Category Archives: UN

Our government continues to support Saudi Arabia despite its ‘crimes against humanity’ (UN), challenged by US Senator Chris Murphy

The global charity Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) told Reuters news agency that more than 40 civilians, including an eight-year-old in a critical condition, were admitted to Abs Hospital after an air strike in the Mustaba district, a region largely controlled … Continue reading

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FT: “A part of the civilisation process” – air-strikes kill over 148* in Pakistan/Afghanistan last month, Cameron undeterred

Incredibly, “the steady withdrawal of actual human flesh from the battle zone” is described as being a part of the civilisation process According to the un-named writer of FT view, a part of the civilisation process “is the steady withdrawal … Continue reading

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Four year non-violent campaign in Pakistan against drone strikes

NATO supply containers to and from Afghanistan via Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are stopped at border points until US drone attacks stop and a formal apology is given for human killings in Pakistan. Pakistan’s Express Tribune reports that former University of Bradford … Continue reading

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Is the British government complicit in the humanitarian crisis being unleashed on the people of Yemen?

The Belfast Telegraph reports that the coalition government licensed more than £4bn worth of arms to Saudi Arabia. Both British fighter jets and bombs are being deployed by Saudi Arabia against targets in Yemen. One instance was covered by the Guardian. … Continue reading

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Was this shameful “extra judicial” British killing directed by ‘our special friend’ in Washington?

Times change: once courted . . . Cardiff-born Reyaad Khan and Ruhul Amin, from Aberdeen were killed in Syria by a drone on 21st August by a remotely piloted aircraft, whilst travelling in a vehicle. Another British national, Junaid Hussain, … Continue reading

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Accolades for Tim Martin: can the complicit British government give a rational answer to his question?

“We have no skin in the game. Politicians and war profiteers believe this makes everything more sanitary and acceptable” Tim Martin, a HVAC engineer and camera-shy freelance writer with a degree in philosophy, in his article in the Eureka Times … Continue reading

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UNCHR calls on EU to ban the development, production and use of drones

Events 2013-2015 As this site recorded, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson, a barrister specialising in European human rights law and member of Matrix Chambers, released an interim report on the use of drones in counter-terrorism … Continue reading

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MoD facing legal challenge to armed drone deployment outside Afghanistan

Noting the range of posts on the subject on this site, a reader has sent a link to the Guardian’s latest by legal affairs correspondent Owen Bowcott, reporting that British officials are to come before a United Nations inquiry into … Continue reading

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Only US, UK and France vote against the UNHCR resolution to probe legality of drone strikes

In the Miami Herald, John Zarocostas reports from Geneva that the U.N. Human Rights Council agreed on Friday, despite strong objections from the United States, to study whether American drone strikes comply with international law. Several NATO allies abstained. The … Continue reading

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Is the USA ‘looking to get out of the business of secret drone strikes’?

The UN has delivered a withering verdict on the US’s human rights record, reported in the Guardian. It raised concerns about issues including torture, drone strikes, the failure to close Guantánamo Bay and the NSA’s bulk collection of personal data. … Continue reading

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