The Campaign To Stop Killer Robots

Our Mission

Over the past decade, the expanded use of unmanned armed vehicles has dramatically changed warfare, bringing new humanitarian and legal challenges. Now rapid advances in technology are resulting in efforts to develop fully autonomous weapons. These robotic weapons would be able to choose and fire upon targets on their own, without any meaningful human control. This capability would pose a fundamental challenge to the protection of civilians and to compliance with international human rights and humanitarian law.

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.
Agreement is needed now to establish controls on these weapons before investments, technological momentum, and new military doctrine make it difficult to change course.

A pre-emptive prohibition on the development, production, and use of fully autonomous weapons—weapons systems that would select and engage targets on the basis of sensor inputs, not by humans—is urgently needed. This could be achieved through an international treaty banning such weapons, as well as through national laws and other measures.


Take Action

Civil society has come together to establish the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, an global coalition of non-governmental organisations and academic partners that is working to secure a ban on fully autonomous

weapons, in order to retain meaningful human control over the use of force. All interested NGOs are encouraged to endorse this call for a ban on killer robots and join the global coalition.


How to Join

Any non-governmental organisation is eligible to join the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. There is no joining fee or annual

membership fee, although contributions of funding, time, and expertise are welcome. Applicants are requested to:

Endorse the call to ban fully autonomous weapons and retain meaningful human control over the use of force;

Agree to follow the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots Membership Agreement and Code of Conduct;

For more information, please see the governance section of the Campaign’s website. Please do not hesitate to contact the Campaign Coordinator Mary Wareham at Human Rights Watch, wareham@hrw.org; the Campaign Outreach Manager Isabelle Jones at isabelle@stopkillerrobots.org; or any member of the campaign’s

Steering Committee: Amnesty International, Article 36, Association for Aid and Relief Japan, Human Rights Watch, International Committee for Robot Arms Control, Mines Action Canada, Nobel Women’s Initiative, PAX, Pugwash Conferences on Science & World Affairs, SEHLAC, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

Membership Policies