EFAD member Article36 released two new policy papers addressing the harm arising from the use of force through drones. As an increasing number of states are seeking to acquire armed drone capabilities, international norms on what constitutes an acceptable role for drones in the use of force need to be developed. During this year’s First Committee at the UN General...

In our monthly press review, we translate, analyze and summarize news from various European publications on the issues of drones. September 2018 saw more publications on the future of drones and how they relate to autonomous weapons, as well as news on both American and European drones. ...

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...

A short overview with this week's updates from our network. If you have events, publications, or updates to share, you may forward them to info {at} efadrones.org....

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....

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...