Men dig through rubble in a residential compound housing employees of the Mokha Steam Power Plant and their families following an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition that killed at least 65 civilians in Mokha, Yemen on July 24, 2015. (© Ole Solvang/Human Rights Watch)

Banned cluster munitions, UN blacklisting and £1bn of explosive weapon sales

June 8, 2016  Comments are off

Saudi-led bombing in Yemen, and the UK Recent developments and revelations regarding the actions of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen leave the UK government with a number of serious questions to answer about its policies and practice – including regarding its response to evidence of clear harm to civilians living through the conflict in Yemen. In May, Amnesty International released new documentation showing that UK-manufactured BL-755 cluster munitions had been used in Yemen by Saudi... 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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ICAN protest in Geneva

State participation at the UN nuclear talks – who is represented?

May 17, 2016  Comments are off

May’s session of the OEWG ended with strong support from the majority of the countries present for a new international legal instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons. The majority of the world’s countries – 127 nations – have endorsed the Humanitarian Pledge to fill the legal gap with respect to the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons (with a further 22 voting in favour of a General Assembly resolution on the Pledge in 2015). States now... 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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The UK’s Taranis stealth UAV. (Flickr/Qinetiq https://www.flickr.com/photos/qinetiq/4789729740/)

Ensuring meaningful human control, in the face of the weaponisation of robotics and AI

May 24, 2016  Comments are off

The UK parliament is currently holding an inquiry into implications for the UK of advances in robotics and artificial intelligence, including the “social, legal and ethical issues raised by developments in robotics and artificial intelligence technologies, and how they should be addressed.” Article 36 made a submission to this inquiry in April, building on our analysis of UK policy in relation to autonomous weapons systems. The UK’s engagement to date in multilateral discussions on the implications... 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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https://www.flickr.com/photos/stopkillerrobots/17179675316/

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

68 items

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

63 items

Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

62 items

Weapons Review

New technologies of killing

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