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US drone strikes ‘could be war crimes’ and set risky precedent - UN

Saturday, June 23, 2012

US drone strikes ‘could be war crimes’ and set risky precedent - UN


The use of drone strikes by the US to combat terrorism flouts international law and may encourage other nations to follow suit, a UN rapporteur says. He stressed that some of the attacks may constitute war crimes.

Christof Heyns, the UN special investigator on extrajudicial killings told a UN conference in Geneva that the US needs to be held legally accountable for the use of armed drones.

"Are we to accept major changes to the international legal system which has been in existence since World War Two and survived nuclear threats?" he said.

He also requested that the Obama administration publish statistics on the number of civilian deaths caused by strikes on suspected terror leaders in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://www.rt.com/news/us-drone-violates-law-un-report-459/

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