Killer Robots: UN Human Rights Council To Raise Ethical Questions

by
Fatimah Mazhar
Killer Robots are fully autonomous weapons or war machines being developed in Israel, the UK and the U.S. The United Nations Human Rights Council among many other things is considering the use of these machines and their ethical implications.

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Killer Robots are fully autonomous weapons or war machines being developed in Israel, the UK and the U.S. The United Nations Human Rights Council among many other things is considering the use of these machines and their ethical implications.

While the supporters say that the robots can help ‘save’ lives in the battlefield by reducing the number of soldiers, there are human rights organizations and activists that say that the so called killer robots are a threat to international stability and can lock on and kill targets without further involvement of human handlers. Sounds terrible, doesn’t it?

Even a worldwide campaign called the Campaign to Stop Killer Robot was launched in April 2013. It is a coalition of renowned NGOs working together to ban these lethal weapons for good.

According to the website of Campaign to Stop Killer, it is comprised of five international NGOs and four national NGOs that work internationally:

  • Human Rights Watch
  • Article 36
  • Association for Aid and Relief Japan
  • International Committee for Robot Arms Control
  • Mines Action Canada
  • Nobel Women’s Initiative
  • IKV Pax Christi
  • Pugwash Conferences on Science & World Affairs
  • Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

In a press conference on May 28, two activists of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robot presented a report to the UN Human Rights Council regarding the moral, legal, ethical and technical concerns of these controversial war machines.

The damage inflicted upon people by drones is in front of the world. It has proven to be the most lethal weapon of mass destruction so far. At least for the civilians who have got killed by its unprovoked strikes in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The effects of the Killer Robots can be far worse than drones.

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