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Why was grandmother Mamana Bibi killed by a US drone in Pakistan?
The simple answer is that we do not know. On 24th October 2012, 67-year-old Mamana Bibi was killed in a drone strike that appears to have been aimed directly at her.
Mamana Bibi, who was picking
vegetables in her family’s fields while her grandchildren played nearby, was
blasted into pieces before the children’s eyes. Her grandchildren Asma,
Nabeela, Safdar, Zubair, Naeema, Samad and Rehman Saeed and his friend
Shahidullah were badly injured in the attack.
Nearly a year later, Mamana Bibi’s family has yet to receive even any acknowledgment that it was the US that killed her, let alone justice or compensation from the US government for her death.
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The Obama administration claims its use of drones is "legal", "ethical", and "wise". But Amnesty International is gravely concerned that the USA is killing people outside the bounds of international law.
Under international law, the USA cannot arbitrarily deprive an individual of his or her life. The burden is on the US government to show that the killing of Mamana Bibi – and any others – was lawful. The USA must end the near total secrecy around its drone programme and come clean about the legal rationale and facts around strikes.
President Obama must explain why and on what legal basis Mamana Bibi and others were killed. We cannot bring back Mamana Bibi to her grandchildren, but we can hold the US government to account.
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