The White House has strongly defended its drone policy in several countries, rejecting violations reported by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday, “To the extent these reports claim that the US has acted contrary to international law, we would strongly disagree”.
He added, “The administration has repeatedly emphasized the extraordinary care that we take to make sure counterterrorism actions are in accordance with all applicable law”.
On Tuesday, a report by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said US officials could be found guilty of war crimes for the secret CIA drone attacks which have killed hundreds of civilians in countries like Yemen and Pakistan.
Amnesty International has detailed how civilians have been killed in drone strikes in Pakistan, highlighting the case of a grandmother who was killed as she was picking vegetables. Family members of the 68-year-old woman were injured in a second attack as they were trying to tend her.
The report has also detailed the strikes in Yemen, arguing that the United States has broken international human rights law in the country.
The White House said it was “reviewing these reports carefully.”