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UN human rights expert: CIA drone strikes violate laws of war

The use of drones by U.S. intelligence agencies to target suspected militants in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere lacks the accountability required under international law, a U.N. human rights expert said Friday. Philip Alston, a New York University law professor, will call next week for new international rules to govern the…

NAACP chief: Arizona immigration law targets ‘people of color’

As Democrats formally unveiled a framework for national immigration reform Thursday, Arizona’s controversial new law — and its undertones of nativist fury over the nation’s demographic transformation — has cast an ominous shadow on the upcoming effort, an immigration expert and NAACP’s Arizona chief tell Raw Story. Republican Gov. Jan…

US drone raids could land CIA officers in court: expert

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US government’s refusal to offer a legal rationale for using unmanned drones to kill suspected militants in Pakistan could result in CIA officers facing prosecution for war crimes in foreign courts, a legal expert has told lawmakers. “Prominent voices in the international legal community” were increasingly…

UN expert slams US for not looking into torture claims

GENEVA — The UN’s independent expert on torture on Wednesday criticised the Obama administration for not investigating allegations of torture made when president George W. Bush was in power. “This is my criticism of the Obama administration: There is not enough done to remedy what has been done in the…

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