FFR Hosts UN Special Rapporteur
Ben Emmerson QC

FFR Hosts UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson QC

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FFR hosted the inquiry held by UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson, QC, who launched a formal investigation into the civilian impact of the use of US drones and other forms of targeted killing, focusing on the applicable legal framework, and a critical examination of the factual evidence concerning civilian casualties. Confident that this important step would lead to firm recommendations being made to the UN General Assembly concerning the duty of States to conduct effective independent and impartial investigations into the lawfulness and proportionality of such attacks in Pakistan, FFR presented a delegation of civilian victims of US drone attacks in Waziristan to the Special Rapporteur in Islamabad from 11th March to 13th March 2013. The stories and facts of the deaths and injuries caused by the US drone strikes in Waziristan were presented to the Special Rapporteur in detail along with evidence of the damage caused by these attacks and briefs of FFR initiated litigation in domestic courts of Pakistan.

FFR’s efforts culminated in the Special Rapporteur releasing a statement highlighting that the US drone strikes in Pakistan were a breach of the sovereignty of Pakistan. FFR also organized a meeting of the Special Rapporteur with a retired judge, Justice Shah Jahan, to discuss the problems faced by the people in the Pashtun region and the misconceptions about this in the western world.