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Targeting of Civilian Aircrafts in South America

Forewarned War: The Targeting of Civilian Aircrafts in South America and the Inter-American Human Rights System

Alonso Gurmendi Dunkelberg

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Abstract

Throughout the War on Drugs, South American governments have fought a difficult and many times losing battle against drug trafficking. Lack of resources and policing capabilities have lead a growing number of States to adopt so called “Shoot-Down Laws”, legislation designed to authorize use of lethal force against “hostile” aircraft suspected of being involved in narco-trafficking. This article examines said laws from the viewpoint of international law, humanitarian law and human rights law. The article makes the point that mere transportation of narcotics cannot be reason enough to authorize use of lethal force and that “Shoot-Down Laws” constitute both a violation of the right to life and a misuse of the law of armed conflict to justify military action against civilian aircraft. The article claims that other alternatives, such as closer bilateral cooperation and enforcement, must be explored if these governments want to avoid being sued for human rights violations at the Inter-American level. Read Full Article – pdf
Recommended Citation

Alonso Gurmendi Dunkelberg, Forewarned War: The Targeting of Civilian Aircrafts in South America and the Inter-American Human Rights System, 48 U. Miami Inter-Am. L. Rev. 1 (2017)
Available at: http://repository.law.miami.edu/umialr/vol48/iss2/3

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Ecuador: UN Special Rapporteur calls for investigation regarding violence against protesters

ww4report.com reported UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz issued a statement Aug. 24 expressing concern about ongoing violence against protesters by security forces in Ecuador, and called for a “just and impartial” investigation. The statement made special note of “accusations of violence against indigenous women” who participated in peaceful demonstrations. […]

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Ecuador: Groups demand progressive changes (Opinion)

Ecuador: Widespread Protests from Left and Indigenous Sectors Demand Progressive Changes Carlos Zorilla reported the largest protests – and by far the longest-lasting – against Rafael Correa’s government have been raging all over Ecuador since August 13th, when hundreds of thousands of people in a national strike called by the Indigenous People’s organizations and Labor […]

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Peru: Protesters protest planned arrival of 3,000 plus U.S. military personnel

sputnkiknews.com reported Peruvians marched in the capital city Lima to protest the planned arrival of more than 3,000 US military personnel and the continued US military intervention in the South American country, local media reported on Thursday. The march began from the Plaza San Martin in central Lima and moved to the US embassy. Demonstrators […]

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Ecuador: Indigenous and Right Wing groups to continue protests against President

An Indigenous assembly and march have been called for Friday. telesurtv.net reported after this past week of demonstrations, where over 116 police officers and members of the armed forces were injured and at least 60 people detained, some Indigenous groups aligned with right-wing movements have vowed to continue their protests and strike against the government […]

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Repression in Ecuador

theguardian.com/David Hill – Would you believe me if I told you that while president Rafael Correa was singing “Hasta siempre, comandante” with a band in the main square in central Quito last Thursday night just one block away riot police were tear-gassing and clubbing Ecuadorian citizens? Or that elsewhere in Ecuador the police have been […]

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Ecuador: What will occur in Ecuador? the date is December 2015 (Opinion)

jornada.unam.mx /(Opinion) Joan Martínez Alier professor of economics and economics history at Autonomous University of Barcelona wrote in an opinion piece… The Correa government is heading down a path of repression. To sample the August 13 police arrested, mistreated and announced the deportation of Manuela Picq, Brazilian journalist and partner of Carlos Pérez, leader of […]

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Ecuador: Protesters Clash With Authorities, five police reported injured

caracol.com.co reported there were clashes with protesters in the south of the country by blocking roads and government supporters in Quito focus on Carondelet. At least five policemen have been slightly injured after a clash with protesters blocking a road in southern Ecuador, Azuay area, this part of the anti-government protests that advance indigenous and […]

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Ecuador: National strike, protest planned for August 13, 2015

panampost.com reported Ecuadorian trade unions and indigenous groups are in final preparations for a massive nationwide strike on Thursday, August 13. Their objective is to have President Rafael Correa rectify his various policy proposals, including his plans to impose new taxes on inheritance and capital gains, which have led to a wave of protests for […]

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Venezuela: Law of the Jungle takes over in search of groceries, desperation showing

panampost.com reported it’s the law of the jungle in Venezuela, as shopping for groceries becomes an increasingly dangerous activity. As the shortage crisis worsens, more and more angry mobs are raiding the nation’s supermarkets, looting whatever basic goods they can find. During the first half of 2015, the Venezuelan Observatory for Social Conflict (OVCS) registered […]

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Ecuador: Appeals for those facing jail terms in anti-govt protests, stalled according to HRW

hrw.org reported people facing jail terms in Ecuador for participating in anti-government protests can appeal under a new law, but the courts have repeatedly stalled on hearing their cases. The convictions are based on overly broad definitions of crimes that are no longer applicable to these cases, but courts have delayed scheduling appeals in cases […]

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Ecuador: President tells Military, Police to prepare for turmoil

Ecuador’s President Calls On Military, Police to Prepare for Turmoil Telesurtv.net The call for the loyalty from the armed forces comes amid political tensions in the country. Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa called on the police and military Monday to be prepared for destabilizing attempts by opposition groups ahead of a national strike set for mid-August. […]

