Nearly 500 scientists, researchers, and academics have signed a call to end EU funding for military research and development. The so-called Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR) programme of the EU allocates €90 million to high-tech controversial research programmes. According to the 'Researchers for Peace', the group that has et up the petition, the PADR will only be the first step, with...

In this review, we analyze, summarize and translate news from various European publications on the issues of drones. March 2018 saw several pieces from Spain, Germany, Poland and Denmark amongst others. ...

Google is under fire from its own employees. The tech giant is helping the Pentagon develop artificial intelligence which can be used to analyze drone footage. The use of drones by the military is controversial due to their legal, ethical, and military strategic issues. The US has also frequently used armed drones to carry out extrajudicial killings, often resulting in...

More than a dozen major NGOs are calling on the Trump administration to release the secret changes made to US policy on use of armed drones and other lethal force, before the congressionally-mandated deadline to do so passes on March 12. The call expresses the widespread concerns of human rights organizations regarding the opacity and legality regarding the the US...

During a parliamentary discussion, Minister of Defence Vandeput stated that the Reapers would be ‘armable, but not armed’, adding that arming it would require extra parts which were not part of the order either. ...

The future German government will set the course for Germany’s approach to targeted killings and armed drone operations, which so often involve civilian victims. Read ECCHR's Andreas Schuller's article on why the German government should articulate clear and restrictive legal standards on armed drones, first published in the German newspaper Weser-Kurier of February 14. ...