly relates to the treatment of prisoners of war at Guantanamo Bay, the conduct of hostilities in Iraq and the problem of the prohibition of biological weapons. Not satisfied with senators also that the members of the Board, the ICRC can only be nationals of Switzerland, which is the headquarters of the organization. And although this document (the so-called White Paper, literally "white paper") has no legal effect, it reflects the skeptical attitude of the Congress to the international humanitarian organizations. One consequence may be the official investigation into the financial activities of the ICRC, receiving 28 percent of its budget from the United States. In April, the prosecution has been another international organization "Doctors without borders" (Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The Dutch government demanded from the Swiss branch of MSF million euros. This amount was provided to the organization for payment of a ransom for captured August 12, 2002 in Makhachkala, the head of the mission in the North Caucasus Ariana of Erkel (Arjan Erkel) after his 20-month stay in captivity. Financial Times (the Russian text of Mednovosti.ru).



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