Drones crime: a form of collective punishment; no accountability, no legality.

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Anti-U.S. protesters in Karachi on October 23 demonstrate against U.S. drone attacks in the Pakistani tribal region.

The United Nations report over 400 civilians have been killed in the past decade for US drone strikes. The most recent attack in Pakistan on early Thursday killed 3 people; the first attack since Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asked U.S. President Barack Obama to end the campaign of drone strikes. The Pakistani government “strongly condemns” the latest drone strike, the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. One week before the attack human rights groups questioned the legality of the US drone program in Pakistan and Yemen, among them Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, which released highly critical reports.

Today I would like to share with you a compelling cross-talk conducted by the journalist Peter Lavelle from RT, who invited three experts on the matter. Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink and author of “Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control”; Morris Davis, Professor at the Howard University School of Law; Pir Zubair Shah, Pakistani journalist with the New York Times; they will engage in a 24 minutes discussion on the legality of drones crimes.

Drones do not represent the means to stop terrorism, but on the contrary they fuel and enlarge conflicts and anti-American sentiments. As Medea Benjamin stated: “drones strikes are a form of collective punishment”, they are meant to ‘defeat’ terrorism but instead they maintain a state of fear in the population affected that will hardly recover psychologically.

Laura Zuffi

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