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Extrajudicial killings, or targeted killings as it is sometimes called, is the “deliberate, specific targeting and killing, by a government or its agents, of a supposed terrorist or of a supposed ‘unlawful combatant’ (i.e., one taking a direct part in hostilities in the context of an armed conflict) who is not in that government's custody” (“Targeted Killing”, Wikipedia). For years, targeted killings have been an integral part of modern warfare and in recent times has also integrated itself into the everyday law enforcement. An example of the former would be USA’s constant use of this as a central component of its counter-terrorism operations, and a perfect example of the latter would be its utilization by Bangladesh’s elite anti-crime…show more content…
It is a right that is imbued into ourselves from the very moment that we begin to exist, and ends with our dying breath. Enforcers have always had the most dangerous of jobs, living under the constant threat of their lives being at stake. When one such enforcer faces a situation such as the one stated s/he is allowed by the laws of all established governments to protect himself/herself from imminent danger, and take the life of the suspect if necessary. Of course, the act of self-defense can only be condoned if the enforcer in question has ensured that “the perceived attacker poses a clear and imminent danger to one’s vital interests and that the attacker bears responsibility for this danger” (Statman 04). The victim (which in this case, is the enforcer) must also verify that the attacker is, beyond a shadow of doubt, responsible for the crime for which s/he has been accused. Until and unless these conditions have been fulfilled, self-defense cannot be accepted as an argument for the extra-judicial killing. However, if that is not the case, the enforcer is allowed to do whatsoever necessary to protect himself/herself. Furthermore, a nation’s government may choose to eliminate individuals or organizations which pose a threat to the nation itself – i.e. an act of “self-defense” from the nation’s part. The UN Charter explicitly states
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