Useful reading

The Ministry of Defence have produced a number of documents which set out their position on the use of this technology:

Joint Doctrine 2/11: The UK Approach to unmanned aircraft systems

The Strategic Defence and Security Review

For further details can be found on the Ministry of Defence’s  website.

The UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, Ben Emmerson, launched an inquiry into the use of drones in January 2013.  Further details of the progress of this inquiry can be found on his website.  His interim report was published in September 2013.

The UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions examined the issue of targeted killings including via drones, in a 2010 report.  In September 2013, he published a report which examined the use of lethal force through armed drones from the perspective of protection of the right to life.

A number of human rights organisations have undertaken research on drone use; some of their reports can be found below.

Human Rights Watch (2012) Losing Humanity: The Case against Killer Robots

Medact (2012), Drones: the physical and psychological implications of a global theatre of war

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s website has a range of datasets relating to drones strikes in Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia.

Drone Wars UK tracks drone crashes, which can be found here.

A significant academic examination of drone use in Pakistan was undertaken by Stanford and New York Universities (2012), Living Under Drones: Death, Injury, and Trauma to Civilians From US Drone Practices in Pakistan.

Columbia University, together with Center for Civilians in Conflict, published a report, The Civilian Impact of Drones: unexamined costs, unanswered questions.

The Centre for International Intervention at the University of Surrey, together with the Royal United Services Institute, published a report in March 2013, Hitting the Target? How New Capabilities are Shaping International Intervention.

The European Council on Foreign Relations have published a briefing, Drones and targeted killing: defining a European position.

The Open Rights Group published in September 2013, Remote control war.  Unmanned combat air vehicles in China, India, Israel, Iran, Russia and Turkey

Amnesty International’s October 2013 report on drone strikes in Pakistan can be found here.  While Human Rights Watch study of drone strikes in Yemen, can be found here.

The APPG submission to the Defence Select Committe on the use of drones to the Defence Select Committee.  Details of the inquiry, including terms of reference, can be found on the Committee’s website.

The APPG has also produced a series of background notes on the issues discussed at meetings; briefings are also produced by speakers.

Background Note – introduction to drones

APPG Speakers Briefing, 17.10.2012

APPG Speaker Briefing, 05.12.2012

Background Note – psychological impact of drones

Speakers’ briefing, 05.03.2013

Background note, US covert drone strikes, May 2013

Speaker’s briefing, US covert drone strikes and the killing of British citizens, May 2013

APPG Background Note Civil drone use in the UK, 12 June 2013

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles briefing (Big Brother Watch), 12 June 2013

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles briefing (Privacy International), 12 June 2013

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