UN Human rights experts want facts on Osama bin Laden killing

United Nations Human rights investigators are calling for full disclosure of facts surrounding the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

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Christof Heyns, U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, and Martin Scheinin, special rapporteur on protecting human rights while countering terrorism, said they were keen to assess if the use of deadly force against Bin Laden was in keeping with international human rights law standards.

They said it will be important to know if the planning of the mission allowed an effort to capture Bin Laden.

Prof. Heyns said although the use of deadly force may be permissible in order to protect life, terrorists should be dealt with as criminals through legal process of arrests, trial and conviction.

“There are a number of precedents where people have been tried after the Second World War, the Nazis, the people responsible in Rwanda and also in Yugoslavia and now in the ICC and my concern is that one could create a precedent here for other countries to also to decide if they are facing catastrophes that they will resolve it using force and not go through the normal legal processes.”

Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the September 11 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York was killed on Sunday by US Special Forces in Pakistan.

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