May 4, 2011

Some media reports have erroneously suggested that Human Rights Watch has condemned the killing of Osama bin Laden. Human Rights Watch has said that we do not have enough information about the killing to draw conclusions about whether it was lawful or not.  Human Rights Watch calls on the US government to provide that information. 

Bin Laden publicly took responsibility for several mass killings of civilians. The inability to bring bin Laden to trial for crimes against humanity means that an important avenue for justice has been lost, but that is quite different from determining whether the killing was legal, Human Rights Watch said. The US government should provide all the relevant facts about Osama bin Laden's death to clarify whether it was justified under international law.

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