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Statement by Human Rights Watch on Meaningful Human Control in Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems to the Convention on Conventional Weapons Group of Governmental Experts, Geneva

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. While states still need to resolve differences about the way forward, during the first three days of the 2018 Group of Governmental Experts meeting, consensus has already started to emerge on a fundamental principle. Virtually all states have expressed the position that human control over the use of force must be maintained. This widespread support for human control should focus future discussions and shows there is a basis on which to commence negotiations next year. States have employed various terms to refer to this concept. Most have used the phrase “human control”…

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