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War Crime Drones

PESHAWAR – The Peshawar High Court in Pakistan has made a landmark ruling that regards the US-led drone strikes as war crimes and said that there should be compensations for the victims. The court has recommended that the Pakistani government advance a resolution against the attacks in the United Nations, as well as defend itself against the drones that kill people on Pakistani soil. The court also proposed that the UN erect a war crimes tribunal on the drone attacks.

The drone attacks, which target suspected terrorist group members, have become an increasingly important part of the US strategy on fighting terrorism – essentially, they are perpetrating executions from the air without the possibility for a fair trial. This is especially alarming given the recent wows by President Obama to shut down the Guantanamo Bay detention center, where detainees on a four-month hunger strike are being force-fed with a tube down their noses. Whereas in Guantanamo Bay it is only the terror suspects that are kept locked in for years without trial and facing torture, the drone strikes have a lot more collateral damage in terms of wounded and killed civilians, not to mention the psychological terror the strikes create. Recent statistics reported by the UN Special Rapporteur show that there have been at least 330 drone strikes on the territory of Pakistan since 2004; deaths caused by the strikes numbered at around 2,200, with at least 600 peopleinjured. During President Obama's reign, the number of drone attacks in Pakistan has gone up drastically, from a few a year to one in four days.

Even when fighting terrorism human rights must be respected, civilian lives protected, and everyone should be held innocent until proven guilty by a fair court of law. As Ed Murrow put it in words: "We proclaim ourselves [...] the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home."

We invite you to watch the following trailers on the topic of Guantanamo Bay and changing US war strategies:

  • THE ROAD TO GUANTANAMO by Mat Whitecross, Michael Winterbottom. Part drama, part documentary, The Road to Guantánamo focuses on the Tipton Three, a trio of British Muslims who were held in Guantanamo Bay for two years until they were released without charge.
  • GITMO – THE NEW RULES OF WAR by Erik Gandini and Tarik Saleh. In 2003, a year after Swedish citizen Mehdi Ghezali was detained at "Gitmo" Erik and Tarik started filming the documentary and visited the base on a guided tour of selected areas.
  • REMOTE CONTROL WAR by Leif Kaldor. Billions of dollars are driving an unnoticed shift to Robots in the military that has revolutionized how war is fought, the rules of war, and creating new technologies that will soon change our world.
  • DIRTY WARS. Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars.
  • YOU DON'T LIKE THE TRUTH - 4 DAYS INSIDE GUANTANAMO by Luc Coté and Patricio Henriquez. The interrogation recordings of the underaged Canadian Guantanamo Bay prisoner, Omar Khadr, by Canadian intelligence personnel are presented with observations by his attorneys and former cell mates.


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"The Road to Guantanamo" by Mat Whitecross and Michael Winterbottom

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"Dirty Wars" by Jeremy Scahill

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"Gitmo - The New Rules of War" by Erik Gandini and Tarik Saleh

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"You Don't Like the Truth" by Luc Coté, Patricio Henriquez

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"Remote Control War" by Leif Kaldor