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Around the world, calls are mounting for a ban on fully autonomous weapons

António Guterres

Secretary General of the United Nations

Imagine the consequences of an autonomous system that could, by itself, target and attack human beings. I call upon States to ban these weapons, which are politically unacceptable and morally repugnant.

Jody Williams

Nobel Peace Laureate

We reject the notion that killer robots are inevitable. They are only inevitable if those in this room and countless others around the world who oppose lethal weapons without meaningful human control are willing to roll over and allow the not necessarily inevitable to become a deadly and terrifying reality.

Christof Heyns

Former UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

Autonomous weapons systems that require no meaningful human control should be prohibited.

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Nobel Peace
Laureates

Nobel Peace Laureates have endorsed the call to ban killer robots through a 2014 open letter calling for a ban on killer robots and/or signing on to joint declarations issued by the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, most recently in Mérida on 22 September 2019.

“We, the undersigned Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, applaud this new global effort and whole-heartedly embrace its goal of a preemptive ban on fully autonomous weapons that would be able to select and attack targets on their own. It is unconscionable that human beings are expanding research and development of lethal machines that would be able to kill people without human intervention.”

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Faith Leaders

Faith leaders of various denominations have endorsed an interfaith call to action against fully autonomous weapons. The signatures were collected by campaign co-founder PAX (formerly IKV Pax Christi).

“Now, it is time to take a stand against fully autonomous weapons. Therefore, we, as religious leaders, faith groups and faith-based organizations, raise our collective voice to call on all governments to participate in the international debate on the issue, and to work towards a ban on the development, production and use of fully autonomous weapons.”

AI AND ROBOTICS EXPERTS

Scientists around the world are speaking up about the dangers of fully autonomous weapons and the need for a ban. A series of open letters outline their concerns.

“Just as most chemists and biologists have no interest in building chemical or biological weapons, most AI researchers have no interest in building AI weapons — and do not want others to tarnish their field by doing so, potentially creating a major public backlash against AI that curtails its future societal benefits.”

30 countries are calling
for a prohibition on fully autonomous weapons

Algeria

Argentina

Austria

Bolivia

Brazil

Chile

China

Colombia

Costa Rica

Cuba

Djibouti

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

Ghana

Guatemala

Holy See

Iraq

Jordan

Mexico

Morocco

Namibia

Nicaragua

Pakistan

Panama

Peru

State of Palestine

Uganda

Venezuela

Zimbabwe


Parliamentarians and parliamentary bodies around the world are calling for action towards a ban on killer robots

The European Parliament

The parliamentary assembly of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

The Dutch Parliament

The Belgian Parliamentary Defence Committe

61% 
of the public

Oppose the development of weapons systems that would select and attack targets without human intervention.


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A growing coalition

The campaign includes over 130 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), all working to ban fully autonomous weapons.

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