Ground the Drones
A Week of Action: 1st – 8th October 2011

by Campaign ~ August 1st, 2011. Filed under: News.

Drones Campaign Network - week of action 1st-8th Oct 2011conscience has agreed to support the Drone Campaign Network. We believe that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles is wrong and that the horrific nature of these weapons shows that they should not be used for security.

Ultimately, conscience does not believe that anyone with a conscientious objection to war should be paying for these weapons.

Over the past few years we have witnessed the increasing use of unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, to undertake armed attacks around the globe. Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia have all been subject to drone strikes by US or British drones controlled from many thousands of miles away. Palestine is also subjected to drone strikes from Israel.

Although there are claims that the drone strikes are precise and accurate, there are many reports – particular from Pakistan where media are able to obtain first hand reports – of high numbers of civilian casualties.   Legal experts as well as peace and human rights organisations have expressed serious concerns about the growing use of armed drones and even some within the British Ministry of Defence have raised questions about the push towards greater autonomy for armed drones.

As part of International Keep Space for Peace Week, during the week of 1st to 8th October, the Drones Campaign Network is encouraging organisations, local groups and individuals to engage in actions to both raise public awareness about drones and to engage in action to ‘ground the drones’.

For more details and to download a briefing see www.dronecampaignnetwork.org.uk

 


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