Women network, others begin campaign against killer robots

The International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) Women Network Nigeria; a NonGovernmental Organization (NGO) in collaboration with other women groups working to stop the proliferation and misuse of arms has began a nationwide campaign to stop the weapons systems known as Killer Robot in Nigeria.
Briefing Journalists yesterday in Abuja the Network Coordinator of AINSA, Ms.
Mimidoo Achakpa, urged the Nigerian government to take deliberate actions to prohibit and halt the emergence of these weapons in the country.
Achakpa explained that the Killer Robots, once activated, would select and attack targets without human intervention, saying there is a call mounting for countries to commence negotiations on a new treaty to prohibit this.
“The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is an inclusive and diverse coalition across the globe comprised of NGOs, community groups, and professional associations that support the campaign’s call for a ban.
The campaign currently has a total of 76 organisations from 32 countries.
“IANSA Women Network Nigeria is urging the Nigerian government to take deliberate actions to prohibit and halt the emergence of these weapons in the country,” she said.
She noted that the use of fully autonomous weapon is not currently an issue in Nigeria as it may seem, adding that there are also no laws on the use of these weapons as most of its population are ignorant on the existence of fully autonomous weapons.
However, she pointed out that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) inducted its first indigenous operational Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) nicknamed, Tsaigumi February this year, with plans already underway to mass produce the Tsaigumi UAV as well as develop the nation’s first indigenous Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle.

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