Practice Relating to Rule 52. Pillage
In 1990, in a letter to the UN Secretary-General, Kuwait denounced “practices which are an affront to mankind and which violate all the values of Islam and of civilization, the principles of human rights and the relevant Geneva Conventions … [including] looting of all public and private facilities … [and] theft of public and private vehicles and their removal to Iraq”.
In 1990, in a letter to the UN Secretary-General, Kuwait mentioned violations “of all international laws” by Iraq:
We wish to draw attention to a phenomenon which has no precedent in history, namely, the Iraqi occupation authorities’ organized operation for the purpose of looting and plundering Kuwait. It is impossible to compare this operation to any similar incidents or to provide an exact account thereof because it is in effect an operation designed to achieve nothing less than the complete removal of all Kuwait’s assets, including property belonging to the State, to public and private institutions and to individuals, as well as the contents of houses, factories, stores, hospitals, academic institutions and to universities.
In 1990, following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, the Sheikh of Kuwait denounced in the UN General Assembly the “systematic armed looting and destruction of State assets and individual property”.