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AOAV data cited in Guardian article: Rules of war ‘need urgent review’ as civilian deaths hit record high

Action on Armed Violence’s data was cited today, November 24th 2017, in an article in The Guardian about the need for a review of the rules of war, in response to the increasing levels of civilian casualties from the use of explosive weapons in conflicts.

As the article states: ‘The record number of civilians killed or injured by explosive weapons in worldwide conflicts last year has prompted calls for UN member states to conduct an urgent review of military rules of engagement’.

The article cites AOAV’s casualty figures from the Explosive Violence Monitor, which recorded more than 32,000 civilian deaths or injuries from explosive weapons in 2016, representing 70% of all deaths and injuries from such violence. When explosive weapons are used in populated areas, more than 90% of those killed and injured are civilians.

The figures were reported in a paper submitted by Germany to the UN’s convention on certain conventional weapons (CWW), where the harm caused by explosives in populated areas is due to be discussed for the first time.

For the the key findings from our 2016 Explosive Weapons Monitor report, please see here.

The Guardian article can be read here.