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WCC expresses grave concern over lethal autonomous weapons systems

WCC expresses grave concern over lethal autonomous weapons systems

The WCC has a strong history working on disarmament issues. Here, demonstrators march through Oslo, Norway, in 2017, to take a stand against Nuclear arms. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

25 November 2019

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Executive Committee issued a minute expressing grave concern with the ethical implications of automated weapons systems.

“Such weapons, if developed to be fully autonomous, would make decisions on who lives and who dies,” reads the statement. “All meaningful real-time human control would be eliminated, and likewise the direct legal, ethical and moral responsibility and accountability for such decision-making.”

The Executive Committee also proposed that the WCC join the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, formed in 2012, and calls upon WCC member churches to advocate with their governments to cease such development and to support an international ban on lethal autonomous weapons systems.

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