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ICAN collects Nobel Peace Prize for treaty banning nuclear weapons

December 10, 2017  Comments are off

This weekend at a ceremony in Oslo, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) – a global coalition of 468 organisations in 101 countries, with hundreds of campaigners – received the Nobel Peace Prize, for our “ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition” on nuclear weapons, and for campaigning to raise awareness of these weapons’ catastrophic consequences. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, agreed this year, builds on previous humanitarian disarmament treaties... Read more

Nuclear Weapons

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Explosive Weapons

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Autonomous weapons

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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

83 items

Explosive Weapons

Cause of devastating harm to civilians

75 items

Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

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New technologies

Science, technology and weaponisation

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Discussion paper: Evaluating ‘meaningful human control’ in weapon review processes

November 13, 2017  Comments are off

This week in Geneva, states are meeting to discuss the issue of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems under the framework of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. In the context of increasing autonomy in weapons systems and the fast pace of technological development, states must urgently draw a line, through new international law, to ensure that meaningful human control is retained in the use of force. This new discussion paper from Article 36 considers how national... Read more

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

83 items

Explosive Weapons

Cause of devastating harm to civilians

75 items

Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

70 items

New technologies

Science, technology and weaponisation

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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

83 items

Explosive Weapons

Cause of devastating harm to civilians

75 items

Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

70 items

New technologies

Science, technology and weaponisation

27 items
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