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Will I be next?" US drone strikes in Pakistan
This report documents attacks by remotely piloted aircraft or ‘drones’ operated by the USA in Pakistan’s tribal areas between 2012 and 2013. The US appears to be exploiting the lawless and remote nature of the region to evade accountability for its drone program, including killings that may constitute extrajudicial executions or war crimes. Apart from the threat of US drone strikes, people in North Waziristan are caught in the middle of deliberate and indiscriminate attacks by armed groups and Pakistan’s armed forces.

Amnesty International research includes cases of so-called “rescuer attacks” in which residents came to the scene of an initial drone strike only to be struck in follow-up strikes, possibly on the presumption that they too were members of the group being targeted. Yet local communities have little control over the presence of armed groups in their villages and districts.

Apart from the threat of US drone strikes, people in North Waziristan are caught in the middle of deliberate and indiscriminate attacks by armed groups and Pakistan’s armed forces. Al-Qa’ida-linked groups have killed dozens of local villagers they accused of being spies for US drone strikes.

Drone strike victims and their families have little chance of securing justice. US authorities have failed to acknowledge responsibility for specific strikes, let alone establish a mechanism for investigating potentially unlawful killings and providing redress. The Pakistani authorities have also failed to provide adequate compensation or other assistance to victims of drone strikes and other violence in the region.


Weiterführende Informationen:

ECCHR: Litigating Drone Strikes - Challenging the Global Network of Remote Killing
Dokumentation einer Konferenz im ECCHR im Mai 2017

"Drone"
Dokumentarfilm über den heimlichen Drohnenkrieg der CIA

"National Bird"
Dokumentarfilm zum geheimen Drohnenkrieg der USA

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