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07 October, 2016

Despite civilian deaths, US pushes normalizing global drone use

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.

The joint declaration named the “Export and Subsequent Use of Armed or Strike-Enabled Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)” aims to establish an international consensus that “the use of armed strike-enabled UAVs is subject to international law, including both the law of armed conflict and international human rights law.”

It was backed by 45 states, including stalwart U.S. allies like the U.K. and Australia. In Latin America, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Uruguay backed the declaration, as well as a number of others from Europe, Asia and Africa. Notable omissions included France, Brazil, Israel, China, Russia, India and Pakistan.

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