Category Archives: Human Rights

“Forensic Architects” recreate drone strikes

Story here on the growing use of computer programs to virtually recreate the impact of drone strikes using satellite imagery. The visual data can then be used by “forensic architects” to assess whether a disproportionate number of civilians were targeted in … Continue reading

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UN Special Rapporteur releases final report on drone strikes

Originally posted on Drone Wars UK:
click to download report Ben Emmerson, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and countering terrorism has issued his final report into the impact of drone strikes on civilians.  Briefly, as I have only…

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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 … Continue reading

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UN Rapporteur: Drones are doing “structural damage” to international security

The UN’s special rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, has submitted a long-awaited report on the use of armed drones. While no nation is singled out, the U.S. is evidently the focus of Heyn’s analysis, which recommends … Continue reading

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UN peacekeepers to acquire first drone in Congo

The United Nations has confirmed its peacekeepers will deploy an Italian-made drone in eastern Congo, a region that has been engulfed in conflict for close to two decades. The “Falco” will fly after the UN Security Council approved the trial … Continue reading

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US drone strikes in Afghanistan more deadly than manned

According to a study by Larry Lewis, adviser to the military’s Joint Staff, and Sarah Holewinski of the non-governmental organization Center for Civilians in Conflict, U.S. drone strikes in Afghanistan result in significantly more civilian deaths than regular fighter jets … Continue reading

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International Crisis Group: Drone strikes in Pakistan not long-term solution

A report by the Geneva-based International Crisis Group has criticized by the U.S. and Pakistani governments for failing to improve upon the conditions that give rise to Islamic militancy in the tribal areas – namely political isolation from the Pakistani … Continue reading

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