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Human rights implications of the usage of drones and unmanned robots in warfare

European Union, 03/05/2013

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Resource IDeudrones2013
Resource titleHuman rights implications of the usage of drones and unmanned robots in warfare
Author(s)Policy Department, DG External Policies
Publication/ sourceEuropean Union
Date published03/05/2013
Summary text/ abstractAlthough the legal principles resulting from these normative frameworks are universally recognized, their precise application and interpretation with regard to the use of armed drones and other robotic weapons gives rise to a number of controversies. Some of these controversies relate to the lawfulness of robotic weapons technology as such, whereas others relate to the circumstances and manner in which such technology is being used in current State practice. The resulting uncertainty as to the applicable legal standards, in conjunction with the rapid development and proliferation of drone and robotic technology and the perceived lack of transparency and accountability in current policies, has the potential of polarizing the international community, undermining the rule of law and, ultimately, of destabilizing the international security environment as a whole. This trend opens avenues for EU foreign policy initiatives aiming to promote transparency, accountability and the rule of law in relation to the use of unmanned weapon systems in armed conflict or other situations of violence
Library categoriesAnarchism & Action, Croughtonwatch, Cyberwar, Peace, UK Government
Added to Free Range Library04/09/2014
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