New Reports Allege US Drone Strikes Violate International Law

New Reports Allege US Drone Strikes Violate International Law

In new reports, human rights groups allege U.S. drone strikes unlawfully killed civilians in Pakistan and Yemen in violation of international law. Diane and her guests discuss the new questions about the legality of the U.S. drone program.

In new reports two human rights groups, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, challenge the Obama administration’s use of drone strikes. The reports which are based on first hand accounts from northern Pakistan and Yemen documenting civilian casualties and the ongoing impact the killings in the regions. Last week a UN human rights investigator estimated that 2,200 people have been killed in drone strikes in Pakistan over the last decade. In May President Obama outlined this country’s policies for using drones. These policies included ‘near- certainty’ that no civilians will be killed or injured. Please join Diane and her guests to discuss the U-S use of drones.

Guests

Shuja Nawaz

director, South Asia Center of the Atlantic Council; author of "Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army, and the Wars Within."

Christine Fair

assistant professor, Georgetown University's security studies program; fellow at West Point's Combating Terrorism Center.

Mark Mazzetti

national security correspondent, The New York Times; author of "The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth."

C. Dixon Osburn

director of law and security, Human Rights First.

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