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  5/27/2009, Sivan 4, 5769

Elena Bonner: What About Shalit’s Human Rights?


Renowned human rights activist and widow of the late Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Andrei Sakharov, Elena Bonner, wrote an open letter to colleagues and media challenging the human rights double standard found in the case of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. “I have a question for my human rights colleagues. Why doesn’t the fate of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit trouble you in the same way as does the fate of the Guantanamo prisoners?”

“During the three years Shalit has been held by terrorists, the world human rights community has done nothing for his release. He is a wounded soldier, and fully falls under the protection of the Geneva Conventions. The conventions say clearly that hostage-taking is prohibited and that representatives of the Red Cross must be allowed to see prisoners of war. The fact that representatives of the Quartet conduct negotiations with the people who are holding Shalit vividly demonstrates their scorn of international rights documents and their total legal nihilism.”