The Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space:

Statement on the use of unmanned armed aerial vehicles

September, 2013


The Signatory Parties to this statement:

being alarmed by the use of unmanned armed aerial vehicles against civilians, living and official quarters, transport, communication, energy and  industrial infrastructure;

noting with regret that the number of unmanned armed aerial vehicles is increasing;

expressing concern that the use of such vehicles sometimes has indiscriminate  effects and inflicting death and injuries upon civilians, damage and destruction to buildings, transport, communication, energy and  industrial infrastructure;

understanding the negative psychological effects in a form of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder among unmanned armed aerial vehicles’ operators stemming from using unmanned combat aerial vehicles against civilians, buildings, transport, communication, energy and  industrial infrastructure;

realizing that the use of such vehicles is a major humanitarian concern and a violation of basic international law, including the inviolability of interstate borders and the respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of the states that are targets of such vehicles;

call on all states with operational or developing drone technologies to:

1.      agree to freeze the number of unmanned armed aerial vehicles;

2.      agree on a total ban on the use of unmanned armed aerial vehicles against civilians, living and official quarters, transport, communication, energy and industrial infrastructure beginning;

3.      agree not to use unmanned armed aerial vehicles to carry nuclear and missile defense weapons on board and pledge not to use such vehicles for conducting nuclear strikes and fulfilling missile defense missions;

4.      close all military bases and installations, including  command and control centers that have been earlier constructed or leased on the territories of foreign states for the purpose of storing or using unmanned armed aerial vehicles that have been used to conduct remotely controlled operations;

5.      agree to cease all research, testing, training or manufacturer of such vehicles;

6.      agree to offer their territory to conduct international inspections for the purpose of verification of implementation of any international Agreement to ban unmanned armed aerial vehicles;

7.      stop exporting or leasing them to any other state or any non-state actors.

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