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).
This is an extract from Iain Overton's, AOAV's Executive Director, book: The Price of Paradise: how the suicide bombers shaped the modern age. It is published in memory of those killed two decades ago.
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”.
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).
In 2018, 236 minors were killed by airstrikes in Afghanistan. Another 256 were injured, leaving a total of 492 child casualties This was an 85% increase on the year before, resulting in a rate of four child casualties every three days.
A request asking how many airstrikes were conducted by the RAF over populated areas in Iraq and Syria has been rejected, with the MOD not holding “the information on the subject”.
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.
Of the 73 destinations that the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) lists as “subject to arms embargo, trade sanctions and other trade restrictions”, 58 have had approval to receive goods that fall under ‘military use exports’ between January 2015 and June 2020.
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.
This is a list of all reports published by Action on Armed Violence
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.
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
A brief summary of some of the major weapons types and their impact
AOAV examines the reverberating environmental impacts from the use of explosive weapons.
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.