AOAV’s Explosive Violence Monitor
AOAV is the leading NGO in the world collating global data on the burden of explosive weapons on civilians. With a focus towards ending the use of explosive weapons with wide area effects in populated areas, we monitor the use of all forms of explosive weapons around the world. These include manufactured types, such as rockets, artillery shells and aircraft bombs, as well as improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Our findings are highlighted in the reports below.
Explosive truths: Monitoring explosive violence in 2016
In 2016, AOAV recorded 45,624 deaths and injuries from explosive weapons in 2,300 incidents. Of these, 70% were civilians. When explosive weapons were used in towns and cities, that rose to 90%.
Patterns of Harm: Five years of AOAV explosive violence data (2011 – 2015)
5 years of data starkly reveals harm wrought by explosive violence in civilians around the world.
Unacceptable Harm: AOAV’s Explosive Violence Monitor 2015
Global explosive violence harm to civilians rose for the fourth year running, up over 50% since 2011.
Explosive States: AOAV’s Explosive Violence Monitor 2014
Global civilian casualties from explosive violence in 2014 increased for the third year running, up 5% from 2013.
Explosive Events: AOAV’s Explosive Violence Monitor 2013
Data shows that civilian deaths and injuries in 2013 from explosive weapons increased by 15%, up from 2012.
An Explosive Situation: AOAV’s Explosive Violence Monitor 2012
AOAV’s report on “An Explosive Situation” investigates the true cost in 2012 of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.
Explosive Harm: AOAV’s Explosive Violence Monitor 2011
AOAV’s first report on the casualties caused by explosive weapons around the world, analysing more than 2,000 recorded incidents in 2011.
AOAV’s monitoring project, launched in October 2010, uses English-language media reports to capture information on who has been killed and injured by incidents of explosive violence. Between 2011 and 2016 we have seen an almost 48% rise in civilian deaths and injuries around the world as a result of explosive violence.
In 2016, AOAV recorded 45,624 total deaths and injuries as a result of explosive violence around the world. Of these, 70% were civilians (32,088). In 2015, AOAV recorded 43,786 total deaths and casualties as a result of explosive violence around the world. Of these, 76% were civilians (33,307). In 2014, AOAV recorded 41,847 total deaths and casualties as a result of explosive violence around the world. Of these, 78% were civilians (32,662). In 2013, AOAV recorded 37,809 total deaths and injuries as a result of explosive violence. Of these, 82% were civilians (31,076). In 2012, AOAV recorded 34,758 total deaths and injuries as a result of explosive violence. Of these,78% were civilians (27,025). In 2011, AOAV recorded 30,127 total deaths and injuries as a result of explosive violence. Of these, 71% were civilians (21,499).
AOAV is a founding member of the International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW). We believe, as our data clearly shows, that the use of explosive weapons in populated areas tends to cause severe harm to individuals and communities. We believe that this suffering can and should be reduced so that unnecessary deaths and injuries can be prevented.