Increasing government spending on defense and military equipment came second to protecting civilians. Press corps representatives Haley Lippard and Akriti Sethi report live from the Legal Committee as delegates turn their backs on the legalization of military drones.
It was not just the frosty New Haven air that gave delegates of the Legal Committee cold feet, as they had some herculean decisions to make on Friday, January 21, 2017. The German delegation stood strongly against the humanitarian atrocities caused by drone strikes.“We’re trying to create a legal guideline which will protect victimized or could potentially be a target of drone strikes.” The delegate went on saying that “It will also give drone using nations, as well as the international community, a concrete set of laws to remove the ‘grey area.’” The grey area being the sector of uncertainty.
The originally diverse opinions were eventually unified as the delegates of Brazil, China, Yemen, Korea and Spain agreed to permit military drones provided strong regulation and supervision from individual governments.
The French delegation emphasized the need to isolate private military companies as they often acquire top notch military gear, including illegally produced unmanned aerial vehicles.
The delegate of Libya said that drones are required for internal safety. Further research and investigation revealed that Libya may have ulterior motives as plans for an American drone base in Nigeria and other bordering countries have larger regional and public implications.. Despite Libya’s reluctance, popular opinion was to ban the usage of drones, citing multiple attacks by terrorist organizations, such as by ISIS in 2016. Whether the committee stands firmly on the ground that it has recognized or moves in a new direction, we shall know soon.