Last updated on: 4/11/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Amnesty International Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad?"
Reasoning:

“Most of this uncertainty [about US drone attacks] arises from the US authorities’ deliberate policy of refusing to disclose information or even acknowledge responsibility for particular attacks.

What is certain from Amnesty International’s research, however, is that the cases in this report raise serious concerns that the USA has unlawfully killed people in drone strikes, and that such killings may amount in some cases to extrajudicial executions or war crimes and other violations of international humanitarian law. Like other forces operating in the Tribal Areas, the USA appears to be exploiting the lawless and remote nature of the region to evade accountability for its violations…

US policy and practice on targeted killings and drones are not only of concern in their own right: they also set a dangerous precedent that other states may seek to exploit to avoid responsibility for their own unlawful killings. If unchecked there is a real risk that the continued use of drones by the USA and an increasing number of other states will further corrode the foundations of the international framework for the protection of human rights.”

“‘Will I Be Next?’ US Drone Strikes in Pakistan,” amnesty.org, Oct. 2013

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“With more than 3 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries, and complete independence from government, corporate or ideological interests, we work to protect human rights worldwide. Our global headquarters is based in London, and we have established organizations in 68 countries. Amnesty International USA is the largest country section of the organization with nearly 250,000 members, who work for human rights independently, through national online networks, or with high school, college or community groups.

Amnesty International is funded by dedicated individual supporters and foundations to safeguard our objectivity and ensure that our research is not funded by governments and corporations.”

“Who We Are,” amnesty.org (accessed Apr. 11, 2014)

Mission:

“Our vision is of a world in which every person – regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity – enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and other internationally recognized human rights standards. The UDHR states that the ‘the recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights’ of all people is ‘the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.'”

“Our Mission,” amnesty.org (accessed Apr. 11, 2014)

Other:
501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
Contact Info:
Phone
212-807-8400
Email
aimember@aiusa.org
Website
amnestyusa.org
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad?