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“’Will I be next?’ US drone strikes in Pakistan”

“’Will I be next?’ US drone strikes in Pakistan”

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New evidence indicates that the USA has carried out unlawful killings in Pakistan through drone attacks, some of which could even amount to war crimes, Amnesty International said in a major new report released today.The report, “’Will I be next?’ US drone strikes in Pakistan”, is one of the most comprehensive studies to date of the US drone program from a human rights perspective. It documents recent killings in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal areas and the almost complete absence of transparency around the US drone program...Amnesty International reviewed all 45 known drone strikes that took place in North Waziristan in northwestern Pakistan between January 2012 and August 2013. The region that has seen more strikes than any other part of the country. The organization conducted detailed field research into nine of these strikes, with the report documenting killings, which raise serious questions about violations of international law that could amount to war crimes or extrajudicial executions. In October 2012, 68-year-old grandmother Mamana Bibi was killed in a double strike, apparently by a Hellfire missile, as she picked vegetables in the family’s fields while surrounded by a handful of her grandchildren. In July 2012, 18 laborers, including a 14-year-old boy, were killed in multiple strikes on a impoverished village close to the border with Afghanistan as they were about to enjoy an evening meal at the end of a long day of work.....
New evidence indicates that the USA has carried out unlawful killings in Pakistan through drone attacks, some of which could even amount to war crimes, Amnesty International said in a major new report released today.The report, “’Will I be next?’ US drone strikes in Pakistan”, is one of the most comprehensive studies to date of the US drone program from a human rights perspective. It documents recent killings in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal areas and the almost complete absence of transparency around the US drone program...Amnesty International reviewed all 45 known drone strikes that took place in North Waziristan in northwestern Pakistan between January 2012 and August 2013. The region that has seen more strikes than any other part of the country. The organization conducted detailed field research into nine of these strikes, with the report documenting killings, which raise serious questions about violations of international law that could amount to war crimes or extrajudicial executions. In October 2012, 68-year-old grandmother Mamana Bibi was killed in a double strike, apparently by a Hellfire missile, as she picked vegetables in the family’s fields while surrounded by a handful of her grandchildren. In July 2012, 18 laborers, including a 14-year-old boy, were killed in multiple strikes on a impoverished village close to the border with Afghanistan as they were about to enjoy an evening meal at the end of a long day of work.....

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“WILL I BE NEXT?”
US DRONE STRIKES IN PAKISTAN
 
Amnesty International is a global movement o more than 3 million supporters, members andactivists in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses o humanrights.Our vision is or every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration oHuman Rights and other international human rights standards.We are independent o any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion and areunded mainly by our membership and public donations.
Amnesty International PublicationsFirst published in 2013 byAmnesty International PublicationsInternational SecretariatPeter Benenson House1 Easton StreetLondon WC1X 0DWUnited Kingdomwww.amnesty.org© Amnesty International Publications 2013Index: ASA 33/013/2013Original Language: EnglishPrinted by Amnesty International, International Secretariat,United KingdomAll rights reserved. This publication is copyright, but maybe reproduced by any method without ee or advocacy,campaigning and teaching purposes, but not or resale.The copyright holders request that all such use beregistered with them or impact assessment purposes.For copying in any other circumstances, or or reuse inother publications, or or translation or adaptation, priorwritten permission must be obtained rom the publishers,and a ee may be payable.To request permission, or or any other inquiries, pleasecontactcopyright@amnesty.orgCover photo: Nabeela, eight-year-old granddaughter odrone strike victim Mamana Bibi.
Printed on recycled paper using 100% wind power.
 
CONTENTS
Map o Pakistan ................................................................................................................5Map o North Waziristan .....................................................................................................61. Introduction ................................................................................................................71.1 Methodology .........................................................................................................92. Background ...............................................................................................................122.1 History o US drone operations in Pakistan .............................................................12 2.2 Armed groups in North Waziristan ..........................................................................14 2.3 Operations by Pakistan armed orces ......................................................................153. Lives torn apart – case studies ......................................................................................18 3.1 Mamana Bibi, Ghundi Kala village, October 2012 ...................................................18 3.2 18 laborers, Zowi Sidgi village, July 2012 ..............................................................24 3.3 Signature strikes ..................................................................................................27 3.4 Rescuer attacks ....................................................................................................284. Fear o drones in North Waziristan .................................................................................31 4.1 Threat o reprisals ................................................................................................335. Survivors denied justice and reparation ..........................................................................35 5.1 US obligations – investigate, prosecute, remedy ......................................................355.2 Pakistan’s obligations – investigate abuses, provide eective remedy ........................36 5.3 No eective remedies ...........................................................................................38 5.4 No compensation .................................................................................................39 5.5 Limited medical and other basic services ................................................................416. US drone strikes under international law ........................................................................43 6.1 Arbitrary deprivation o lie ....................................................................................43

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