Stop Killer Robots
The six Nobel Peace Prize Laureates of the Nobel Women’s Initiative are joining international campaigners to call for a ban on autonomous weapons, or “killer robots.”
Automatic weapons are currently being developed with very little transparency. It is likely that these killer robots would be unable to distinguish between combatants and civilians. They would be incapable of showing mercy or recognizing surrender.
Many of the campaigners previously worked with Laureate Jody Williams on a successful international campaign to ban landmines. Williams stated,
“I know we can do the same thing with killer robots. I know we can stop them before they hit the battlefield.”
As campaigners around the world emphasize, this is not science fiction – killer robots are in development and pose a real humanitarian threat.
The “Stop the Killer Robot” campaign will launch in April 2013 in the United Kingdom. It will pressure leaders to commit to an international treaty banning killer robots and raise awareness among civil society.
Take action now, and join the Laureates in opposing killer robots by sending President Obama a letter.
Killer robots must be stopped, say campaigners, The Guardian, 23 February 2013.
Killer Robots: HRW and Nobel Laureate Jody Williams Urge Ban on Modern Warfare’s Next Frontier, DemocracyNOW!, 20 November 2013.
Losing Humanity: The Case against Killer Robots, Human Rights Watch, 19 November 2012.
Tell President Obama to stop the threat of killer robots – send a letter to him from the Human Rights Watch website.