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One Month After Drones Report, Administration Still Fails To Explain Killings

A month has passed since Amnesty International released its report "Will I Be Next?" US Drone Strikes in Pakistan, but the Obama Administration still has not publicly acknowledged and investigated cases of potentially unlawful drone killings, including that of Mamana Bibi, a grandmother who was struck by a drone's hellfire missiles and killed while collecting vegetables in her family's fields.

Amnesty International has repeatedly called on the Administration to disclose who is being killed and on what basis, and to ensure investigations into all credible reports of unlawful drone killings. It has also called on Congress to launch a full investigation and report any evidence of human rights violations to the public.

Thirty days after the release of Amnesty International's report, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA Steven W. Hawkins issued the following statement:

The Administration wants everyone to take it on trust that they are being transparent and that 'targeted' killings are lawful, but the reality is that people have been killed who were not fighters and were not posing an imminent threat and there's no known government investigation and no official acknowledgment. The spokespeople are referring us back to President Obama's speech, but this secrecy is totally counter to what he pledged six months ago.

Journalists have pushed the White House and the State Department to respond to the detailed evidence of unlawful killings that Amnesty International collected.

Activists mobilized and thousands signed the petition calling for independent and impartial investigations into the killings and for disclosure of who is being killed and why.

Last week, the U.S. State Department said its review of the report had "concluded," but it refused to confirm or deny the killings Amnesty International has documented or provide the civilian casualty numbers it previously said it possessed.

The State Department's reply referenced remarks President Obama made half a year ago at National Defense University. In that May 2013 speech, the president pledged to increase transparency and accountability on drone strikes. Yet with the Administration refusing to officially acknowledge specific cases of possible unlawful killings or unintended deaths, there is little indication this pledge will be kept.

Amnesty International's recommendations to the U.S. government include:

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