UN rights chief seeks legality of US & Israel drone use

 

UN wishes to examine the legal terms of US and Israeli drone use, which asks to clarify basis of counter-terrorism or military strikes in areas of armed conflict.

Associated Press

 

The UN human rights chief is urging the United States and Israel to clarify the legal basis for the use of armed drones in Pakistan, Yemen and Gaza.

Israel Air Force Drone – Photo courtesy IDF Spokesperson’s Office

Navi Pillay told a UN Security Council meeting Monday on protection of civilians that “the current lack of transparency surrounding their use creates an accountability vacuum and affects the ability of victims to seek redress.”

Speaking by videoconference, Pillay said she is “seriously concerned about human rights implications for the protection of civilians of armed drone strikes carried out in the context of counter-terrorism and military operations including in Pakistan, Yemen and Gaza.”

“I urge relevant states to clarify the legal basis for such strikes as well as the safeguards in place to ensure compliance with applicable international law,” Pillay said.

 

View original Ynet publication at: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4419849,00.html

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