May 2, 2011

The announcement that Osama bin Laden was killed in a US-led undercover operation in Pakistan is a reminder of the devastating human toll that terrorism has brought to every continent of the world, Human Rights Watch said today. In addition to the September 11, 2001 attacks, bin Laden’s al Qaeda organization is blamed for the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya that killed 231 people, as well as many other terrorist plots.

“At a time when citizens around the world have engaged in peaceful demonstrations in the name of freedom and democracy, bin Laden’s death is a reminder of the thousands of innocents who suffer when terrorist groups seek political change through brutal means,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director at Human Rights Watch.