Amnesty International reports that in July 2012, 18 laborers, including a 14-year-old boy, were killed by multiple strikes as they were about to eat their evening meal. While official claims called the victims “terrorists,” Amnesty found they were not involved in fighting. Amnesty also documented cases of “rescuer attacks” where those rushing to the aid of drone victims are targeted by a second strike. Amnesty’s Pakistan researcher, Mustafa Qadri, said drones have terrified the Pakistani people.
Mustafa Qadri: “At the end of the day, when we researched these cases, we found people were fearful of the U.S. the way they’re fearful of the Taliban. That really is a great tragedy. You know, what’s really important is that we don’t forget human rights when we’re trying to protect our societies. People have told us they’re taking sleeping tablets at night. They don’t know when they’re going to be targeted, if they’ll be targeted, why they’ll be targeted. That really is a shocking situation.”