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US drone strikes may break international law: UN

Posted By admin On October 28, 2009 @ 4:21 am In World News | Comments Disabled

AFP [1]
Wednesday, Oct 28th, 2009

US drone strikes against suspected terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan could be breaking international laws against summary executions, the UN’s top investigator of such crimes said.

“The problem with the United States is that it is making an increased use of drones/Predators (which are) particularly prominently used now in relation to Pakistan and Afghanistan,” UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions Philip Alston told a press conference.

“My concern is that drones/Predators are being operated in a framework which may well violate international humanitarian law and international human rights law,” he said.

US strikes with remote-controlled aircraft against Al-Qaeda and Taliban targets in Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan have often resulted in civilian deaths and drawn bitter criticism from local populations.

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[3] Obama confirms U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-confirms-u-s-drone-strikes-in-pakistan.html

[4] U.S. Disavows 2 Drone Strikes Over Pakistan: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-disavows-2-drone-strikes-over-pakistan.html

[5] Obama ‘to expand drone strikes’ in Pakistan: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-to-expand-drone-strikes-in-pakistan.html

[6] US ‘should hand over footage of drone strikes or face UN inquiry’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-should-hand-over-footage-of-drone-strikes-or-face-un-inquiry.html

[7] 35 die in U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal region: http://www.prisonplanet.com/35-die-in-u-s-drone-strikes-in-pakistans-tribal-region.html

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