The Ministry of Secrets? Patterns of secrecy and accountability evasion revealed in the MoD

AOAV’s research highlights the Ministry of Defence’s troubling patterns of secrecy, delays, and accountability evasion, calling for urgent reforms in its transparency practices.

British surgeon targeted in Gaza by guided missile: a firsthand account of survival and injustice

Mr. Amer Shoaib, a decorated British military veteran and consultant orthopaedic surgeon, speaks to Iain Overton of AOAV about being bombed in a deconflicted safe house in Gaza by a plane partly-made in the UK.

Landmark inquiry raises allegations of human rights violations by British troops in Kenya

A public inquiry into alleged human rights abuses by British troops in Kenya reveals distressing testimonies from victims, prompting calls for justice and accountability.

AOAV calls for greater transparency on the UK government’s treatment of British military Afghan translators

The UK government must improve transparency and data management to ensure Afghan interpreters and their families receive the support and accommodation they deserve.

Have the IDF become addicted to explosions? Investigation reveals extent of demolitions carried out across Gaza

Using social media posts from IDF soldiers, Bellingcat tracked the activities of the 8219 Commando, a combat engineering battalion, revealing their extensive involvement in demolitions across Gaza.

Opinion: Conservative minister Johnny Mercer’s refusal to disclose identities of critical witnesses in SAS war crimes inquiry undermines the rule of law

Veterans Minister Johnny Mercer’s decision not to provide whistleblower names to an independent inquiry into alleged British special forces war crimes in Afghanistan raises critical concerns about the supremacy of democratic principles and the rule of law over personal loyalties.

Arizona court allows Mexico’s lawsuit against U.S. gun dealers to proceed

In a landmark ruling, an Arizona federal court has decided that Mexico can move forward with its lawsuit against U.S. gun stores and distributors, accusing them of facilitating firearms trafficking to cartels.

SAS members detained over alleged war crimes in Syria comes amid wider scrutiny of Britain’s ‘elite’ forces

British military police have detained five SAS members for alleged war crimes in Syria, spotlighting the elite unit’s conduct amidst ongoing investigations into unlawful killings in Afghanistan and involvement in a domestic drug network

The dates and number of those allegedly murdered by UK Special Forces in Afghanistan

AOAV details the evidence of widespread extrajudicial killings by UK Special Forces in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, with at least 26 specific operations and 84 Afghan males killed, including children.

Ukraine: uncovering the devastation of Mariupol

The report “‘Our City Was Gone’: Russia’s Devastation of Mariupol, Ukraine” by Human Rights Watch, Truth Hounds, and SITU Research documents the extensive civilian and infrastructural damage caused by the Russian military assault on Mariupol in 2022, calling for accountability for apparent war crimes.

Ministry of Defence refuses to detail Prince Harry’s 25 ‘combat kills’; claims it would cost too much

The British Ministry of Defence has refused a Freedom of Information request by AOAV to disclose details about Prince Harry’s reported killing of 25 Taliban fighters during his military service in Afghanistan.

British military deliberates: is releasing details of alleged war crimes to AOAV in public interest?

The UK Ministry of Defence delays releasing details on alleged war crimes by the UK military, citing a need to balance public interest and investigations, amidst AOAV’s call for transparency and accountability.