Tag Archives: Human Rights

Human rights group sign joint letter to Obama

The “statement of shared concern” said the administration should “publicly disclose key targeted killing standards and criteria; ensure that U.S. lethal force operations abroad comply with international law; enable meaningful Congressional oversight and judicial review; and ensure effective investigations, tracking … Continue reading

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The Future of Killer Robots: Are We Really Losing Humanity?

[This article was published online at e-International Relations on 11/12/12] The Future of Killer Robots: Are We Really Losing Humanity? Science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov famously formulated “The Three Laws of Robotics” to protect humans from their artificial creations. They were … Continue reading

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U.N. Special Rapporteur urges drone transparency

Amid mounting global pressure and a range of lawsuits, Ben Emmerson QC, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights, argues that the U.S. must open its program of targeted killings to impartial investigation or face a U.N. inquiry. “We can’t make a … Continue reading

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Drone Strikes Threaten 50 Years of International Law

The US policy of using aerial drones to carry out targeted killings presents a major challenge to the system of international law that has endured since the second world war, a United Nations investigator has said. Christof Heyns, the UN special rapporteur … Continue reading

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Alarming rise in mercenary activities

The United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries warned Tuesday of an alarming resurgence of the use of mercenaries in armed conflict –“often in new and novel ways”. The expert panel also noted in a report* to the … Continue reading

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‘Getting Away with Torture’ – New Report by Human Rights Watch

Report into the use of torture under the Bush administration available here.

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