Drone Summit: April 28-29, 2012

Drone Summit: Killing and Spying by Remote Control April 28-29, 2012 – Washington, DC

The peace group CODEPINK and the legal advocacy organizations Reprieve and the Center for Constitutional Rights are hosting the first international drone summit. On Saturday, April 28, we are bringing together human rights advocates, robotics technology experts, lawyers, journalists and activists for a summit to inform the American public about the widespread and rapidly expanding deployment of both lethal and surveillance drones, including drone use in the United States. Participants will also have the opportunity to listen to the personal stories of Pakistani drone-strike victims. Time: 9:00am-6:30pm Location: 900 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001 Register now. On Sunday, April 29 we will have a strategy session to network, discuss and plan advocacy efforts focused on various aspects of drones, including surveillance and targeted killings. Time: 10:00am-4:00pm Location: 100 Maryland Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20001 Sunday’s session is for representatives of organizations and individuals who want to be actively involved in this work. If you are interested in attending, please email Ramah Kudaimi at rkudaimi@gmail.com. Topics will include: -the impact of drones on human lives and prospects for peace -the lack of transparency and accountability for drone operations, including targeted killings -disputed legality of drone warfare -compensation for victims -the future of domestic drone surveillance -development of autonomous drones -drone use along U.S. borders. Speakers will include: -Clive Stafford Smith, director of UK legal group Reprieve that represents drone victims -Medea Benjamin, author of forthcoming book Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control -Pardiss Kebriaei, attorney with Center for Constitutional Rights -Shahzad Akbar, attorney with Pakistani Foundation for Fundamental Fights -Rafia Zakaria, Amnesty International-USA Board of Directors -Sarah Holewinski, director of Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC) -Hina Shamsi, ACLU national security expert -Jay Stanley, ACLU privacy expert -Tom Barry, drone border expert with Center for International Policy -David Glazier, law professor who served 21 years as a US Navy surface warfare officer -Amie Stepanovich, legal counsel at Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) -Trevor Timm, activist at Electronic Frontier Foundation -Peter Asaro and Noel Sharkey from the International Committee for Robot Arms Control (ICRAC). You can register now or visit our website for more information. Please contact Summit Organizer Ramah Kudaimi at rkudaimi@gmail.com if you have any questions. Make sure to invite your friends on Facebook and follow @WarDronesOn for updates. Endorsed by the Center for International Policy, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Global Exchange, Peace Action, United For Peace and Justice, Veterans for Peace, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, the Washington Peace Center and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. 

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