Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Human Rights Defenders Protest Drone Warfare

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Human Rights Defenders Protest Drone Warfare

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Human Rights

As they have done the second Saturday of each month, members of Pax Christi and other human rights groups gathered in front of the White House Jan. 13 to protest the U.S. government's use of drone warfare.

The Authorization for the Use of Military Force Act drafted by the George W. Bush administration in September 2001 has consistently been criticized by civil rights groups because hundreds of innocent men, women and children have been killed by U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and Libya.

Pax Christi, an international Catholic organization that rejects war, violence and racism, contends that drone killings fuel terrorism and perpetuate violence rather than deterring it.

Several organizations, including the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' Long War Journal (a news website), New America and Bureau of Investigative Journalism, attempt to track the number of drone airstrikes and casualties, but without accurate results, as journalists have limited direct access into how the U. …

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