In 2021, AOAV recorded 19,473 deaths and injuries as a result of the use of explosive weapons around the world. Civilians continued to suffer disproportionately, accounting for 59% of total casualties, with 11,102 civilian deaths and injuries.
Eden Elouisa Spence asks: why has the UK government's focus on defence been at the detriment of humanitarian aid?
In the Ukrainian conflict, AOAV – which takes its sources from reputable English language media – has recorded up to the 20 May, 3, 758 casualties from explosive weapon use across 346 incidents; this includes some 3, 293 civilian casualties (1,716 killed, 1,577 injured).
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on the 24th of February 2022 has sent shockwaves across Europe and the world, as the longstanding territorial conflict between to two countries disintegrated into an aggressive, full-scale Russian attack on the independent European democracy of 44 million people.
Drawing on user-generated content, AOAV has identified some of the primary weapons in Russia’s land and air arsenals, currently being used to wage war in Ukraine.
On 4 August 2020, an enormous explosion occurred at the Port of Beirut in Lebanon. More than 200 people were killed and over 6,000 were injured as the blast destroyed residential areas, hospitals and schools. AOAV set out to record and examine the harm caused by this unnecessary tragedy.
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).
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).
This category looks at the impact of explosive violence in Ukraine since 2014. In that time, of all civilian casualties by explosive weapon use recorded, 88% were in populated areas.
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.