United States' Compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

January 7, 2013

The ACLU and Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute (HRI) are urging a United Nations treaty body to question the United States on its targeted killing program. The Human Rights Committee, the body charged with monitoring implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), will review the U.S. compliance report in October 2013. In advance of that review, this March the Committee will formulate a "list of issues" on which to question the United States. In this submission, the ACLU and HRI provide a summary of the human rights implications of the targeted killing program and suggest questions and recommendations for the Committee to issue to the United States.

As our submission details, the targeted killing program violates fundamental human rights including the right to life and right to an effective remedy. The U.S. has failed to disclose crucial details about the program, such as the number of civilians killed, the legal basis for the program, efforts to minimize harm to civilians, and investigations into alleged violations of international law resulting from these operations. The submission requests that the Human Rights Committee ask the U.S. government to provide these details, and recommend specific steps to increase transparency and accountability in the program.

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