Pakistan urges UN to take notice of illegal drone strikes

GENEVA: Pakistan on Wednesday stressed that the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council and its mechanisms should respond to human rights violations and the loss of precious lives as a result of drone strikes on the country’s territory in violation of its sovereignty.

Speaking at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Pakistan’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Tehmina Janjua, emphasised that these drone strikes were also a violation of UN Charter, international law including human rights and humanitarian law.

According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here, Pakistan has been stressing repeatedly that use of armed drones or remotely piloted aircrafts was a breach of human rights, in particulars, the right to life, which is non-derogable.

The ambassador urged the international community and the Human Rights Council to remain seized of human rights violations taking place as a result of illegal drone strikes.

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