US drone strikes ‘might break international law’

29/1/0/09

USA drone strikes against suspected terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan could be breaking international laws against summary executions, according to a top UN investigator. ”The problem with the United States is that it is making an increased use of drones/Predators (which are) particularly prominently used now in relation to Pakistan and Afghanistan,” UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions Philip Alston said. ”My concern is that drones/Predators are being operated in a framework which may well violate international humanitarian law and international human rights law.”US strikes with remote-controlled aircraft against al-Qaeda and Taliban targets in Afghanistan and north-western Pakistan have often resulted in civilian deaths.

See: http://www.theage.com.au/world/us-drone-strikes-might-break-international-law-20091028-hkyr.html; Karzai brother with private army on CIA payroll; Dexter Filkins; 29/2/09; http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-world/afghan-leaders-brother-on-cia-payroll-report-20091028-hkcv.html