Monthly Archives: November 2013

‘Will I be next?’ Amnesty Report and ‘Drones Dialogue: Flying in Circles’ Aljazeera Feature

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In October 2013, Amnesty International released the report ‘Will I be next? US drone strikes in Pakistan’.
The use of drones in Pakistan has become an extremely controversial topic. At the crux of this controversy lies the lack of transparency of the US government and military on the true impacts drones have on civilians, including how many, if any, have been killed as a result of their use. The second fear factor of drones are their ‘video game’ effect on the reality of warfare. Many argue the reality of drones presence and utility in Pakistan is distorted by the distance and virtualisation of the war zone through its appearance as merely an image on a screen. The big question, is whether the use of drones in Pakistan is still, or was ever, necessary, and has their use committed not ply unacceptable human rights violations, but international war crimes?
Follow the link below to see the full report:

http://www.amnestyusa.org/research/reports/will-i-be-next-us-drone-strikes-in-pakistan

Aljazeera recently commented on the dialogue between human rights organisations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights watch with government officials, and summarise comprehensively the current situation in the feature below:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/11/drone-dialogue-flying-circles-2013111216157577126.html

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Sri Lanka’s ongoing human rights atrocities…

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/no-fire-zone/4od

Sri Lanka is due to assume chairmanship of the 53-member Commonwealth during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). This meeting on the 15th of November, hosted by Sri Lanka, should be an opportunity to address the country’s human rights abuses – something that is not on the agenda. It is terrifying the amount of harm that is coming to people which we still know so little about, and it’s happening all over the world. We can do something about it by raising awareness and campaigning for change. Amnesty International’s Student Conference this weekend protested outside Parliament and are launching a full campaign on the abuses in Sri Lanka. Follow to hear more about the protest: http://www.channel4.com/news/sri-lanka-chogm-protest-westminster.

This Channel 4 documentary is distressing and sobering, but such a worthwhile watch.