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NEW YORK – In response to President Obama’s public acknowledgment of the killing of one American and one Italian hostage in a CIA drone strike, Naureen Shah, director of Amnesty International USA’s Security and Human Rights program, issued the following statement:

“Today’s demonstration of transparency is a welcome step, but apology and redress should be available for all civilians killed in U.S. drone strikes, not just U.S. citizens and Europeans. The U.S. government could be just as transparent about the hundreds of other drone strikes it has conducted in Pakistan and Yemen.”