By a margin of 534 to 49, the European Parliament supported a resolution requiring that EU Member States “do not perpetrate unlawful targeted killings or facilitate such killings by other states”, and called upon them to “oppose and ban practices of extra judicial targeted killings.” This piles the pressure on countries like the UK, whose intelligence agencies and military infrastructures have allegedly supported CIA drone strikes in Pakistan (and beyond).
The resolution notes that:
- “drone strikes by a State on the territory of another State without the consent of the latter constitute a violation of international law and of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of that country”
- “thousands of civilians have reportedly been killed or seriously injured by drone strikes [but] these figures are difficult to estimate, owing to lack of transparency and obstacles to effective investigation”
- “drone strike policies have been documented as causing considerable harm to the daily lives of ordinary civilians in the countries concerned, including deep anxiety and psychological trauma, disruption of economic and social activities and reduced access to education among affected communities.”