Areas of harm: Understanding explosive weapons with wide area effects

October 3, 2016  Comments are off

In conflicts all over the world – in countries such as Syria, Ukraine and Yemen – the use of explosive weapons like mortars and rockets in populated areas is a major cause of humanitarian harm and civilians casualties. Against the background of international recognition of the humanitarian problems caused by the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, this new report by PAX and Article 36 analyses how certain explosive weapons create wide area effects. The... Read more

Explosive Weapons

Cause of devastating harm to civilians

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Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

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Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

66 items

Weapons Review

New technologies of killing

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ICAN protest in Geneva

Historic negotiations to ban nuclear weapons starting in March

February 17, 2017  Comments are off

This spring at the UN in New York, states will start negotiations on a new treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons due to their catastrophic humanitarian consequences. These impacts render nuclear weapons fundamentally unacceptable and illegitimate in any hands – a fact that must be codified in international law, under whose treaties nuclear weapons are currently not comprehensively prohibited. Concern has grown over the past several years amongst states, international organisations and civil society about the unacceptable... Read more

Explosive Weapons

Cause of devastating harm to civilians

69 items

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

69 items

Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

66 items

Weapons Review

New technologies of killing

21 items

UK government: Defining ‘human control’ essential at killer robots talks in 2017

January 12, 2017  Comments are off

The UK government has acknowledged that “an essential first step” for the formal international talks on killer robots in 2017 will be “to establish working definitions of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems [LAWS] and ‘human control’”. This emphasis on the need for states to agree on what ‘human control’ should be taken to mean in the context of the debate on autonomy in weapons systems represents a positive development in UK policy. Previously, the UK has emphasised that human control will be maintained in its... Read more

Explosive Weapons

Cause of devastating harm to civilians

69 items

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

69 items

Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

66 items

Weapons Review

New technologies of killing

21 items

Article 36 reviews and addressing Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

April 8, 2016  Comments are off

For the CCW’s latest informal meeting of experts on LAWS, this briefing paper looks at national level legal reviews of new weapons, means and methods of warfare under the framework of article 36 of Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions, in the context of international discussions on autonomous weapons systems. A number of states have suggested that action around national legal reviews could constitute a basis for addressing the serious concerns that LAWS raise,... Read more

Explosive Weapons

Cause of devastating harm to civilians

69 items

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

69 items

Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

66 items

Weapons Review

New technologies of killing

21 items
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