The letter below reiterates concerns about US targeted killing operations, following a letter sent to the President in April, 2013. The nine human rights and civil rights groups, including Center for Civilians in Conflict, call on the administration to be: publicly disclose key targeted killing standards and criteria; ensure that US lethal force operations comply with international law; enable meaningful congressional oversight and judicial review; and effectively investigate, track and respond to allegations of unlawful strikes and civilian harm.

Since then, a number of new developments have reinforced concerns and raised new questions. The groups write to urge a response to these issues.

signed by:

American Civil Liberties Union
Amnesty International
Center for Human Rights & Global Justice, NYU School of Law*
Center for Civilians in Conflict
Center for Constitutional Rights
Global Justice Clinic, NYU School of Law*
Human Rights First
Human Rights Watch
Open Society Foundations

Follow up Letter to the President on Targeted Killings


Notes to editors:

Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)’s mission is to improve protection for civilians caught in conflicts around the world. We call on and advise international organizations, governments, militaries, and armed non-state actors to adopt and implement policies to prevent civilian harm. When civilians are harmed we advocate for the provision of amends and post-harm assistance. We bring the voices of civilians themselves to those making decisions affecting their lives.

For more information, contact Christopher Allbritton at +1 (917) 310-4785 or


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