HRW urges US to halt ‘killer robots’

Representatives of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots at the launch of the global civil society coalition in London on April 23, 2013. © 2013 Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

Representatives of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots at the launch of the global civil society coalition in London on April 23, 2013. © 2013 Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

NEW YORK: A United Nations call to halt “killer robots” (which includes drone) should be endorsed by the United States, the New York based Human Rights Watch has said.

These weapons, once activated, could select and engage targets without further intervention by a human, the HRW noted.

“The UN report makes it abundantly clear that we need to put the brakes on fully autonomous weapons, or civilians will pay the price in the future,”

said Steve Goose arms director at Human Rights Watch. “The US and every other country should endorse and carry out the UN call to stop any plans for killer robots in their tracks”.

Prof Christof Heyns, the UN special rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, has prepared a 22-page report on lethal autonomous robotic weapons to be delivered to the second session of the Human Righ Council in Canada.

The council will then consider how to act on the report’s recommendations, including its call on nations to institute an immediate moratorium on these weapons and work for an international agreement that addresses the many concerns identified in the report

Source: AP

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