INEW statement: Civilians in Mosul must be protected from the use of explosive weapons

April 20, 2017  Comments are off

In February, Iraq and its international allies, including the US, commenced a military offensive to take control from ISIS of the western part of the city of Mosul, where hundreds of thousands of people live. The casualty tallies available from monitoring groups, as well as investigations by organisations present in the area, suggest that the use of explosive weapons in populated areas by all parties in this battle has caused considerable numbers of civilian deaths... 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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First week of nuclear ban negotiations over, with humanitarian impact at core of work

April 1, 2017  Comments are off

At the UN in New York this week, the majority of the world’s countries joined together to start negotiating a categorical prohibition of nuclear weapons. One hundred and thirty-two countries participated in the negotiations during this first week, with the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons – which have provided the imperative for this initiative – a key theme and backdrop to the discussions. As well as hearing testimony and interventions from survivors of nuclear... Read more

Explosive Weapons

Cause of devastating harm to civilians

70 items

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

73 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

70 items

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

73 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

70 items

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

73 items

Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

66 items

Weapons Review

New technologies of killing

21 items
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