USA: Words, war, and the rule of law: President Obama revisits counter-terrorism policy, but human rights still missing from legal framework

Index Number: AMR 51/032/2013

In a recent speech, President Obama revisited his administration’s framework for US counter-terrorism strategy four years after a similar address he gave early in his first term. While there were encouraging signs, the continuing absence of international human rights law from this framework remains a cause for concern. Amnesty International has long called for the USA to jettison its flawed “global war” framework. In this document, the organization expresses concern about the USA’s “targeted killing” policy, particularly in relation to secrecy, accountability and legal consequences.

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