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Chemical weapons are in the spotlight but other ones harming civilians in Syria too. Particularly intense air attacks with incendiary weapons over the past week. Often mis-reported s white phosphorous, napalm. +Human Rights Watch

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A positive outcome at the UN in Geneva at the end of 2016, a bloody year with 2 more weeks to go. Nations have agreed to formalize their multilateral deliberations over lethal autonomous weapons concerns. The measure means they can now begin to negotiate a new legal instrument, as China proposed this week. India's new disarmament representative Ambassador Amandeep Singh Gill will chair the "Group of Governmental Experts" meetings in 2017.

The group of nations endorsing the call to ban these weapons has expanded to 19 with five Latin American states joining this week. Now to build the growing movement to retain meaningful human control of autonomy in weapons systems.

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Nine House Democrats have called for a ban on fully autonomous weapons ahead of major multilateral meeting next week at +UN Geneva #CCWUN: http://bit.ly/2glJ9J5

Check out this new +Human Rights Watch report making the case for states to legislate to retain human control of weapons systems.

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A look at the humanitarian disarmament dimensions of ground-breaking UNGA resolution approving negotiations of a ban on nuclear weapons next year.

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I was happy to speak at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on challenges posed by fully autonomous weapons https://youtu.be/Er8QQrDdUJk?t=38m35s

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United Nations Security Council members proudly uphold the patriarchy in selecting Antonio Guterres as next secretary general.
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Ban treaty states condemn use of cluster munitions amid reports of daily attacks +Human Rights Watch

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+BuzzFeed's unprecedented #longread by Sarah Topol on the rapid development of autonomous weapons systems and role of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots in the effort to address concerns at the +UN Geneva  #CCWUN  +Human Rights Watch 

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It's time for Australia and other governments to do more than simply "note allegations" that incendiary weapons are harming civilians in Syria.

Thanks +ABC Australia Lateline for the opportunity to discuss these appalling attacks. #CCWUN  +Human Rights Watch 
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