Human rights implications of the usage of drones and unmanned robots in warfare
Brussels : European parliament, 2013
53 p. ; 30 cm
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In recent years, the use of drones and other unmanned robots in warfare and other situations of violence has increased exponentially, and States continue to invest significantly into increasing the operational autonomy of such systems. While most unmanned robots are unarmed and fulfil functions that do not give rise to particular legal concerns, the use of weaponized robots, including armed drones, has important legal and policy implications. Given that such unmanned weapon systems involve the application of armed force, the international lawfulness of their use is governed primarily by human rights law and, in situations of armed conflict, by international humanitarian law. When the use of armed robots interferes with the territorial sovereignty of other States, it may also raise issues of legality under the UN Charter.