Disarmament as a means to build peace

June 19, 2018  Comments are off

On 14 June, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights convened an intersessional workshop on the right to peace, mandated by the Human Rights Council (A/HRC/RES/35/4) to discuss the implementation of the Declaration on the Right to Peace adopted by the UN General Assembly on 19 December 2016 (A/RES/71/189, annex). Following an inspiring opening statement by Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, the first panel of the workshop focused on ‘means... Read more

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

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Explosive Weapons

Cause of devastating harm to civilians

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Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

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New technologies

Science, technology and weaponisation

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Picture: IOM / DFID https://www.flickr.com/photos/dfid/31171990672/

Policy paper: Fleeing the bombs: Approaching explosive weapons in the policy framework of ...

November 15, 2017  Comments are off

The use of explosive weapons in populated areas has been identified as a key driver of population displacement. Limiting the use of explosive weapons in populated areas is essential to providing greater protection to civilians experiencing armed conflict and curbing the displacement of people. It is also a useful policy concept for organisations working to prevent protracted displacement caused by conflict. Faced with an escalation in the number of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs)... Read more

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

86 items

Explosive Weapons

Cause of devastating harm to civilians

75 items

Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

74 items

New technologies

Science, technology and weaponisation

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Photo: Eric Huybrechts https://www.flickr.com/photos/15979685@N08/15610785779/

Lords AI committee: UK definitions of autonomous weapons hinder international agreement

April 17, 2018  Comments are off

In the results of an enquiry published this week, the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence challenged the UK’s futuristic definitions of autonomous weapons systems as “clearly out of step” with those of the rest of the world, and demanded that the UK’s position be changed to align with these within 8 months. This could represent a significant step towards enabling more constructive participation from the government in international discussions on these systems.... Read more

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

86 items

Explosive Weapons

Cause of devastating harm to civilians

75 items

Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

74 items

New technologies

Science, technology and weaponisation

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Photo credit: Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (https://flic.kr/p/6KhCM4)

New publications: Science, technology and weaponisation

November 26, 2017  Comments are off

New publications by Article 36 examine the ways in which developments in certain weapon technologies can present particular legal and policy concerns. In a series of papers released on 20 November, Article 36 sets out why consideration of developments in science and technology is important in the context of multilateral legal and policy discussions on weapons, methods and means of warfare, and suggests the need for a framework that can help to ensure that legal... Read more

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

86 items

Explosive Weapons

Cause of devastating harm to civilians

75 items

Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

74 items

New technologies

Science, technology and weaponisation

27 items
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