US drone strikes ‘could be war crimes’ and set risky precedent – UN
The use of drone strikes by the US to combat terrorism flouts international law and may
encourage other nations to follow
suit, a UN rapporteur says. He stressed that some of the attacks may constitute war crimes.
Christof Heyns, the UN special investigator on extrajudicial killings told a UN conference in Geneva that the US needs to be held legally accountable for the use of armed drones.
“Are we to accept major changes to the international legal system which has been in existence since World War Two and survived nuclear threats?” he said.
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