For Immediate Release
CCR Submits Field Research to Senate by Yemeni and Human Rights Advocates on Civilian Impact of Targeted Killing Operations
First-Hand Stories of Victims Shed Light on Human Cost of Strikes
WASHINGTON - Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), Yemeni human rights organization HOOD and the Swiss-based Alkarama submitted new testimony to a Senate Judiciary Sub-Committee that is holding a hearing this afternoon on the Obama administration’s targeted killing program. The submission provides accounts of a sample of five strikes carried out in Yemen in 2012 and 2013 based on unpublished field research conducted by the HOOD and Alkarama, which included visits to the sites of the strikes and interviews with victims. Some of the strikes examined resulted in the highest civilian casualty tolls in recent years.
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