U.S. Drone Strikes Violate International Law: Report

A new report released by Amnesty International says U.S. drones strikes in Pakistan may violate international law. The new report “Will I be Next?” reviews drone strikes that took place between 2012 and 2013 in the northern region of Pakistan. 

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The report acknowledges threats to the U.S. and its allies in the region and says in some cases, the drone strikes are legal. However, the report concludes that there are many instances where the U.S. may be violating international law with its strikes.

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The group Human Rights Watch issued a similar report at the joint press conference with Amnesty International. The Human Rights Watch report details attacks in Yemen and had some of the same findings regarding the legality of U.S. drone strikes. Their report states that drone attacks cause a disproportionate number of civilian deaths and that civilians are indiscriminately killed as a result of the attacks.