US 'should hand over footage of drone strikes or face UN inq

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PostMon Aug 20, 2012 1:01 pm » by Noentry


US 'should hand over footage of drone strikes or face UN inquiry'


The US must open itself to an independent investigation into its use of drone strikes or the United Nations will be forced to step in, Ben Emmerson QC said yesterday.

His comments came as Pakistani officials said that a US drone strike had killed at least four militants after targeting their vehicles in North Waziristan on Sunday. Attacks by American unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are deeply unpopular in the country, which claims they violate its sovereignty and fan anti-US sentiment.

Only last week cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan vowed to defy Taliban threats to attend a rally in Pakistan's tribal areas aimed at highlighting the human cost of US drone strikes.

Mr Emmerson, a leading London barrister and UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism, said America is facing mounting global pressure over its use of UAVs and he is preparing a report for the next session of the Human Rights Council in March. The issue, he insists, will “remain at the top of the UN political agenda until some consensus and transparency has been achieved”.

American UAV strikes, most notably in Pakistan and Yemen, have shot up since Barrack Obama came to power. Estimates state that while there were 52 such strikes during George W Bush's time, this number has risen to 282 over the past three and a half years, with officials justifying it has international “self defence” against a stateless enemy.

Mr Emmerson said it was time for the US to open itself up to scrutiny as to the legality of such attacks. While it remains nigh on impossible for observers to establish the truth on the ground in many of areas, each strike is visually recorded and videos could be passed to independent assessors, he explained.

“We can't make a decision on whether it is lawful or unlawful if we do not have the data. The recommendation I have made is that users of targeted killing technology should be required to subject themselves, in the case of each and every death, to impartial investigation. If they do not establish a mechanism to do so, it will be my recommendation that the UN should put the mechanisms in place through the Human Rights Council, the General Assembly and the Office of the High Commissioner”, he said.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world ... 61504.html


Is this just spin or will the Obama administration yield to the UN?

I hope there is something to this story.
This is long over due.
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PostMon Aug 20, 2012 1:08 pm » by *WillEase*


As if the UN could really do anything about it if the US doesn't comply.
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PostMon Aug 20, 2012 1:18 pm » by Noentry


willease666 wrote:As if the UN could really do anything about it if the US doesn't comply.


lol when I saw you post I thought shit will has posted this one to, I have done it again. :cry:


You are right of course, but it would paint the administration in a bad light.
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