December 3, 2013
by Taylor Gillan
UN Special Rapporteur on counterterrorism Ben Emmerson on Monday stated that he plans to launch an investigation into the surveillance activities of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). Emmerson posed questions regarding the political and ...[read more]
October 25, 2013
by Peter Snyder
Two UN rights experts issued separate reports to the UN General Assembly Thursday calling upon states to increase transparency in the use of drones and to investigate allegations of civilian deaths in drone strikes. According to the UN press release, the report by UN Special Rapporteur on counter- ...[read more]
October 18, 2013
by Kenneth Hall
A recent report made public by the UN Friday indicates that the US is under-reporting the number of civilian deaths resulting from anti-terrorism drone strikes. In his investigation, UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson discovered 33 drone attacks that have resulted in approximately 450 civilian ...[read more]
July 31, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism on Monday urged Chilean authorities to refrain from applying anti-terrorism legislation that directly impacts the Mapuche indigenous peoples. Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson made his first official visit to Chile, finding that "the ...[read more]
June 8, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism Ben Emmerson on Friday urged the Obama administration to provide more clarity on its counterterrorism policies. While Emmerson's office recently released a statement strongly in favor of the new policies laid out in a speech by US ...[read more]
April 13, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism Ben Emmerson on Friday called on the international community to protect Burkina Faso from terrorism, warning that attacks on the country's infrastructure or security would undermine social cohesion within the country, impair inward ...[read more]
March 15, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
UN Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights Ben Emmerson announced Thursday that the government of Pakistan considers US drone strikes to be "counter-productive, contrary to international law, and a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity." The statement comes ...[read more]
March 4, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism Ben Emmerson called Monday on the US government to publish the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report detailing investigations into the Central Intelligence Agency ...[read more]
January 24, 2013
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism Ben Emmerson announced on Thursday that he will begin investigating the legality of the use of drone strikes. Emmerson said that after asking the US to allow an independent investigation of its use of targeted killings last year, there is ...[read more]
August 20, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism Ben Emmerson told reporters on Sunday that the US government must allow an independent investigation of the legality of its drone strike policy. The US has received heavy criticism recently for its use of drone strikes to attack targets in ...[read more]

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