Tuesday, May, 14, 2013

Drone Wars: Counterterrorism and Human Rights. New America, Washington

Drone Wars: Counterterrorism and Human Rights

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
12:15 -1:45 p.m.

New America Foundation
1899 L St. NW Suite 400
Washington DC, 20036

In Collaboration with the American Society of International Law

On March 15, Ben Emmerson, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counterterrorism, released a statement that categorically declared the CIA drone program a “violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.” That statement followed three days of secret meetings with Pakistani officials, who told Emmerson that they had confirmed 400 civilian deaths in drone strikes since the program began in 2004.

In Pakistan, popular support for CIA drone strikes is virtually non-existent. Although public opinion in favor of drone strikes remains quite high in the United States, the targeted killing campaign has come under increasing fire of late from human rights organizations, Congress, and even former U.S. government officials. The New America Foundation’s National Security Studies Program is pleased to invite you to a conversation with Emmerson about his work investigating human rights violations in the “war on terror,” particularly in relation to the CIA drone program.

Tweet @afpakchannel using #dronewars to start the conversation online.

Ben Emmerson
Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism, United Nations Commission on Human Rights

Peter Bergen
Director, National Security Studies Program, New America Foundation

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