The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots one-day workshop on the 29th of July 2021 @ the palace of the paramount Chief of Suhum. in the Akyem Abuakwah Traditional area of the Eastern Region of Ghana. organized by the International Humanitarian Relief and Rescue Initiative (IHRRI). Attendances are representatives of Chiefs, Queen Mothers, and youth leaders from the Eastern region of Ghana. The workshop’s theme is Add your voices to the campaign to stop killer robots and make the world safe. The workshop was organized to sensitize the Chief, sub-chiefs, Queen-Mothers, and the youths of the region to the danger of killer Robots and the urgent need for the campaign to Stop Killer Robots.
Osabarimah Aye Kofi, the paramount Chief of Suhum in the Akyem Abuakwah Traditional area of the Eastern Region, has appealed to the Traditional Rulers of the country to use AkwasiDae Celebration and others to support the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.
Nana Afro Odekye, Queen Mother of Suhum Overhead, appealed to the Queen-Mother’s Association of Ghana to add their voices to the Campaign to stop killer robots.
Mr. Arthur Emmanuel, the Ghana country representative of Ed’s World Inc, said the production of autonomous weapons, which the other nations like China, South Korea, Russia, and the United States are now producing, could only be stopped if developing countries like Ghana sign the international treaty to ban killer robots.
Dr. Ms. Ayoola Amale, President WILPF Ghana and National Coordinator of the Campaign to stop killer Robots in Ghana, said the usage of festivals by Chiefs and Queen mothers would easily communicate the message of the Campaign to stop killer robots. Contrary to the belief that Killer Robots could end Sexual violence; Killer robots would not end sexual violence in conflict but would perpetuate it as fully autonomous weapons would not question an order to rape if programmed to do so. Killer Robots would be even less likely to disobey orders to commit rape than human soldiers due to their lack of conscience, empathy, or understanding of the act or consequences of sexual violence.
Mr. Godwin Onogwu, the Project Manager of IHRRI, called on the participants to pass on the Campaign to others who could not make it to the one-day workshop due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions. He further explains that killer robots— are weapons systems that select and engage targets based on sensor inputs Systems, where the objects to be attacked are decided by sensor processing, not by humans, which raises legal, ethical, technical, and security concerns. They would cross the threshold of acceptability and should be prevented and outrightly prohibited.