UN rapporteurs call United States and Yemen to account

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On December 26th, Reuters reported that United Nations human rights experts have questioned the legitimacy of drone attacks under international law, calling on the United States and Yemen to reveal whether they were complicit in drone attacks on wedding processions this month that killed 16 civilians and wounded 10.

Relatives escalated protest on Saturday, blocking main road & demanding an end to US raids

Relatives escalated protest on Saturday, blocking main road & demanding an end to US raids

Christof Heyns, U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), urged Yemen and the United States to disclose whether they were responsible, and if so, what targeting standards were used, how many civilians were killed, and whether they plan to provide compensation for the victims’ families.

Juan Mendez, U.N. special rapporteur on torture, voiced concern about the legitimacy of the airstrikes: “A deadly attack on illegitimate targets amounts to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment if, as in this case, it results in serious physical or mental pain and suffering for the innocent victims”.

How long will extra-judicial killing be condoned?

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