During the first week of October the European Parliament discussed the situation in Yemen, where the ongoing conflict continues to spread death and destruction. The country is torn by years of internal conflict and international interventions. Since 2003, the United States' clandestine targeted-killing program has been using armed drones to target suspected Al-Qaeda militants. Hundreds of strikes took place and...

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....

Last week, the European Parliament adopted a new resolution on the state of the US-EU relations in which it expressed a clear concern over the US drone killings program. In that same week, the New York Times revealed that the US’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) opened a new secret drone base in the north of Niger, where armed drones will...

A short overview of the news this week, including updates from us, the APPG on Drones, the Stimson Centre and Drone Wars UK....

The first full scale model of a European Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) drone was revealed during a ceremony at the 2018 ILA Berlin Air Show. According to its developers, the primary mission of the drone will be intelligence gathering, surveillance. target acquisition and reconnaissance. However, the European Defence Agency also noted that de drone will be able to carry...

In an effort to move the debate on armed drones forward, the Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) attempted to link the production of unmanned aerial vehicles to their military use and the human right implications thereof. AFET inserted an amendment to the draft opinion, calling for the exclusion of armed drones in the initiative until there is a Council...