Military Capabilities

European Parliament lobbies for total international ban on lethal autonomous weapons

12 September 2018

Weapons without “meaningful human control” over their ability to select and attack targets should be banned internationally, said members of the European Parliament (MEPs). In a new resolution, the European legislature requests the European Union’s member states and Federica Mogherini, its top foreign and security policy chief, to launch international talks towards that goal.

While non-binding, the resolution was overwhelmingly approved by all parties on 12 September by 566 votes to 47, with 73 abstentions. It states that lethal autonomous weapons (LAWs) are “machines [that] cannot make human-like decisions” and that it is their operators who must remain accountable for life or death decisions.

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