Killer Robots Campaign and the UN Human Rights Council

Press Release – Peace Movement Aotearoa

The Aotearoa New Zealand Campaign to Stop Killer Robots has today sent a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding the forthcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council, which will consider the Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, …Update: Killer Robots Campaign and the UN Human Rights Council

23 May 2013

The Aotearoa New Zealand Campaign to Stop Killer Robots has today sent a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding the forthcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council, which will consider the Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions on lethal autonomous robotics, Professor Christof Heyns, next week.

The letter – calling on the government to consider and publicly elaborate on its policy on fully autonomous weapons, particularly with respect to ethical, legal, policy, technical, and other concerns that have been raised in the UN Special Rapporteur’s Report and to endorse its four recommendations – is available at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/robots.htm together with the link to the Report of the UN Special Rapporteur, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=520858074628233&l=e1b4fd4d97

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is an international coalition of civil society groups is working pre-emptively to ban lethal autonomous robot weapons (‘killer robots’) that would have the ability to select and attack targets without any human intervention.

The Aotearoa New Zealand Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is supported by: the Human Rights Foundation, Pax Christi, Peace Movement Aotearoa, Quaker Peace and Service, The Peace Place, and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Aotearoa section. If your organisation would like to be added to the list of supporters, please contact Peace Movement Aotearoa pma@xtra.co.nz with ‘Killer Robot Campaign support’ in the subject line of your message, thank you.

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