Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas have become the biggest target for US drone strikes. Last week, in highly publicised reports, both Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch questioned the legality of US drone strikes and denounced the large number of civilian casualties in Pakistan and Yemen. But the US government rejected their findings.
In recent reports, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch slammed the US government’s policy on drones. Both human rights groups questioned the legality of drone strikes that have killed many civilians, including children. They also said the number of casualties was underestimated. To discuss these claims, Jessica Le Masurier speaks to the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism, Ben Emmerson.
Kenya’s attorney-general Githu Muigai provides some key details into the Westgate mall attack: there were no more than 5 gunmen, all of whom were killed, a dozen accomplices are under arrest and the plot was likely hatched at a refugee camp. He also promises that a commission of inquiry will soon be set up to look into all aspects of the case, after Kenyan security forces were caught on CCTV apparently looting the mall during the attack.
The diary of Polina Zherebtsova, a teenage girl living in wartime Grozny, was published two years ago in Russia. An account of the second Chechen war, it stirred controversy in the country and Zherebtsova ended up fleeing to Finland after receiving death threats. She was granted asylum by Helsinki and still lives there, where she endures the life-long effects on her health of years of malnutrition. She speaks to France 24’s Marc Perelman.