Draft Drone Ban Treaty

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Friends,

At our recent Global Network annual space organizing conference in Kiruna,
Sweden we decided to submit a draft drone ban treaty to the public as a
way to begin to create conversation about taking steps to ban these
immoral and illegal killing weapons.  Here is the draft submitted by one
of our folks.  Please share widely.  We'd be happy to collect any comments
and send out revised versions.  globalnet@mindspring.com


First Draft

Agreement on banning the use of unmanned armed aerial vehicles against
civilians, living and official quarters, transport, communication, energy
and  industrial infrastructure

The High Contracting Parties to this Agreement, hereinafter called as
Parties to the Agreement,

being alarmed by the use of unmanned armed aerial vehicles against
civilians, living and official quarters, transport, communication, energy
and  industrial infrastructure,

noting with regret that the number of unmanned armed aerial vehicles is
increasing,

expressing concern that the use of such vehicles sometimes have
indiscriminate  effects and collateral damage inflicted upon civilians,
living and official quarters, transport, communication, energy and
industrial infrastructure,

understanding the negative psychological effects in a form of depression,
anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder among unmanned armed aerial
vehicles' operators stemming from using unmanned combat aerial vehicles
against civilians, living and official quarters, transport, communication,
energy and  industrial infrastructure,

realizing that the use of such vehicles is a violation of humanitarian and
the basic international law, including the inviolability of interstate
borders and respecting sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence
of the states that became targets of such vehicles,

have agreed as follows:

1. Parties to the Agreement have agreed to freeze the number of unmanned
armed aerial vehicles as it stands for the 1st September 2013.

2. Parties to the Agreement have agreed to exercise the total ban on the
use of unmanned armed aerial vehicles against civilians, living and
official quarters, transport, communication, energy and industrial
infrastructure beginning from the 1st September 2013.

3. Parties to the Agreement have agreed not use unmanned armed aerial
vehicles to carry nuclear and missile defense weapons on board and pledge
not to use such vehicles for conducting nuclear strikes and fulfilling
missile defense missions.

4. Parties to the Agreement have agreed to close from the 1st  September
2013 all military bases and installations, including  command and control
centers that have been earlier constructed or leased on the territories of
foreign states for the purpose of storing or using unmanned armed aerial
vehicles that have been used to conduct remotely controlled operations.

5. Parties to the Agreement have agreed to cease all research, testing,
training or manufacturer of such vehicles from the 1st September 2013.

6. Parties to the Agreement have agreed to offer its territory
to conduct international inspections for the purpose of
verification of implementation of  this Agreement.

7. This Agreement enters in force on the date of signature of at
least of five independent and sovereign states.

Done in ..... on ....... 2013 in English (and other languages).

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