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To: United Nations General Assembly


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We urge the UN General Assembly and relevant United Nations committees to initiate a Global Ban on Weaponized Drones which include a resolution banning the development, construction, production, testing, storage, sale, export, use and proliferation of weaponized drones throughout the world.

We urge the United Nations General Assembly to investigate violations of International Law and human rights by state and non-state actors perpetrating aerial drone attacks and to investigate the actual casualty counts from drone attacks, the contexts in which they occur, and to require reparations for noncombatant victims.

We urge the governments of every country around the world to ban the development, construction, production, testing, storage, stockpiling, sale, export and use of weaponized drones.

International and domestic peace and faith and conscience organizations urge the United Nations to adopt a Treaty on the Prohibition of Weaponized Drones.

Mindful of the looming threat that weaponized drones could become autonomous, further extending the potential for death and destruction, a Treaty on the Prohibition of Weaponized Drones would uphold the values of human rights, internationalism, representation from and protection of the Global South from neocolonial exploitation and proxy wars, the power of grassroots communities, and the voices of women, youth, and the marginalized. This campaign is inspired by the Biological Weapons Convention (1972), the Chemical Weapons Convention (1997), the Mine Ban Treaty (1999), the Cluster Munitions Convention (2010), the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (2017), and in solidarity with the ongoing campaign for a United Nations treaty to Ban Killer Robots.

Why is this important?

The use of weaponized aerial drones over the past 21 years has led to killing, maiming, terrorization and/or displacement of millions of people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Mali, Niger, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Western Sahara, Kurdish regions, Ukraine, Russia, and other countries.

Numerous detailed studies and reports regarding casualties resulting from the deployment of weaponized aerial drones indicate that the majority of people killed, maimed, and displaced, or otherwise harmed, have been non-combatants, including women and children.

Entire communities and wider populations are terrorized, intimidated and psychologically damaged by the constant flight of weaponized aerial drones over their heads, even when they are not struck by the weapons.

The United States, China, Turkey, Pakistan, India, Iran, Israel, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine are manufacturing and/or developing weaponized aerial drones, and a growing number of countries are producing smaller, inexpensive single-use loitering munitions, known as “suicide” or “kamikaze” drones.

Some of these countries, including the United States, Israel, China, Turkey and Iran are exporting weaponized aerial drones to an ever-increasing number of countries, while manufacturers in additional countries are exporting parts for weaponized aerial drone production.

The use of weaponized aerial drones has included numerous violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law by states and non-state armed groups around the world, including violations of international boundaries, national sovereignty rights and UN agreements.

The materials necessary to build and arm rudimentary weaponized aerial drones are neither technologically advanced nor expensive so that their use is proliferating at an alarming rate among militias, mercenaries, insurgencies and individuals.

A growing number of non-state actors have conducted armed attacks and assassinations using weaponized aerial drones, including but not limited to: Constellis Group (formerly Blackwater), Wagner Group, Al-Shabab, the Taliban, the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, Libyan rebels, Hezbollah, Hamas, the Houthis, Boko Haram, Mexican drug cartels, as well as militias and mercenaries in Venezuela, Colombia, Sudan, Mali, Myanmar, and other countries in the Global South.

Weaponized aerial drones are often used to prosecute undeclared and illegal wars.

Weaponized aerial drones lower the threshold to armed conflict and can expand and prolong wars, because they enable attack without physical risk to ground and air force personnel of the weaponized drone user.

Apart from the Russian-Ukrainian war, most weaponized aerial drone strikes so far have targeted non-Christian people of color in the Global South.

Both technologically advanced and rudimentary aerial drones can be weaponized with missiles or bombs carrying chemical weapons or depleted uranium.

Advanced and rudimentary weaponized aerial drones pose an existential threat to humanity and the planet because they could be used to target nuclear power plants, of which there are hundreds in 32 countries, primarily in the Global North.

Due to the reasons stated above, weaponized aerial drones constitute a tool for violating the integrity of national and international law, thus creating an expanding circle of enmity and increasing the likelihood of internecine conflict, proxy wars, larger wars and escalation to nuclear threats.

The use of weaponized aerial drones violates basic human rights as guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1976), particularly with respect to the rights to life, privacy and fair trial; and the Geneva Conventions and their Protocols (1949, 1977), particularly with respect to its protection of civilians against indiscriminate, unacceptable levels of harm.

Global Campaign to Ban Weaponized Drones war Initiated: May 1, 2023

Initiating Organizers

Ban Killer Drones, USA
CODEPINK: Women for Peace
Drohnen-Kampagne (German Drone Campaign)
Drone Wars UK
International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR)
International Peace Bureau (IPB)
Veterans for Peace
Women for Peace
World BEYOND War

Global Ban on Weaponized Drones Endorsers, as of May 30, 2023

Ban Killer Drones, USA
CODEPINK: Women For Peace
Drohnen-Kampagne (German Drone Campaign)
Drone Wars UK
International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR)
International Peace Bureau (IPB)
Veterans for Peace
Women for Peace
World BEYOND War
West Suburban Peace Coalition
World Can’t Wait
Westchester Political Action Committee (WESPAC)
Action from Ireland
Quaker House of Fayetteville, North Carolina
Nevada Desert Experience
Women Against War
Bund für Soziale Verteidigung (Federation of Social Defense)
InterReligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF)
Disciples Peace Fellowship
Ramapo Lunaape Nation
Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality – Dr. Daisy Khan
International Sanctuary Declaration Campaign
Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security
The Baltimore Nonviolence Center
Westchester Coalition Against Islamophobia (WCAI)
Canadian Sanctuary Network
Brandywine Peace Community
National Council of Elders
Beloved Community Center
Flowers and Bombs: Stop the Violence of the War Now!
Council on American Islamic Relations, New York Chapter (CAIR-NY)
Concerned Families of Westchester
Shut Down Drone Warfare
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

How it will be delivered

We will deliver this petition to the President of the United Nations General Assembly and to Heads of National Missions to the United Nations in New York City in September 2023.


2023-11-15 10:34:40 -0500

1,000 signatures reached

2023-10-04 10:59:33 -0400

500 signatures reached

2023-06-06 09:40:18 -0400

100 signatures reached

2023-06-04 21:22:17 -0400

50 signatures reached

2023-06-02 20:31:31 -0400

25 signatures reached

2023-06-02 12:42:43 -0400

10 signatures reached