LEGAL action charity Reprieve condemned the US government on Wednesday night for its weak stance on drone killings around the world.
The White House announced an international declaration on the applicability of international law and human rights in the use of armed drones.
But Reprieve’s US branch pointed out that the declaration’s statement that “misuse … could fuel conflict and instability” makes not reference to the effects that Washington’s own covert drone programme has had.
US President Barack Obama’s classified drone programme has killed hundreds of civilians in Pakistan and Yemen without formal acknowledgement or apology, the charity said.
Reprieve staff attorney Jennifer Gibson said: “Only this week, President Obama admitted that future US presidents may be able to engage in perpetual covert wars ‘all over the world … without any accountability or democratic debate.’
“As drones spread, it is no longer just the US president about whom we must worry.”