Sri Lanka Monday expressed concern at the 27th session of the United Nations Human Right Council in Geneva about the increasing use of remotely controlled armed drones for countering terrorism violating other States' air space and causing civilian casualties.
Addressing the panel discussion on the use of remotely piloted aircraft or armed drones in counterterrorism and military operations, Sri Lanka said it is greatly concerned by the increasing use of remotely piloted aircraft or armed drones in counterterrorism operations, violating the international human rights and humanitarian laws, in particular the principles of precaution, distinction and proportionality.
"We are deeply concerned about the civilian casualties including women and children resulting from the indiscriminate use of remotely piloted aircrafts or armed drones, for combat purposes," Sri Lanka said.
Sri Lanka supported the Council's call to ensure that incidents of killing civilians during the use of such drones are promptly investigated in a transparent and accountable manner and victims are appropriately compensated.
Sri Lanka further pointed out that the possibility of acquiring or development of armed drones by non-state actors or terrorist groups should not be excluded and suggested to draw early attention on the matter and take precautions as it would be a serious threat to international peace.