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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Drone roundup July 3-23

This roundup, curated by ReThink Media, looks at how the media is talking about drone warfare (and related topics) and what stories are being told.

With little transparency from governments on this topic, this roundup aims to be as comprehensive as possible, identifying breaking news, trends, developing stories, or interesting narratives. Rethink Media also use media coverage to compile a snapshot of strikes each week. The short version can be read here.

Joint letter to President Biden: End US program of lethal strikes

On June 30, 2021, 113 organizations from the United States and around the world sent a letter to President Biden calling for an end to the U.S. program of lethal strikes outside recognized battlefields, including through the use of drones.

This program is a centerpiece of the United States’ forever wars and has exacted an appalling toll on Muslim, Brown, and Black communities in multiple parts of the world. The US administration’s current review of this program, and the approaching 20th anniversary of 9/11, is an opportunity to abandon this war-based approach and chart a new path forward that promotes and respects our collective human security.

Event summary: The legal and ethical implications of armed drones

Major technological advances over the last decades have resulted in the rapidly growing deployment of uncrewed aerial vehicles, also known as ”drones” for military purposes and in law enforcement scenarios. While these uncrewed systems may at a first glance bring important advantages, there is a need to critically examine the implications of their use for the civilian population as well as for long-term peace and stability. On June 7th, 2021, in a webinar hosted by the Asociación Española de Investigación para la Paz (AIPAZ), Centre Delàs d’Estudis per la Pau and the European Forum on Armed Drones (EFAD), academics, civil society representatives and members of parliament engaged in a lively discussion on the  risks and challenges that could be faced by Spain when deploying drones and other novel military technologies. The event was held in Spanish. 

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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