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Security Council considers protection of civilians in armed conflict and stronger peacekeeping mandates

A wide view of the Security Council open debate on protection of civilians in armed conflict. 19 August 2013 New York, United NationsDespite recent strides in strengthening the ability of the United Nations to protect civilians, conflicts around the world were still characterized by a “prevailing disrespect” for the core principles of international humanitarian law, top officials warned the Security Council today. Briefing the Council ahead of a Continue reading

Peacekeeping mission commanders brief Security Council

Wide view of the Security Council meeting on peacekeeping operations. 26 June 2013 New York, Unite NationsMilitary leaders from three United Nations peacekeeping missions in Africa told the Security Council what they need to support the “blue helmets” under their command and help them better assist local authorities and protect the people of the countries in which they serve. The expanded use of new technologies, including unarmed drones, in United Nations peacekeeping Continue reading

UN human rights expert calls for a moratorium on lethal autonomous robots

Christof Heyns, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, briefs journalists on his annual report to the Human Rights Council on lethal autonomous robotics (LARs), and his reports on 2012 visits to Turkey and India. In the former report, the Special Rapporteur calls for a global pause in the development and deployment of LARs, “to ensure that not only life itself but also the value of life and human dignity is protected in the long run.”The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, today called for a global pause in the development and deployment of lethal autonomous robots (LARs), to allow “serious and meaningful international engagement on this issue before we proceed to a world where machines are given the power to kill humans.” Continue reading