17th February 2021

Joint Interfaith Statement on Killer Robots – A Plea for Preserving Our Shared Humanity

  • Disarmament
  • Stopping Killer Robots

On the occasion of the first International Day of Human Fraternity, Soka Gakkai International worked together with Pax Christi Northern California and the World Council of Churches to issue a joint interfaith statement “A Plea for Preserving Our Shared Humanity” in support of the work of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. The statement reads, in part:

Our shared belief in the inalienable dignity of the human person and the inestimable worth of human life demands our vigilance toward new forms of military technology that mediate the use of lethal force, especially in armed conflict and policing. An urgent and firm rejection of the development of fully autonomous weapons is essential to preserving our shared humanity.

Faith organizations within the Campaign and beyond are encouraged to endorse the statement. The current list of endorsing organizations below will be updated periodically.

Endorsing Organizations (as of 1 July 2021)

A Gandhi Team
Accion Ciudadana Frente a la Pobreza
Ahora Querétaro
Buddhist Council of New York
CA JustFaith East Bay
Casa Común
Centro de Estudios Ecuménicos-México
Christian Council of Nigeria, Institute of Church and Society, Ibadan
Derechos de la Infancia y la Adolescencia
Ecumenical Peace Institute/CALC
Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR-USA)
Finnish Christian Peace Association
Foundation for Environmental Rights, Advocacy & Development (FENRAD Nigeria)
Franciscan Action Network
Gatef Organization
Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office
Mexican Communion of Reformed and Presbyterian Churches (CMIRP)
Muslim Peace Fellowship
Newman Hall Non-violent Committee
NorCal Sabeel
On Earth Peace
Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service
Pastoral Social, Iglesia Anglicana de México
Pax Christi Australia
Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore
Pax Christi USA
Pax Christi Vlaanderen
Religions for Peace Australia
Religions for Peace USA
Soka Gakkai International
Somali Human Rights Association (SOHRA)
St Columba’s Episcopal Church
Sustainable Peace and Development Organization, Pakistan
World Council of Churches
World Yoga Community

Observed on 4 February, the International Day of Human Fraternity was established by the UN General Assembly, through Resolution 75/200, in order to promote dialogue between members of every faith and an awareness of the common values shared by all humankind.