Iraq/US-Led Coalition: Weapons Choice Endangers Mosul Civilians

June 8, 2017  Comments are off

Warring Parties Should Minimize Harm to Civilians (Beirut, June 8, 2017) – The expected battle involving Iraqi and US-led coalition forces against the Islamic State (ISIS) in west Mosul’s Old City poses a considerable threat to civilians and civilian objects, international humanitarian and human rights organizations said today. All warring parties should cease using explosive weapons with wide area effects and inherently indiscriminate weapons in densely populated west Mosul. ISIS’s unlawful use of civilians as... 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

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Weapons Review

New technologies of killing

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On Nagasaki day, states urged to prepare to sign treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons

August 9, 2017  Comments are off

Seventy two years ago in 1945, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan inflicted unimaginable suffering and catastrophic damage in those cities, resulting the death of an estimated 214,000 people before the end of the year. Many hibakusha – survivors of the atomic bombs – have since worked tirelessly with the message that nuclear weapons must never be used again, and that these weapons of mass destruction must be eliminated. Just over a month... Read more

Explosive Weapons

Cause of devastating harm to civilians

71 items

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

77 items

Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

66 items

Weapons Review

New technologies of killing

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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

71 items

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

77 items

Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

66 items

Weapons Review

New technologies of killing

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Science, technology and weaponisation

August 10, 2017  Comments are off

Innovations and developments in diverse areas of science and technology, from neurotechnology to new materials, and from information technologies to nanotechnologies, have the potential for significant and diverse impacts on human society, which bring both benefits and risks.

Explosive Weapons

Cause of devastating harm to civilians

71 items

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

77 items

Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

66 items

Weapons Review

New technologies of killing

22 items
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