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During this year's UN General Assembly First Committee, sixteen States mentioned the use of armed drones in their statements - a significant increase from the six countries in 2017. As existing restrictions on the US drone program have been severely weakened, the number of drone strikes are increasing, and the number of drones, drone users, and drone producers continues...

During this year's United Nations General Assembly First Committee discussions on disarmament, states and civil society groups are again working to address the issues arising from the use of armed drones. To inform delegates during these discussions PAX has published a briefing paper detailing the risks the use of armed drones create for human rights, international law, and international security....

This month, the Dutch Royal Air Force reinstated 306 Squadron, which will operate the four MQ-9 Reapers the Netherlands is expected to receive in 2020. These drones will be initially unarmed, although Commander of the Air Force Dennis Luyt alluded to armament. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed the desire to have multilateral engagement in order to strengthen...

As EU member states rush to weaponize unmanned planes, those who monitor ‘collateral damage’ to civilian populations and abuses of international law brought about by extensive use of armed drones ask EU countries, as MEPs recently did, to set up a legal framework and to uphold human rights....