Giving machines the power to decide who lives and dies on the battlefield is an unacceptable application of technology. Human control of any combat robot is essential to ensuring both humanitarian protection and effective legal control. The campaign seeks to prohibit taking a human out-of-the-loop with respect to targeting and attack decisions.
A comprehensive, pre-emptive prohibition on the development, production and use of fully autonomous weapons–weapons that operate on their own without human intervention–is urgently needed. This could be achieved through an international treaty, as well as through national laws and other measures.
The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots urge all countries to consider and publicly elaborate their policy on fully autonomous weapons, particularly with respect to the ethical, legal, policy, technical, and other concerns that have been raised.
We support any action to urgently address fully autonomous weapons in any forum, including the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW), which held a meeting in May 2014 to discuss questions relating to lethal autonomous weapons systems.
The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots calls on all countries to implement the recommendations of the 2013 report on on lethal autonomous robots by UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Professor Chrisof Heyns, which call on all states to:
- Place a national moratorium on lethal autonomous robots. (Paragraph 118)
- Declare – unilaterally and through multilateral fora – a commitment to abide by International Humanitarian Law and international human rights law in all activities surrounding robot weapons and put in place and implement rigorous processes to ensure compliance at all stages of development. (Paragraph 119)
- Commit to being as transparent as possible about internal weapons review processes, including metrics used to test robot systems. States should at a minimum provide the international community with transparency regarding the processes they follow (if not the substantive outcomes) and commit to making the reviews as robust as possible. (Paragraph 120)
- Participate in international debate and trans-governmental dialogue on the issue of lethal autonomous robots and be prepared to exchange best practices with other States, and collaborate with the High Level Panel on lethal autonomous robotics. (Paragraph 121)
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