Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have wreaked havoc worldwide, killing and maiming thousands, and spreading fear and disruption to affected communities. Rendering IEDs safe has traditionally been the remit of military explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) personnel, rather than the humanitarian mine action (HMA) sector.
At least 112 deminers have been killed globally since 2005 whilst on operations, a study by Action on Armed Violence has found.
In this report, Action on Armed Violence presents the findings from ten years’ worth of data (2011 – 2020) collected as part of AOAV’s Explosive Violence Monitoring Project (EVMP).
British forces paid compensation for the deaths of at least 289 civilians in Afghanistan, including as many as 86 children, during their combat mission, according to new analysis by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV).
The UK has authorised the sale of sniper rifles to three countries identified by the Government as among the worst for human rights, according to analysis by AOAV.
Research shows that at least 15 buildings taller than 5 floors were struck by explosive weapons in the 2021 crisis
When asked for the number of civilian casualties linked to British military activity in a variety of countries over the past 20 years, the MOD responded that the information is “not held”.
IEDs were the primary cause of death for both UK and US militaries in the ‘War on Terror’. As a proportion of total force size, a UK soldier was twenty per cent more likely to be killed by an IED than their US counterpart.
This is a list of all reports published by Action on Armed Violence
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.
A brief summary of some of the major weapons types and their impact
The impact of explosive violence on children is devastating and commonplace. This section examines the short- and long-term effects of explosive weapon use on children around the world.
AOAV examines the reverberating environmental impacts from the use of explosive weapons.
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
AOAV examines the reverberating impacts from the use of explosive weapons.
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.