May 30, 2013
During the first Human Rights Council debate on lethal autonomous robotics, following the presentation of the report by the UN special rapporteur on extra-judicial killings, 20 nations spoke for the first time on the matter. Pakistan spoke first and called for a ban. Other statements were delivered by Algeria, Austria, Brazil, China, Cuba, Egypt, France, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Morocco, Russia, Sierra Leone, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and US, as well as the European Union, Organization of the Islamic Conference, Latin American network GRULAC, and Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. More than 20 nations attended the campaign’s first-ever side event on May 28. See report.