Drone strikes threaten 50 years of international law, says UN rapporteur and Co-director of ICLA
By Elzet Hurter
Posted on 25 June 2012
The US policy of using drones to carry out targeted killings presents a major challenge to the system of international law that has endured since World War II, says Prof Christof Heyns, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, summary or arbitrary executions and Co-director of the Institute for Comparative Law in Africa, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria.
In his strongest critique on drone strikes so far, Prof Heyns suggested some may even constitute "war crimes". His comments come amid rising international unease over the surge in killings by remotely piloted, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Read the article that appeared in the The Guardian on 21 June 2012.
(Flickr photo: United Nations – Geneva)