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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