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.


Armed Drones & Export Controls at UN

During the UNGA in 2018, 16 States expressed concerns over armed drones in their statements, comparing with 7 States in 2017. This demonstrates a growing interest from States in addressing the challenges around armed drones use. Beyond the condemnation of current unacceptable practices, an international policy response is needed that addresses the role of drones in the use of force. Multilateral dialogue will be vital to the development of robust, progressive and meaningful future-proof standards that contributes to holding states accountable for both export decisions and subsequent use.

European Press Review – July 2019

In our monthly press review, we translate, analyze and summarize news from various European publications on the issues of drones. In July 2019 the most frequent topics discussed in drone news were once again the drones in the middle of the tensions between the US, Iran, as well as the use of drones by Turkey and other countries in the Middle East.

New Research Report Shows Wide-Spread Opposition in Italy against Use of Armed Drones

A new research report by IRIAD and EFAD Member Rete Disarmo shows widespread opposition of the general public against the use of armed drones. The research surveyed Italian citizens about their approval of the use of military drones by the government. The report, titled: “The Drone: Supporting Actor or Protagonist? The perception of unmanned aircraft in the mass media and in Italian public opinion” provides new insights in how the use of armed drones are perceived among the population and raises questions about the need of government to be transparent and accountable about their policies.


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