HRW accuses Syria of using cluster bombs

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch said Wednesday there's evidence the Syrian government is using banned cluster bombs in a new offense against its people.

'Machines' may decide battelfield outcomes

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 30 (UPI) -- The military use of automated vehicles in deploying lethal force makes it easier to go to war and raises many legal questions, a U.N. official said from Geneva.

Beware of killer robots, rights group says

LONDON, April 23 (UPI) -- So-called killer robots could pose major legal questions if military forces develop them to be completely autonomous, Human Rights Watch said from London.

Rights group warns against Syrian bomblets

NEW YORK, March 18 (UPI) -- Syrian forces are using cluster munitions against civilian targets, with more than 100 sites hit in the last six months, Human Rights Watch said.

Rights group: Syria using cluster bombs

NEW YORK, March 16 (UPI) -- The Syrian government's "relentless" use of cluster bombs against rebels is contributing to rising civilian casualties, human rights advocates said.

Syrian airstrikes in Damascus suburbs

CAIRO, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A military official in Cairo questioned suggestions that cluster munitions uncovered in Syria were manufactured by an Egyptian company.

International ban on 'killer robots' urged

NEW YORK, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- The use of autonomous drones that could fire weapons without human intervention or control must be prohibited by international treaty, a U.S. rights group says.

Syrian rebels have Stingers, Russia says

MOSCOW, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- U.S.-made Stinger missiles have found their way into the hands of Syrian rebels but it's unclear how they were delivered, a Russian commander said.

Syria denies but videos show cluster bombs

DAMASCUS, Syria, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Damascus denied using cluster bombs to combat rebel forces, as new videos showed cluster bomb canisters and widely ejected small "bomblets" in Syrian cities.

Kremlin denies sending bomblets to Syria

MOSCOW, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The Kremlin said Monday there was nothing to confirm reports from a rights group that it was behind cluster bombs deployed in Syria.

Syria-bound aid plane inspected in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- An Armenian aid plane heading for Syria was escorted by Turkish fighter jets and forced to land in east Turkey for a security inspection Monday, officials said.

Brahimi sees regional leaders on Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The Joint Special Representative of the U.N.- Arab League Envoy on Syria met with the Turkish president to discuss continuing violence in Syria.
Report: 122 dead in Syrian massacre

Report: 122 dead in Syrian massacre

DAMASCUS, Syria, July 12 (UPI) -- An opposition group in Syria said Thursday government forces have killed 122 people in a village in Hama province.
Cluster munitions reported in Syria

Cluster munitions reported in Syria

NEW YORK, July 12 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch said there is emerging evidence to suggest Syrian armed forces are using cluster bombs against anti-government forces in the country.
Libya hailed for early demining efforts

Libya hailed for early demining efforts

TRIPOLI, Libya, March 26 (UPI) -- Though it's off to a good start, the transitional government in Libya could do more in the demining effort, said Human Rights Watch.
New offensive by Syrian gov't troops; land mines planted at Syria's borders

New offensive by Syrian gov't troops; land mines planted at Syria's borders

NEW YORK, March 13 (UPI) -- Syria's army launched new offensives on insurgent strongholds in the northern part of the country, opposition activists said Tuesday.

Without U.S., cluster bomb ban gains

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Even without the United States and other major military powers, an international movement to ban cluster bombs is gaining momentum, Human Rights Watch said.

Cluster munitions motion rejected

GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- An attempt by several members of the international community to legitimize cluster munitions failed Friday in Switzerland, a Human Rights Watch official said.

Claim: U.S. trying to undercut bomb treaty

DUBLIN, Ireland, May 22 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch accused the U.S. government Thursday of trying to negotiate "dangerous loopholes" in a new treaty on cluster bombs.

Israeli cluster bombs illegal, HRW says

NEW YORK, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Israel's use of cluster bombs during the 2006 war with Lebanon highlights the need to ban the weapons, Human Rights Watch said Sunday.

Talks on cluster bombs not productive

GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Members of the Convention on Conventional Weapons ended a week of discussion on cluster bombs Tuesday without any plan to ban them.

Hezbollah said to have used cluster bomb

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The advocacy group Human Rights Watch claims Hezbollah acquired a cluster weapon and used it during the 34-day war with Israel this year.

HRW: Hezbollah used cluster bombs

NEW YORK, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch says it has confirmation that Hezbollah fired cluster munitions into civilian areas in Israel during the Lebanon conflict.

HRW reports gains from anti-mine ban

NEW YORK, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch Wednesday welcomed the decrease in the use of anti-personnel mines in 2005 and this year resulting from the Mine Ban Treaty.

Lawmakers propose land mine ban

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Two U.S. senators are proposing a law that would prohibit the procurement of land mines or other victim-activated weapons.