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Shaking the Foundations: The Human Rights Implications of Killer Robots

Human Rights Watch/International Human Rights Clinic, May 2014


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Resource IDhrwihrc20141
Resource titleShaking the Foundations: The Human Rights Implications of Killer Robots
Author/sourceHuman Rights Watch/International Human Rights Clinic
Date publishedMay 2014
Summary text/ abstractThe role of fully autonomous weapons in armed conflict and questions about their ability to comply with international humanitarian law have generated heated debate, but the weapons' likely use beyond the battlefield has been largely ignored. These weapons could easily be adapted for use in law enforcement operations, which would trigger international human rights law. This body of law generally has even more stringent rules than international humanitarian law, which is applicable only in situations of armed conflict. Because human rights law applies during peace and war, it would be relevant to all circumstances in which fully autonomous weapons might be used. This report examines the weapons' human rights implications in order to ensure a comprehensive assessment of the benefits and dangers of fully autonomous weapons. The report finds that fully autonomous weapons threaten to violate the foundational rights to life and a remedy and to undermine the underlying principle of human dignity.
Library categoriesAnarchism & Action, Croughtonwatch, Cyberwar, Politics, Technology
Added to Free Range Library03/09/2014
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