After the publication of the Stanford and New York University report “Living Under Drones” last month, Columbia Law School and the Center for Civilians in Conflict have now released yet another report on the impact of drones on civilian lives.
The report is based on publicly available information, extensive interviews, consultations, and written requests for information. The report provides background information on technical and legal questions, looks at the impact of drones in targeted area, and retraces the U.S. Government’s narrative about drone precision.
The findings of the new report are strikingly similar to the conclusions of “Living Under Drones.” Looking at drone use in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, the report sheds light not only on the immediate impact of the strikes, but also on the long-term consequences of these attacks.
With regard to Yemen, the report finds for instance:
Drone strikes have also hit many homes in Yemen. Strikes have contributed to ongoing violence, which has led to the displacement of over 100,000 people. Displacement impacts every layer of civilian life and threatens the stability of the community.
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