***UPDATE: Read Roff's remarks
DENVER—May 13, 2014—"Warfare will become, literally, dehumanized." That's according to Lecturer Heather Roff Perkins who will take part in The Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons meeting of experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) in Geneva, Switzerland beginning today through May 16, 2014.
The meeting is the result of a mandate established in 2013. According to the United Nations office at Geneva's website:
|...Chairperson will convene in 2014 a four-day informal Meeting of Experts, from 13 to 16 May 2014, to discuss the questions related to emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems, in the context of the objectives and purposes of the Convention. He will, under his own responsibility, submit a report to the 2014 Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention, objectively reflecting the discussions held. 1|
Roff Perkins is a panelist in a side event hosted by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. She explains, "I am speaking against these machines because they threaten to undermine what little control and avenues for responsibility we have for the prosecution of war. Warfare will become, literally, dehumanized."
The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots delegation to the CCW's 2014 experts meeting on lethal autonomous weapons systems is comprised 40 campaigners from 12 member NGOs in countries including Austria, Canada, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, UK, and US. Women make up half of the campaign's delegation to the CCW experts meeting.