Drone strikes threaten 50 years of international law, says UN rapporteur

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Drone strikes threaten 50 years of international law, says UN rapporteur –US policy of using drone strikes to carry out targeted killings ‘may encourage other states to flout international law’ 21 Jun 2012 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 on extrajudicial killings, summary or arbitrary executions, told a conference in Geneva that President Obama’s attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere, carried out by the CIA, would encourage other states to flout long-established human rights standards. In his strongest critique so far of drone strikes, Heyns suggested some may even constitute “war crimes”. [People –both in America and in countries occupied by the US –need to get *a lot better* at shooting them down.]

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