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Joint Committee on Human Rights
The Government has not published any formulated policy on the use of drones for targeted killing. As a result there is a lack of clarity about the policy; about whether and how the legal frameworks of international humanitarian law, international human rights law and ordinary criminal law apply; and about the relevant legal tests and principles that apply to the use of lethal force in such circumstances.
It is not clear how the relevant decision-makers test the sufficiency of evidence, who checks that the tests are satisfied, and what the framework of accountability is. The uncertainty not only makes accountability difficult, it potentially exposes front line personnel to criminal liability for the unlawful use of lethal force.
Evidence given by Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, Secretary of State for Defence.
Evidence given by Jennifer Gibson, Reprieve, Sir David Omand, Chair, Birmingham Policy Commission, and Professor Thomas Simpson, Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy, University of Oxford.
Joint Committee on Human Rights is disappointed Government has refused to clarify its position