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Mary Wareham
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Headlines have called this a “killer robot” but it is not the type of autonomous weapon that our global coalition of non-governmental organizations have been campaigning against since 2013.
- Statement by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots on the Dallas police use of explosives delivered by remote-controlled robot.
The use of a remotely-controlled bomb disposal robot in Dallas, Texas on July 7 to deliver an explosive that detonated, killing a man suspected of shooting more than a dozen people, has attracted media attention and public scrutiny across the United States and around the world.
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Killer robots came up at the Human Rights Council this week when two UN representative presented their report, which includes a call to ban fully autonomous weapons.

Previously, UN special rapporteur Christof Heyns recommended a moratorium until international standards can be established. The new stance supports a permanent solution
Today at the Human Rights Council in Geneva two high-ranking UN experts issued a new report that includes a call to ban fully autonomous weapons. Previous UN reports issued in 2013 and 2014 called for a moratorium on these weapons, which would function autonomously without human control or ...
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Bob Plain takes a second look at Textron, one of four remaining private cluster munition producers worldwide. Most of the remaining manufacturing is done by state-owned entities. 
Rhode Island-based Textron is one of four private-companies on earth, and the last North American producer, to manufacture what is quickly becoming one of the world's most controversial weapons of war: cluster bombs. “The cluster munition industry is gone because many nations have banned the ...
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At Davos experts converge on autonomous weapons concerns and call for swifter, stronger action. 
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Time for the United States to stop using Korea as an excuse for completing the ban landmines. +Human Rights Watch looks at progress under the Mine Ban Treaty by Mozambique, Finland, Poland, and other countries
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Hoping the significant number of states raising autonomous weapons concerns at the UN this month means they're ready to step-up the work on this next year with exp[anded, more substantive deliberations aimed at achieving an outcome.
More states have raised autonomous weapons concerns at the UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security this year than in the past two years, according to a Campaign to Stop Killer Robots review of statements made at the 2015 session, which concludes on 9 ...
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This is not a cluster bomb but rather an incendiary weapon. Different fill, different international law.
Читать пост на русском. In November 2015, our team reported RBK-500 ZAB-2,5SM cluster bombs being used by Russian Air Force in Syria. We found incendiary bomblets in a photo in a Syrian rebel-controlled town of Maaret-al-Nouman's Facebook group, as well as footage and photos of an incendiary ...
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At 17 years the treaty I helped create is nearly a grown-up. But it's still waiting for a U.S. president who can overcome the Pentagon's geographic exception to the ban on landmine use.
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Disturbing daily attacks with cluster munitions in Syria as the government intensifies its offensive against opposition areas with Russian air support 
(Beirut) – The Syrian-Russian joint military operation in Syria has included the use of internationally banned cluster munitions in at least 14 attacks across five governorates since January 26, 2016. The attacks killed at least 37 civilians, including six women and nine children, and wounded dozens.
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For the +Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, 2015 was the year the artificial intelligence community threw its considerable weight behind the call to peemptively ban autonomous weapons systems +Daniel Suarez +Elon Musk 
For the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, the highlight of 2015 was the second meeting on lethal autonomous weapons systems held at the United Nations in Geneva in April. Representatives from more than 90 countries as well as UN agencies, the International Committee of the Red Cross, ...
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I facilitated a Campaign to Stop Killer Robots briefing after the UK's disarmament representative got our campaigners--including me the global coordinator, not chairman--kicked out of an informal session on Friday, November 13. Ambassador Matthew Rowland subsequently told us that for the UK this unfortunate incident does not set a precedent for such meetings at the Convention on Conventional Weapons, which NGOs have attended since 1995.

In recent weeks, the humanitarian disarmament community has also seen Rowland on behalf of the UK attempt to exclude non-governmental organizations from attending informal meetings on nuclear weapons and arms transfers. 

The United Kingdom needs to realize that shutting out civil society is a losing strategy. You can't roll-back 20 years of access. Any successful outcome requires our presence and involvement. And when you boot us out we inevitably turn to social media to identify the perpetrator, explain the significance of what happened, and talk about how it diminishes our view of the disarmament diplomacy at the UN and Convention on Conventional Weapons.

+Human Rights Watch +Foreign & Commonwealth Office  +UN Geneva 
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New Zealand experts express support for autonomous weapons ban, but what about the government? 
Peace Movement Aotearoa, co-founder and coordinator of the Aotearoa New Zealand Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, convened a forum in Wellington this week to consider, among other issues, the challenges posed by fully autonomous weapons and call for a preemptive ban. In recent weeks several New ...
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New Zealand experts weigh in | Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
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Peace Movement Aotearoa, co-founder and coordinator of the Aotearoa New Zealand Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, convened a forum in Wellingt

Artificial intelligence experts call for ban | Campaign to Stop Killer R...
www.stopkillerrobots.org

More than 1000 artificial intelligence researchers, scientists, and related professionals have signed an open letter issued in Buenos Aires

U.S. on Human Rights and the Moral Implications of Lethal Autonomous Wea...
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The United States is committed to ensuring the utmost respect for and adherence to human rights when it comes to the development, use, or ex

Second multilateral meeting opens | Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
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A second round of multilateral talks on concerns over weapons systems that would select and attack targets without further human interventio

UN’s Angela Kane on killer robots | Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
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The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots acknowledges the contributions made by Ms. Angela Kane of Germany, United Nations (UN) High Representativ

2015 CCW meeting on killer robots | Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
www.stopkillerrobots.org

The second multilateral meeting on “lethal autonomous weapons systems” by members of the 1980 Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) will

Missile Systems and Human Control | Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
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An article that appeared on the front page of The New York Times on 12 November detailing the trend towards autonomous warfare by the United

Talks on Killer Robots to Continue | Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
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The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots welcomes the decision taken by nations at the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) at the United Nati

Decision time: More talks in 2015? | Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
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Government delegates attending next week's annual meeting of the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) at the United Nations in Geneva wi

Support at the United Nations in New York | Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
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Today (October 28), Campaign to Stop Killer Robots coordinator Mary Wareham of Human Rights Watch delivered a statement to the United Nation

New Zealand election: John Key leads National to overwhelming victory
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Prime minister John Key has led his National party to a likely historic single-party majority with the bulk of votes countedFollow Saturday’

So What Exactly Is a 'Killer Robot'?
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Why so many groups are against them, but haven't agreed on what they are

Kitchener robotics company backs campaign against killer robots
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Clearpath Robotics may be the first company to endorse an international coalition opposed to the development of killer robots.

Congressional briefing on killer robots | Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
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On Tuesday, 15 July, Representative Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) convened a “special briefing on killer robots” to discuss issues surrounding the

UN disarmament chief weighs in | Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
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United Nations disarmament chief Angela Kane stated this week (2 July) that “there is a widespread view” that weapons systems that have the

Nations confront killer robots challenge | Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
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At the first multilateral meeting ever held on killer robots, nations have recognized the need to confront the challenge of fully autonomous

Science fiction may become reality with 'killer robots' - ucanews.com
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Science fiction may become reality with 'killer robots'. Concerns grow over weapons that can select targets and kill for themselves