Sign the petition at BanWeaponizedDrones.org . (Petitionstext s.u.im Anhang)
In response to the attacks of 9/11 drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, UASs) became a key component in the US covert “war on terror”.
Sent mostly to surveil “terrorist activity” in the middle East, south Asia and Africa, more and more weaponized drones have been deployed, killing an estimated 2500-3500 people to date. Those killed and injured in countries not at war with the US –Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen, by US military and CIA drone operators include US citizens and hundreds of noncombatants.
2013 Drone Summit: CODEPINK has organized a second annual International Summit on Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance, in Washington, DC, Nov. 16 & 17.
The Summit will gather together grassroots and human rights advocates, lawyers, writers, technology experts, artists, musicians; and include the stories of people in Pakistan and Yemen who have survived or lost loved ones from US drone strikes.Check here for a live broadcast of the Summit.
Killer Drones Don’t Make Anyone Safe.
While the US is slow to admit that drones are killing civilians and wreaking havoc on communities, various human rights groups from affected countries, as well as the UN, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have all reported civilian deaths and injuries and destabilization brought on by US drone strikes.
License to Kill: Why the American Drone War on Yemen Violates International Law stands out as a clear indictment of the US use of weaponized drones as illegal under any circumstances. The AI drone report, “Will I be next?” and the Human Rights Watch report, “Between a Drone and Al-Qaeda” call on the US government to ensure that victims of illegal (vs. legal?) drone strikes, including family members, have access to compensation and rehabilitation.
Four years ago Congress did establish a fund to aid drone strike victims in Pakistan. Yet very little of the $40 million so far appropriated has been distributed to the affected families. Read more here.
The Drones Are Coming, Time to Mobilize.
Drone technology is being expanded to “serve” domestic security needs. Already, military drones are being deployed north and south for border security andcustoms, and local law enforcement agencies are adding drones to their operations. Congress has asked the Federal Aviation Administration to expedite permits for the deployment of military, homeland security, and law enforcement drones into commercial air space, and to open air space for both private and commercial drones by 2015.
Actions you can take to stop Killer Drones:
You don’t have to be in Washington, DC this weekend to participate in the 2013 International Drone Summit. You can join drone survivors and families of victims from Pakistan and Yemen, human rights advocates, lawyers, authors, social media experts, technology experts, artists and musicians, and grassroots activists online at: http://www.ustream.tv/
Demand and support legislation that bans weaponized drones and regulates the use of spy drones. Sen. Markey (D-MA) has introduced the Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act to regulate both government and commercial drone deployments. Pressured by report of the rising numbers of civilian casualties resulting from US drone strikes, the Senate Intelligence Committee has introduced legislation that would require an accounting of the number of deaths and injuries from such targeted strikes.
Watch and share this video of drone survivors visiting Congress.
Sign the petition at BanWeaponizedDrones.org
Promote Local Resolutions against drones http://warisacrime.org/
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Petitionstext: Ban Weaponized Drones from the World
Meticulous researchers have documented that U.S. drones are killing many innocent civilians in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere. Drones are making the world less stable and creating new enemies. Their remoteness provides those responsible with a sense of immunity.
Weaponized drones are no more acceptable than land mines, cluster bombs, or chemical weapons. The world must renounce and forbid their manufacture, possession, or use. Violators must be held accountable.
We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, urge
- the United Nations Secretary General to investigate the concerns of Navi Pillay, the U.N.'s top human rights official, that drone attacks violate international law -- and to ultimately pursue sanctions against nations using, possessing, or manufacturing weaponized drones;
- the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to investigate grounds for the criminal prosecution of those responsible for drone attacks;
- the U.S. Secretary of State, and the ambassadors to the United States from the nations of the world, to support a treaty forbidding the possession or use of weaponized drones;
- President Barack Obama, to abandon the use of weaponized drones, and to abandon his "kill list" program regardless of the technology employed;
- the Majority and Minority Leaders of the U.S. House and Senate, to ban the use or sale of weaponized drones.
- the governments of each of our nations around the world, to ban the use or sale of weaponized drones.
Organizations Supporting This Petition (partial and growing list):
Alaskans For Peace and Justice
Arlington Green Party
Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests
Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Brave New Foundation
Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases
Christians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East
Coalition for Grassroots Progress
Drone Free Zone
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Fresno Center for Nonviolence
Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space
Granny Peace Brigade-NY
Hoosiers for Peace and Justice
Indiana Anti-Drone Project
Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace
Jeannette Rankin Peace Center
Montrose Peace Vigil
National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance
Nevada Desert Experience
The Northampton Committee to Stop War
Office of the Americas
On Earth Peace
Peace of Mind Project
People United for Peace of Santa Cruz County (PUP)
Santa Cruz Against Drones (SCAD)
Simple Gifts Inc.
Sitkans for Peace and Justice
Sustainable Action Network
United for Peace and Justice
United National Antiwar Coalition
Veterans For Peace
Veterans For Peace Chapter 10
Veterans For Peace Chapter 14
Veterans For Peace Chapter 27
Veterans For Peace Chapter 91
Veterans For Peace Chapter 154
Veterans For Peace, Phil Berrigan Memorial Chapter, Baltimore, MD
Voices for Creative Nonviolence
War Resisters League
Wasatch Coalition for Peace and Justice
West Suburban Faith-based Peace Coalition
Women Against Military Madness (WAMM)
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, U.S. Section
World Can't Wait
Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
To sign on as an organization, contact us.