The High Court in Britain has been told that the UK intelligence officials could be “encouraging or assisting murder” and the commission of war crimes by providing assistance for then Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) drone strikes in Pakistani tribal areas.
The report confirms the fact that these CIA drone strikes are illegal under international law and constitutes a “war crime.”
War crimes are serious violations of the laws applicable in armed conflict (also known as international humanitarian law) giving rise to individual criminal responsibility.
Examples of such conduct include "murder, the ill-treatment or deportation of civilian residents of an occupied territory to slave labor camps", "the murder or ill-treatment of prisoners of war", the killing of prisoners, "the wanton destruction of cities, towns and villages, and any devastation not justified by military, or civilian necessity.”
Article 22 of The Hague IV ("Laws of War: Laws and Customs of War on Land (Hague IV); October 18, 1907") states that "The right of belligerents to adopt means of injuring the enemy is not unlimited” (source: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/hague04.asp).
“It is believed that the UK intelligence services provide intelligence to support the CIA’s clandestine program of drone strikes, which has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of civilians and has had little impact on targeting militants” (see article: Court told UK spies ‘assisting’ CIA to murder Pakistanis http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-139290-Court-told-UK-spies-assisting-CIA-to-murder-Pakistanis).
'US violates intl. law on Pakistan drone strikes'