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UK rights group in court over Syria drone strikes

July 20, 2017 at 5:29 pm

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British Rights group is taking the UK government to court over its refusal to release the legal justification on killing British citizens in Syria, according to Rights Watch UK.

In 2015, former Prime Minister David Cameron publically announced killing two British citizens Reyaad Khan and Ruhul Amin in a targeted drone strike in Syria.

Rights Watch UK filed a Freedom of Information Act request which was rejected by the UK government, and now seeks to appeal the refusal to attain the legal basis for drone strikes against its own nationals in Syria.

The government has not provided a formal legal justification on its drone programme which currently operates in countries it is not at war with, including Syria. The case before the Upper Tribunal in the UK Courts this week aims to fulfil a public interest action.