People look at a mock "killer robot" in central London - part of a protest calling for a ban on such weapons in London on 23 April 2013
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UN mulls ethics of 'killer robots'

The UN Human Rights Council has heard an appeal for a moratorium on the use of so-called 'killer robots'.

A report raising questions about the ethical use of so-called "killer robots" has been debated at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The robots are machines programmed to kill people or destroy targets. Unlike drones, they operate autonomously on the battlefield.

The UN rapporteur behind the report, Christof Heyns, said he was calling for a halt to their use until the ethical issues could be worked out.

Imogen Foulkes reports from Geneva.

  • 30 May
  • From the section World