UN EXPERT TAGS DEADLY US STRIKE ON SOLEIMANI AN ‘UNLAWFUL’ KILLING

The January 2020 US drone strike in Iraq that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and nine other people represented a violation of international law, a United Nations (UN) human rights investigator said on Monday.


UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Agnes Callamard said the US has failed to provide sufficient evidence of an ongoing or imminent attack against its interests to justify the strike on Soleimani’s convoy as it left Baghdad airport.

The attack violated the UN Charter, Callamard wrote in a report calling for accountability for targeted killings by armed drones and for greater regulation of the weapons. “The world is at a critical time, and possible tipping point, when it comes to the use of drones. ... The Security Council is missing in action; the international community, willingly or not, stands largely silent,” Callamard, an independent investigator, told Stephanie Nebehay of Reuters.

Callamard is due on Thursday to present her findings to the Human Rights Council, giving member states a chance to debate what action to pursue. The US is not a member of the forum, having quit two years ago.

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