AOAV: all our reports

AOAV records, investigates and disseminates evidence of armed violence against civilians worldwide, to ensure the respect and protection of their rights and to end armed violence against civilians in conflict. This is a list of all reports published by Action on Armed Violence

Militarism examined

This category looks into militaries and militarism, with a focus on Great Britain. From how the UK became one of the world’s leading arms exporters, to why we continue to export to nations with serious human rights concerns, to investigations into the UK’s armed forces, it seeks to challenge the contradictions and failures of British militarism, and the failure of other nations militaries, today.

Manufactured explosive weapons explained

A brief summary of some of the major weapons types and their impact

Improvised Explosive Devices research

Here we list all of AOAV’s key reports that tackle the growing issue of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) around the world.

Environment and explosive violence

AOAV examines the reverberating environmental impacts from the use of explosive weapons.

Gender and violence

We know that when explosive weapons are used in populated areas over 90% of those killed or injured will be civilians. What is less known is the impact on men and women from such violence. AOAV here examines explosive violence in its different forms, looking especially at its gendered impact on communities

Health and explosive violence

AOAV examines the reverberating impacts from the use of explosive weapons.

  • Gaza, Israel, healthcare crisis, war crimes, international humanitarian law, Human Rights Watch

    Gaza healthcare crisis: urgent action required to address alleged unlawful Israeli attacks

    Human Rights Watch's findings reveal repeated and potentially unlawful Israeli attacks on Gaza's healthcare infrastructure, leading to a dire healthcare crisis, warranting immediate international attention and action.

  • Civil Society Statement on the Protection of Civilians in Urban Conflict (2022)

    AOAV is proud to be one of the endorsing NGOs for the Civil Society Statement on the Protection of Civilians in Urban Conflicts, ahead of the UN's annual open debate on the protection of civilians (POC) in armed conflict. Over the past year, the devastating impact of urban warfare on civilians has been made increasingly clear, especially the parallel direct and indirect, short-term and long-term nature of urban warfare's effects on civilians and civilian infrastructure.

Explosive Violence Monthly Reports

Since 2011, AOAV has been recording the global harm wrought by explosive weapons on civilians. Through monitoring English language media reports, we demonstrate consistent patterns of harm arising from the use of explosive violence, in particular their effects on civilian populations. These reports are issued annually with monthly updates.

  • Explosive Violence in March 2024

    In March 2024, Action on Armed Violence recorded 4,156 deaths and injuries from 693 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 86% (3,572) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

  • Explosive Violence in February 2024

    In February 2024, Action on Armed Violence recorded 4,600 deaths and injuries from 703 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 82% (3,762) of the deaths and injuries recorded.