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Killer Robots: Negotiate Treaty in New Forum

Delaying Needed Law Endangers Civilians, Generates Insecurity.


  • Governments should move the discussions of a treaty on autonomous weapons systems, also known as “killer robots,” away from meetings of an existing weapons treaty, where they are stalled.
  • Such weapons systems operate without meaningful human control, delegating life-and-death decisions to machines. Several countries are investing in the technology to develop them.
  • Governments should initiate negotiations of a new treaty, either outside the UN, like the landmine or cluster munitions treaties, or in the UN General Assembly, like the…forum, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Such weapons systems

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