Dutch Allegedly Complicit in US Drone Strike on Somali Nomads ; More Clarification Needed on Targeting and Planned Acquisition of Dutch Reapers
In 2015 the Dutch human rights law firm Prakken d’Oliveira took legal action against the Dutch government on behalf of two Somali nomads who became victims of a drone attack when they were hit by a US missile in January 2014.
The victims claim that the Dutch government is also responsible given its intelligences services allegedly shared essential metadata that informed the drone strike. Though this case is still ongoing, it underlines the urgent need for the Dutch government to ensure that shared data is not used for unlawful targeting. Additionally, the Dutch are in the process of acquiring 4 MQ-9 Reaper drones, with the possibility of arming them. Jessica Dorsey, EFAD Coordinator, penned an op-ed in the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch) on 9 May 2017, asking for clarification on what the Ministry of Defense wants to use the drones for and what the legal framework is when the drones are deployed.