Pakistan Publications

Reports & Briefs

The Civilian Impact of Drones
20 September 2012  |  Research Report

This joint report from the Center for Civilians in Conflict and Columbia Law School's Human Rights Clinic is an in-depth look at the US government’s covert drone program and its impact on civilian populations. Our objective is to critically assess US government procedures and standards for ensuring civilian protection and responding to civilian harm from drone strikes conducted both outside of full-scale military operations and with a degree of secrecy. The study is based on a review of publicly available materials, interviews with current and former government officials, responses to requests for information from agencies, and previous field interviews by Center for Civilians in Conflict.

Civilian Harm and Conflict in Northwest Pakistan
20 October 2010  |  Research Report

Since 2001, the conflict in northwest Pakistan has killed and injured thousands of civilians, displaced millions, and destroyed countless homes and livelihoods. Headlines focus on the horrors of terrorism in Pakistan, but the Center's research shows that civilians suffer greatly from a much broader range of conflict-related violence. Pakistani military operations, particularly artillery shelling and airpower, cause significant civilian losses. Civilians are caught between militants and Pakistani forces, while also suffering the consequences of extrajudicial killings, sectarian violence, explosive remnants of war, and US drone strikes. This report documents civilian losses as a result of this armed conflict, analyzes the humanitarian, security, and strategic consequences of those losses, and examines existing-and needed-efforts by warring parties to make amends to survivors.



Backgrounder: Civilian Harm Tracking  |  August 2013

Testimony & Advocacy

Public Acknowledgement and Investigations of U.S. “Targeted Killings” and Drone Strikes 
13 May 2015  |  Joint Letter to President Obama

After the President Obama's administration publicly acknowledged and apologized for the deaths of two civilians—U.S. citizen Warren Weinstein and Italian citizen Giovanni Lo Porto—in a January 2015 strike in Pakistan, CIVIC urged for the adoption of the same approach to all other U.S. counterterrorism strikes in which civilians have been injured or killed—regardless of their nationalities.

CIVIC Remarks at SOCOM Legal Conference
27 February 2015  |  Speech

Sahr Muhammedally, Senior Program Manager MENA and South Asia at CIVIC, spoke at the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Legal Conference on February 25, 2015.

Constitutional & Counterterrorism Implications of Targeted Killing 2013
01 May 2013  |  Testimony

Written Testimony from Sarah Holewinski submitted to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights

Statement of Shared Concerns Regarding US Drone Strikes and Targeted Killings
12 April 2013  |  Joint Letter to President Obama

This letter urges the administration to take essential steps to: publicly disclose key targeted killing standards and criteria; ensure that U.S. lethal force operations abroad comply with international law; enable meaningful congressional oversight and judicial review; and ensure effective investigations, tracking and response to civilian harm. 



Aid for Drone Victims
28 November 2013  |  New York Times  |  Sarah Holewinski  |  LTE

Five Ways Obama Can Fix Drones Right Now
06 November 2013  |  Defense One  |  Sarah Holewinski and Dr. Larry Lewis

Bring Drones out of the Shadows 
06 February 2013  |  CNN Opinion  |  Sarah Holewinski  |  Opinion

Drones: An Outlier in a Transparent Presidency 
06 January 2013  |  Huffington Post  |  Sarah Holewinski  |  Opinion

As Pentagon reshapes fighting force, civilian casualties need to be considered
07 September 2012  |  The Hill  |  Sarah Holewinski & Dr. Larry Lewis  |  Guest Article

Help for Civilians Harmed in America's Drone Wars
26 April 2013  |  Huffington Post  |  Sahr MuhammedAlly  |  Opinion


Press Releases

What Next for Civilians Living Under Drones  |  01 May 2013 

At CIA, Brennan Should Bring Drones Out of the Shadows  |  07 March 2013 

Civilian Impact of Covert Drone Operations Overlooked  |  30 September 2012 

Civilian Casualties from US Drones in Pakistan  |  02 February 2012

PAKISTAN: Compensation Promised to Civilian Drone Victims  |  28 March 2011 

Civilian Drone Victims Deserve to be Counted and Compensated  |  24 March 2011 



Drones: An Outlier in a Transparent Presidency  |  16 January 2013

Pakistani Politicians Agree: Make Amends to Victims of Conflict  |  04 February 2011

New Report Details War Victims' Urgent Needs in Pakistan  |  13 October 2010

PAKISTAN: Job Wanted: Nine-Year-Old Seeks Full Time Employment to Support Family  |  28 July 2010