While the U.S. initiated a 45-country declaration on drone use, its use of drones has killed an increasing number of civilians around the world.
On the same day that human rights groups called for an investigation into 10 U.S. drone strikes which reportedly killed civilians, the U.S. and 44 other countries issued a joint declaration on the use and export of deadly unmanned drones Wednesday.
“Higher standards on drone exports and use are desirable and needed, but this joint declaration doesn’t go far enough to ensure that those standards actually set that bar high enough,” she Rachel Stohl, an analyst with the Stimson Center, about the declaration Tuesday. “If standards are low, they provide a blank check to governments to act with impunity and claim they have acted responsibility.”
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