Gaza Ministry of Health releases detailed new casualty data amidst confusion of UN’s death numbers in Gaza

The Gaza Ministry of Health recently released a detailed yet flawed list of war fatalities, revealing that 54.4% of the recorded deaths are women or children, while UNOCHA’s handling of Gaza death numbers, highlighted by contradictory infographics, has exacerbated the confusion surrounding the actual death toll.

Ukraine: AOAV explosive violence data on harm to civilians

In the Ukrainian conflict, AOAV has recorded up to the 23 Feb, 23, 440 casualties from explosive weapon use across 4, 944 incidents; this includes some 19, 926 civilian casualties.

Every Casualty Counts (ECC) releases comprehensive report on casualty recording

Every Casualty Counts (ECC) released a comprehensive report outlining states’ legal obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law to accurately record casualties in armed conflicts and human rights violations, aiming to improve recognition, acknowledgement, and support for victims and their families.

How can engineering-driven approaches complement ongoing advocacy efforts to reduce harm from EWIPA? Dr Jack Denny explains.

Dr Jack Denny, Lecturer at the University of Southampton, talks to AOAV about his research into blast wave propagation in urban environments, and how engineering and data-driven approaches can both inform response strategies and complement ongoing advocacy campaigns to reduce harm from blast injuries.

Casualty reporting in Ukraine: AOAV debate in UK Houses of Parliament with Nobel Peace Prize winner Oleksandra Matviychuk

In July 2022, AOAV convened a meeting in the Houses of Parliament to discuss casualty recording in Ukraine.

The Casualties of Ukraine: an invitation to a discussion in the UK Houses of Parliament (4th July 4pm)

Casualty recording in Ukraine: what are the challenges and necessities of recording civilian casualties in the current war?

Afghan civilians face greatest threat from explosive weapons, say UN

This month the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released its annual report on the state of civilian protection in the country. Once again, explosive weapons were the leading cause of civilian casualties. Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) stood out as weapons of particular concern. They accounted for more than a third of all civilian […]

Assistance to victims of explosive weapon use in populated areas

The international norm of the obligations on States to assist victims is well established.(1) AOAV believes that its application should include universal assistance to all victims of armed violence. This is especially important for those who are harmed by the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, because of the massive human cost and long-lasting […]

In focus: Ivan Darío Ramírez, Corporación Paz y Democracia in Colombia

AOAV: What does the Peace and Democracy Corporation do? Ivan Darío Ramírez: We have an observatory in Medellín, Colombia, that looks at the impacts that violence and conflict have upon the population. We publish reports, document cases and we also do political incidence with the local government in order for them to assume their own responsibilities […]

Thoughts on violence: Michael Spagat, University of London

Professor Michael Spagat is the Head of the Economics Department at the Royal Holloway, University of London. He holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard and a BA in Economics and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences from Northwestern.  He is also a research fellow of the CEPR, the Davidson Institute and the Households in Conflict […]

In focus: Hamit Dardagan on why we need casualty recording

We’ve met Hamit Dardagan, Co-Director of Oxford Research Group’s Every Casualty programme, who told us why casualty recording is so crucial in armed violence reduction. Who is Hamit Dardagan? Hamit Dardagan is Co-Director of Oxford Research Group’s Every Casualty programme. Hamit became ORG’s Consultant on Civilian Casualties in War in 2007. With John Sloboda, he now co-directs […]

Thoughts on Violence: Héctor Guerra

Mexican activist and academic Héctor Guerra explains why the levels of armed violence in Mexico remind of a conflict zone and how the issue is going beyond the traditional hot spots.