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    Stop Killer Robots Global Meeting Showcases Campaign’s Strength

    The Stop Killer Robots campaign’s recent global meeting in San José, Costa Rica, highlighted the campaign’s vision for a new international legal instrument on autonomous weapons systems, what it will take to get there, and how the campaign has progressed to reach this point. The Digital Dehumanization Conference, the campaign’s first global meeting since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, convened campaigners from around the world from February 20-22.

  • Syrian Voices from the 2023 Earthquake: Emergency Responses and Long-Term Impact

    On February 28, 2023, the International Human Rights Clinic hosted a panel discussion on the impact of and emergency response to the recent earthquakes in northwest Syria. For more than a decade, armed conflict has devastated the civilian populations in the region. The February earthquakes have exacerbated the situation, retraumatizing and displacing some of Syria’s most vulnerable communities. Despite the…

  • Costa Rican Ambassador to the United Nations Maritza Chan and Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Christian Guillermet-Fernandez present newly adopted Belén Communiqué. Credit: Latin American and the Caribbean Conference on the Social and Humanitarian Impact of Autonomous Weapons, 2023.

    Latin America and Caribbean Nations Rally Against Autonomous Weapons Systems

    This article was first published on Just Security. The push to prohibit and regulate autonomous weapons systems made significant progress last month when nearly every country in Latin America and the Caribbean endorsed a new communiqué calling for the “urgent negotiation” of a binding international treaty.

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    New US Policy on Autonomous Weapons Flawed

    A new United States Department of Defense directive concerning development of autonomous weapons systems is an inadequate response to the threats posed by removing human control from the use of force, the International Human Rights Clinic and Human Rights Watch said in a report issued this week. Instead of creating adequate controls on the development of these weapons, the directive…