Friday, June 08, 2012

UN Rights Chief Calls for Probe into US Drone War in Pakistan

Navi Pillay said the “indiscriminate killings and injuries of civilians” raises legal questions and needs to be investigated

 by John Glaser,, June 07, 2012

The United Nation human rights chief on Thursday called for a UN investigation into U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, on the grounds that their legality is questionable and that they indiscriminately kill innocent civilians.

“Drone attacks do raise serious questions about compliance with international law,” Navi Pillay told a news conference in Islamabad.

“I see the indiscriminate killings and injuries of civilians in any circumstances as human rights violations,” she said, adding that, “Because these attacks are indiscriminate it is very, very difficult to track the numbers of people who have been killed.”

“I suggested to the government [of Pakistan] that they invite the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Summary or Arbitrary Executions and he will be able to investigate some of the incidents.”

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