March 26, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On March 26, 2010, State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh defended the legality of the Obama administration's use of unmanned predator drones. Koh explained that the strikes "comply with all applicable laws" and that the Obama administration policies were aimed at limiting civilian deaths and ...[read more]
September 27, 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi
Former UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Philip Alston on Sunday called for an investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan. In his first interview since stepping down from his UN position, Alston urged the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to ...[read more]
June 3, 2010
by Drew Singer
A top UN official on Wednesday called on the US to cease CIA drone strikes in Pakistan until more accountability for the strikes exists. UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Philip Alston said that, despite their usefulness against terrorist organizations, the ...[read more]
January 8, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk
UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Philip Alston on Thursday urged an investigation into possible Sri Lankan war crimes after authenticating a video of members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) being executed by members of the Sri Lankan military. Alston said that an ...[read more]
October 28, 2009
by Amelia Mathias
UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Philip Alston said Tuesday that the use of unmanned warplanes by the US to carry out attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan may be illegal. Alston criticized the US policy in a report to the UN General Assembly's human rights c... ...[read more]
May 29, 2009
by Matt Glenn
The US has failed to adequately prevent and prosecute war crimes and other abuses during its operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Philip Alston said in a report released Thursday. The report found, Some aspects of the rule... ...[read more]
March 6, 2009
by Devin Montgomery
UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Philip Alston on Friday called for an independent investigation into the Thursday killings of Kenyan human rights activists Oscar Kamau Kingara and John Paul Oulu. The two men were officers for the Oscar Foundation, a group ...[read more]
October 7, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore
Thirteen United Nations experts on Monday urged the international community to respect the rights of detainees. The statement of the 13 special rapporteurs, including Philip Alston, the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and Manfred Nowak, the Special Rapporteur... ...[read more]
July 1, 2008
by Devin Montgomery
The US does not appropriately protect its citizens and foreign nationals from executions that are out of line with international law, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Philip Alston said Monday. Alston said state death penalty systems need stronger safeguards ...[read more]
March 25, 2008
by Kiely Lewandowski
UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Philip Alston Tuesday urged Guatemalan lawmakers not to override a presidential veto of a bill that would restore the country's death penalty in a way he said would be contrary to international human rights law. Alston said... ...[read more]

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