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Pakistan seeks UN rights body’s help on drone strikes

June 16, 2016

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has urged the UN Human Rights Council to respond to loss of lives, human rights violations and breach of its territorial sovereignty because of drone attacks.

Speaking at a meeting of the council in Geneva, Pakistan’s permanent representative Tehmina Janjua pointed out that the drone strikes were also a violation of the UN charter and international law, including human rights and humanitarian law, said a press release issued by the ministry of foreign affairs.

Pakistan, it said, had been repeatedly saying that the use of armed drones or remotely-piloted aircraft was a breach of human rights, particularly the non-derogable right.

Janjua asked the international community and the HR Council to take notice of human rights violations taking place as a result of illegal drone strikes in the country.

Published in Dawn, June 16th, 2016