1. The present report is submitted to the General Assembly by the SpecialRapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamentalfreedoms while countering terrorism, Ben Emmerson, pursuant to General Assemblyresolution66/171and Human Rights Council resolutions15/15,19/19and22/8. It
sets out the activities of the Special Rapporteur conducted between 10 January and8 August 2013. Section III is an interim report to the General Assembly on the useof remotely piloted aircraft in counter-terrorism operations. The Special Rapporteur intends to submit a final report on this subject to the Human Rights Council in 2014.
II. Activities of the Special Rapporteur
2. From 31 January to 1 February 2013, the Special Rapporteur participated in aninternational conference on national and regional counter-terrorism strategiesconvened by the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre in Bogota.3. On 22 February, the Special Rapporteur participated in a high-level policyseminar on targeted killing, unmanned aerial vehicles and European Union policy,held at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.4. On 25 February, the Special Rapporteur organized a workshop in Geneva for ahigh-level Iraqi delegation on conflict resolution and peacebuilding in the context of terrorist violence.5. On 4 March, the Special Rapporteur participated in a panel discussion,organized by the Open Society Justice Initiative in Geneva, on issues arising fromthe Initiative’s report,
Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition
.6. On 5 March, the Special Rapporteur presented his report on the framework principles for securing the accountability of public officials for gross or systematichuman rights violations committed in the course of States-sanctioned counter-terrorism initiatives (A/HRC/22/52) to the Human Rights Council at its twenty-second session.7. On 6 March, the Special Rapporteur participated in a briefing to the EuropeanParliament in Brussels on the human rights implications of the targeted killing programme of the United States of America.8. From 11 to 13 March, the Special Rapporteur travelled to Islamabad to gather information on the impact of drones on the civilian population for the present report.During his visit, he met officials from the ministries of foreign affairs, defence andhuman rights and other relevant entities, including a senior representative of thesecretariat of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and the Chair of the SenateStanding Committee on Defence and Defence Production.9. From 8 to 12 April, the Special Rapporteur conducted a visit to Burkina Faso,at the invitation of the Government. He will present his report thereon to the HumanRights Council at its twenty-fifth session.10. From 17 to 19 April, the Special Rapporteur participated in an expert meetingon drone strikes under international law conducted at Wilton Park, United Kingdomof Great Britain and Northern Ireland.