UN report challenges legality of drone strikes in Afghanistan

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  1. nandu

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    UN report challenges legality of drone strikes in Afghanistan



    A UN report has criticised the US government's use of drones in Afghanistan. It raises some interesting points and one section 85 from the report is reproduced here.

    "85. Outside the context of armed conflict, the use of drones for targeted killing is almost never likely to be legal. A targeted drone killing in a State’s own territory, over which the State has control, would be very unlikely to meet human rights law limitations on the use of lethal force."

    The News International (Pak) claims that between 2006 and 2009 the drones killed only 6% militants and the rest 94% civilians. Another website called Pakistan Body Count reports an even lower strike rate at 2.5%. The figures as on 10 Jun 2010 according to the website were "Dead = 1332, Injured = 453, Total = 1785 and Counting…Success Rate of Drone Attacks against Al-Qaeeda ~ 2.5%"

    Supporters of US point out that the size of missiles has been reduced for very precise attacks based on human intelligence and this has allowed for hundreds of militants to be killed. However, since the US/CIA do not discuss these strikes, the Pakistani media figures are filling in an important information gap - whether right or wrong. Many people argue that these kind of figures will inflame common people to turn to jihad/terrorism to avenge lost relatives and friends. One pro-Islam demonstration in the US supported exPak PM Musharraf's view that Times Sq bomber "Faizal Shahzad was influenced by Pak drone attacks".

    NY Times reports a UN official saying that "ill-defined license to kill without accountability is not an entitlement which the United States or other states can have without doing grave damage to the rules designed to protect the right to life".

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  3. ajtr

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    Its about time Amnesty International and Human rights watch group release papers on violations of human rights by USA in different countries.These groups release papers on every country except for west and usa.
     
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    The world should push sanctions on the US!!!!
    US can commit human rights violations, yet when other countries do it, it's illegal and should be punishable by international community!!? Such hypocrites!
    Isolate this ****.
     
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    /\/\/\ Laugh a lot while you can. What about those killed in 9/11? What about the innocent Daniel Pearl? You guys have never been in this situation and speak BS from your living rooms.
     
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    No, I'm not against the US operation in Afghan. What I am against is the US killing innocent civilians there. If they want to invade the country to protect innocent people in America, then you have to make sure the innocent people in Afghanistan don't suffer also.

    @NATO is a BS organization.
     
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    Do you think US is killing innocent civilians there out of pleasure? Eh!?
    There is this enemy in Afghanistan, sheltered by Pakistan along it's borders which does not have a face, a stable location, nor are there any reliable intel. If terrorists can mass murder people like in 9/11, who the hell are we to question US' operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Get acquainted with collateral damage, it happens.

    You criticize the same people, for whom you sleep peacefully at night in US of A. If you have such hard feelings for the innocents in Afghanistan, why not join Red Cross or go there on a sabbatical?

    And please, have some respect for NATO and ISAF forces in there. The war against terrorism is yet to be won and soldiers from NATO and ISAF are dying in numbers while doing their duty. God bless their soul!
     
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    Its war going on out there in iraq and afghanistan and sure collateral damage happens in war between two parties.....like the coletral damage of 9/11 and denial pearl or like the collateral damage of people killed in mumbai in 28/11 in proxy war of india-pak....... right......
     
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    9/11 was an act of terrorism.
    Daniel Pearl was an innocent Jew.
    26/11 was again a terrorist attack.

    Cannot stop your obsession for trolling and flaming posts eh?
     
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