In a decision published on 2 January 2018, the Upper Tribunal has decided that the ‘security bodies’ exemption under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) should not have been applied in a blanket fashion to exempt the legal advice that formed the basis of the lethal drone strike that killed two British citizens, Reyaad Khan and Ruhul Amin, in August...

On the 6th and 7th of December 2017, the Centre for Conflict Studies at the Utrecht University held a two-day conference on The Intimacies of Remote Warfare, dealing with the changing nature of warfare. Various experts in the field, including EFAD-members Chris Woods from Airwars and Jessica Dorsey from Rights Watch UK, shared their insights on the apparent paradoxical remote,...

Early December 2017, the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) published a study with possible ways to address the risks and challenges surrounding the use of armed drones. The report is an outcome of consultations held with States, civil society and experts over the course of a year. EFAD members Elizabeth Minor (Article36) and Wim Zwijnenburg (PAX) were part...

Thursday, 7th December at 17:00. Lila, via Finocchiaro Aprile 160, Catania. On Thursday, ECCHR will be hosting an event in Catania, Sicily, with Andreas Schüller and Chantal Meloni of ECCHR and Shahzad Akbar, of the Foundation for Fundamental Rights of Pakistan. The topic is the role of Italy, and of its military base Sigonella, in facilitating the drone strikes carried out by the...

Amnesty International has written a letter to Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, Assistant to President Trump for National Security Affairs, in order to receive clarification on new US policies regarding the use of force. Amnesty believes that these new policies will lead to "a sharp rise in unlawful strikes, civilian casualties and extrajudicial executions". Particularly the unlawfulness of targeted killings are...

Amnesty International is calling on all States to articulate and rigorously implement clear, binding and transparent policies on the use and transfer of armed drones that incorporate the key principles outlined in this briefing. Similarly to EFAD's Call to Action, Amnesty calls for compliance with international law, more transparency, accountability and oversight, preventing complicity by third parties, regulating the transfer of...

EFAD Member Article 36 has published a report on the humanitarian impacts of armed drones, together with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the International Disarmament Institute at Pace University. This collaborative study aims to refocus the debate about drones on the harm caused to people by these weapons as specific technologies of violence. Humanitarian harm from the use of...