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Ecuador: Govt. spies may have broken law in obtaining personal information on activists

theguardian.com reported Ecuadorian government spies may have illegally targeted political and environmental opponents to president Rafael Correa’s plan to extract oil in Yasuni national park…Ecuadorian spies may have broken the law by obtaining personal information on MPs, environmentalists, indigenous groups, human rights activists, academics and political opponents of president Rafael Correa who opposed the exploitation […]

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Ecuador: President Correa warns opposition trying to undermine govt.

telesurtv.net reported – A coalition of opposition groups is seeking to reverse progressive tax proposals. Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa accused those of organising coming national strikes and demonstrations of seeking to undermine his administration. “The right just as well as left-wing opposition groups use political demonstrations to antagonize the government with the aim of undermining […]

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Ecuador: IHS JANE’s 360, Risk of political violence increases, coup remains unlikely

Risk of political violence in Ecuador rises from low to moderate, coup remains unlikely JANES.COM/Arthur Dhont reported at around midnight on Monday (13 July) a small improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated outside the local headquarters of Ecuador’s ruling Country Alliance (Alianza País: AP) party in the city of Guayaquil. The incident comes amid rising […]

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Ecuador: One Day National Strike planned in August

IBTIMES.COM reported labor unions and social groups in Ecuador are planning a one-day national strike to launch another blow against President Rafael Correa, who is still grappling with mass outrage over a slate of tax proposals. Correa has accused opposition factions of fomenting a “soft coup” against his government. Unions and social and indigenous groups […]

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Quito Ecuador: After Pope’s departure, hundreds of people end moratorium on protests

Reuters.com reported Hundreds of anti-government protesters in Ecuador ended a moratorium during Pope Francis’ visit on Thursday and returned to the streets in a rally against recent tax hikes and alleged corruption and autocracy. Several hundred thousand Ecuadoreans have participated in demonstrations in the past month, mainly in the highland capital Quito and coastal city […]

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Ecuador: Tensions Between Government and Opposition threaten democracy

globalvoicesonline.org/Milton Ramirez wrote: Despite Ecuador having received praise for reducing poverty over the last years the South American country is currently facing a challenge to meet its fiscal budget as a result of the rut in global prices for its key oil export. As politicians wrangle over finances, a wave of internet-to-street protests have been […]

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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador: Protest against foreign investment in hotels, golf courses

theecologist.org / Galápagos rebellion against foreign investment in hotels, golf courses, luxury tourism Residents of Ecuador’s Galápagos islands are mounting angry protests against government plans to open the World Heritage Site to foreign investment in luxury tourism and hotels, writes Jane Shaw. They fear for the fragile ecology of the islands, for water shortages caused […]

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Quito Ecuador: Drone flying above protesters (June 10-15) (video)

LIVELEAK.COM – Thousands of anti-government protesters demonstrated in Quito on June 10 for the second time in a week. Protesters demonstrating against President Rafael Correa’s proposed changes to inheritance tax laws wore black and shouted slogans such as “Out Correa, out!” Considerably outnumbered rival protesters, supporters of the ruling PAIS Alliance party, called for Correa’s […]

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Ecuador: During Protests internet services heavily used, service problems

globalvoicesonline.org reported: During the demonstrations, at least during those in Quito and Guayaquil, problems were evident with mobile Internet services supplied by private service providers. People noticed the problem and came up with explanations ranging from network saturation due to the massive volume of users, to the use of signal jammers, which are illegal under […]

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Guayaquil: Mayor tells crowd Ecuador is in a class war, following Venezuela

EURONEWS.COM REPORTED, In Guayaquil, the city’s mayor told the crowd that Ecuador is going through a difficult time, both politically and ideologically. Describing the situation as a “class war”, Jaime Nebot accused the government of dividing the country, following the same path as the government of Venezuela. Read Article THINKING OF MOVING TO ECUADOR – […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: Thousands Protest against policies of President Correa

WSJ.com/Mercedes Alvaro reported Thousands of protesters on Thursday took to the streets of Ecuador’s largest city, Guayaquil, to protest against the policies of President Rafael Correa, especially new tax proposals.The Guayaquil demonstrations, led by Mayor Jaime Nebot, were part of the third week of protests against Mr. Correa’s government. On Thursday mass protests also took […]

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Ecuador: Students Accused of Sabotage in protests, Face Prison Time

panampost.com/Rebeca Morla reported students of the traditional Mejía Institute in Quito, Ecuador, have joined the nationwide protests against the government of President Rafael Correa that have gained momentum over the last two weeks. Three of those young protesters, however, have been accused of “sabotage,” and face up to seven years in jail if convicted. During […]

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According to Report Ecuador behind some protests against Chevron in U.S.

HOTAIR.COM/Jazz Shaw wrote as you may recall, over the course of Ecuador’s attempted Chevron Shakedown, there have been sporadic protests in the streets wherever and whenever court actions were taking place. This included the hearings at the International Arbitration Tribunal, where people who were ostensibly environmental activists and “Friends of the Rain Forests” showed up […]

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