Many urgent arms-related challenges should be addressed to protect civilians affected by conflict and its deadly legacy.  Antipersonnel landmines and cluster munitions have been prohibited outright, but the ban treaties need to be universalized and complied with fully.  Militaries use a wide-range of explosive weapons—artillery, rockets, mortars, air-delivered bombs and more—in populated areas, frequently causing indiscriminate harm to civilians. Incendiary weapons cause painful and cruel injuries, yet they continue to be used. The development of fully autonomous weapons—“killer robots”—that could select and engage targets without human intervention need to be stopped to prevent a future of warfare and policing outside of human control and responsibility. Human Rights Watch investigates these and other problematic weapons systems and works to develop and monitor international standards to protect civilians from armed violence.

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Stop Arming Saudi Arabia

Stop Arming Saudi Arabia

UPDATE: The final Senate vote results were 47 votes in favor of the resolution to stop arming Saudi Arabia and 53 against. While this was not enough to block the deal this sends a powerful message that it will not be business as usual between the US and Saudi Arabia.

President Trump has announced a $110 billion weapons deal to Saudi Arabia, doubling down on US support for a Saudi-led coalition military campaign in Yemen that has resulted in numerous violations of the laws of war. The United States shouldn’t be rewarding Saudi war crimes with more weapons. We need your help: Call your senators and tell them to vote for bipartisan Senate Joint Resolution 42 blocking the sale of weapons that could be used by Saudi Arabia to commit more abuses. Time is running out!