The European Forum on Armed Drones is a civil society network of organisations working to promote human rights, respect for the rule of law, disarmament and conflict prevention.

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European Press Review – December 2019

In our monthly press review, we translate, analyze and summarize news from various European publications on the issues of drones. In December 2019 the most frequent topics discussed included the use of drones by Turkey in Cyprus and Libya, the first French drone strike taking place in Mali, and the US’ continued use of drone strikes. 

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Drones and the Development of International Standards

n the first half of the Trump administration, the United States demonstrated its continued reliance on lethal drones to respond to perceived terrorist threats, yet with no overarching strategy to guide such use. The Trump administration has placed a primacy on immediate military action, resulting in a U.S. drone policy that appears less restrained, less transparent, and less accountable.

As the number one user of lethal drone technology in the world, the United States has an opportunity to be a leader on developing appropriate policy frameworks to guide the transfer and use of armed drones and setting a responsible international precedent. Such an approach is particularly important as lethal drone technology continues to proliferate, and U.S. policy and practice impacts not only what happens within and to the United States, but how our allies, partners, and even our adversaries utilize drones for their own purposes.

European Press Review – November 2019

In our monthly press review, we translate, analyze and summarize news from various European publications on the issues of drones. In November 2019 the most frequent topics discussed in drone news concerned their use by several parties in the conflict in Libya, and their ongoing development and acquisition in Europe. The further development of autonomy in the use of armed drones was covered as well.

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We call upon all European governments, individually and through European institutions to:

We call upon all European governments, individually and through European institutions to:

1     Articulate Clear Policies
2    Prevent Complicity
3    Ensure Transparency
4    Establish Accountability
5    Control Proliferation