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Targeted Killing

The U.S. government should square the drone program with respect for human rights.

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November 25, 2014
Washington, D.C.– As President Obama chooses a nominee to replace outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Human Rights First urges him to select a candidate who can oversee the completion of...
September 23, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First today urged President Obama to use his appearances at the United Nations to call for a global response to extremism and terrorism that recognizes human...
June 23, 2014
Washington, DC – Human Rights First today noted that the redacted 2010 Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) memo detailing the rationale behind the targeted killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American...
May 28, 2014
Washington, D.C. – President Obama’s West Point commencement address detailed a vision of American leadership that is not only consistent with our nation’s values and ideals, but also recognizes that...
May 20, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First welcomes  today’s announcement by the Obama Administration that it will comply with a federal appeals court ruling and publicly release the legal...
April 22, 2014
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First praises yesterday’s decision by a federal appeals court to release portions of the Justice Department memo that provided the legal justification that underpinned...
April 18, 2014
Human Rights First's Gabor Rona spoke at a Harvard Law School Constitution Society luncheon about targeted killing.  Prepared Remarks: TARGETED KILLINGS AND INTERNATIONAL LAW In...

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Resources

Testimony | May 20, 2014
Before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations May 21, 2014 Download SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS Human Rights First welcomes the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s attention to the...
Factsheet | May 06, 2014
MYTH:  A widely dispersed and decentralized al Qaeda is more threatening to the United States now than it was after 9/11. FACT:   The nature of the threat presented by al Qaeda and...
Factsheet | May 06, 2014
What is an Authorization for the Use of Military Force? An Authorization for the Use of Military Force (“AUMF”) is the primary vehicle by which Congress has, in recent history, authorized the...
Letter | December 02, 2013
Human Rights First and a coalition of eight additional national organizations are pressing President Obama to provide more information about the U.S. drone war, particularly outside of Afghanistan....