Lack of transparency in use of armed drones creates concern: UN official

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Flavia Pansieri. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Attacks using armed drones are carried out under circumstances that don't allow for transparency to deliver justice to victims.

That's what the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Flavia Pansieri told a panel discussion on armed drones held in Geneva on Monday.

She noted that drones started appearing some 15 years ago.

However, she added the technology has had what she called "a very remarkable" development and is now being used more in military and counter terrorism operations.

Ms Pansieri said it's important that policies on the use of armed drones be spelled out more clearly, including the legal basis that would legitimize specific attacks.

"The lack of transparency concerning circumstances in which armed drones are used as well as involvement of intelligence agencies in their use create obstacles in determining the applicable legal framework and ensuring compliance. It also hampers the delivery of justice and redress for victims and is a barrier to preventing violations from occurring in the first place."

Ms Pansieri pointed out that there are an increasing number of states and non-state actors seeking to acquire armed drone technology.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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