After more than two and a half years, the coalition has admitted to killing four members of the Hadid family in Mosul, Iraq in April 2015. Their story is told in Dagbladet Information as well as in a new 45-minute documentary on the Danish channel DR2 as part of the ongoing Journalismfund.eu-supported ‘Europe’s Hidden War’ project.
Dutch Human Rights Attorney Supports Civilian Vicims
Also as a consequence of the work done by the Europe’s Hidden War Project, Liesbeth Zegveld, a prominent Dutch human rights attorney, has taken up the cases of two Iraqi civilian who were hit by alleged coalition air strikes.
The story of Ebtehal Mohammed Yosef (26) and Mohammed Mohammed Ahmed (29) was published in NRC Handelsblad as part of an ongoing investigation supported by Journalismfund.eu along with an op-ed by Zegveld as well as an article describing how, for the first time a lawyer in one of the countries bombing the Islamic State takes action on behalf of potential civilian victims.
When Dutch F16’s joined the fight against so-called Islamic State, the Dutch Ministry of Defence initially published weekly reports accounting for the amount of missions and, crucially, where the bombs had been dropped. Transparency has since then deteriorated, and the ministry has rejected media requests for simple information as well as freedom of information act requests.
The lack of transparency makes it near-impossible for civilian victims of coalition air strikes to establish whether or not Dutch F16’s were behind. But »victims have a right to know who harmed them,« argues Zegveld after volunteering to represent Yosef and Ahmed.
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Koalitionen dræbte fire medlemmer af familien Hadid i Mosul. Der gik to et halvt år, før den indrømmede det (DK)- Information, 7 November 2017
Dokumentar underminerer koalitionens påstand om rekordlavt antal civile tab i krigen mod IS (DK) - Information, 7 November 2017
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USA vil alligevel ikke oplyse, om man dræbte familien Hadid (DK) - Information, 25 January 2018
Først da den første tvivl om fejlbombning meldte sig, fik Forsvaret en procedure for civile drab, Information, March 6, 2018
Når vores bomber rammer de forkerte (DK) - DR2, 7 November 2017