Amnesty International: Drone strikes may amount to war crimes

Hot on the heels of two UN reports, Amnesty International has released a report on drone strikes in Pakistan, entitled “Will I Be Next?”.

The study is not comprehensive, but rather a “qualitative assessment based on detailed field research into nine of the 45 reported strikes that occurred in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal agency between January 2012 and August 2013”. While recognizing the complexity and uncertainty of the region, Amnesty concludes:

“What is certain from Amnesty International’s research, however, is that the cases in this report raise serious concerns that the USA has unlawfully killed people in drone strikes, and that such killings may amount in some cases to extrajudicial executions or war crimes and other violations of international humanitarian law. Like other forces operating in the Tribal Areas, the USA appears to be exploiting the lawless and remote nature of the region to evade accountability for its violations”

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