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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States adopt treaty banning nuclear weapons

July 7, 2017  Comments are off

Negotiations of a new international treaty that prohibits nuclear weapons concluded at the United Nations today as the treaty was formally adopted by states. The treaty was adopted by a vote on the morning of the 7th July in New York with 122 states in favour, 1 against and 1 abstention after the delegation of the Netherlands called for a vote on the final text. What is in the treaty? The Treaty on the Prohibition of... Read more

Explosive Weapons

Cause of devastating harm to civilians

71 items

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

76 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

76 items

Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

66 items

Weapons Review

New technologies of killing

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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

71 items

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

76 items

Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

66 items

Weapons Review

New technologies of killing

21 items
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