NGO Statement on Reported Changes to US Policy on Use of Armed Drones and Other Lethal Force

We, the undersigned non-governmental organizations, are deeply concerned about the reported  changes to the United States’ policy on the use of lethal force overseas, including through armed  drones. According to news reports, in October 2017, President Donald Trump authorized  changes to the existing policy related to the use of force in counter-terrorism operations in  locations the U.S. government describes as outside “areas of active hostilities.”1 Several months have passed since those changes were reported, but the Trump administration has yet to release or explain its new lethal force policy.     

The Trump administration’s failure thus far to release and explain the changes it has made to a  previously public policy2 is a

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