Wednesday, October 23, 2013

U.S. Drone Strikes Come Under Fire From Int'l Human Rights Organizations

Screenshot: Amnesty International
Madison Ruppert
Activist Post

New reports published by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch sharply criticize the U.S. drone program in Pakistan and Yemen, calling into question the legality of the program and even raising the possibility of U.S. war crimes.

These reports come on the heels of an interim report by a United Nations special rapporteur, which also questioned the legality of the program and mentioned the deaths of hundreds of civilians.

Amnesty International’s new report, released Tuesday, details the U.S. drone program in Pakistan. The program in Pakistan has been by far the most active and one of the most contentious.

The report was based on 60 interviews with eyewitnesses, families and residents of North Waziristan, the Pakistani tribal region, where many of the U.S. drone strikes occur.

Human Rights Watch’s new report, released publicly on Monday, focuses on civilian casualties in Yemen.