UN investigator warns US on use of drones

A U.N. human rights investigator is warning the United States that its use of unmanned warplanes to carry out targeted executions may violate international law.
Philip Alston says the U.S. will increasingly be perceived as carrying out indiscriminate killings in violation of international law unless the government explains the legal basis for targeting particular individuals and the measures it is taking to comply with international humanitarian law which prohibits arbitrary executions.
His comments Tuesday came as the U.S. has increased the use of Predator drones in Afghanistan and Pakistan and is considering stepping up their use even further against al-Qaida and Taliban targets.
Alston, the U.N. Human Rights Council's investigator on extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions, told a news conference the U.S. response _ that the Geneva-based council and the U.N. General Assembly have no role in relation to killings during an armed conflict _ is untenable.

Updated : 2021-01-28 14:52 GMT+08:00