Ukraine: AOAV explosive violence data on harm to civilians

In the Ukrainian conflict, AOAV – which takes its sources from reputable English language media – has recorded up to the 29 June, 5,260 casualties from explosive weapon use across 585 incidents; this includes some 4,621 civilian casualties (2,125 killed, 2,496 injured).

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.

An Eye on Violence: who is keeping a watch on armed violence

There are powerful arguments supporting the monitoring of violence around the world. The current situation in Syria is kept on the front pages in part because journalists are able to report on the terrible numbers impacted by the ongoing civil war. In the Balkans, post-conflict resolution was often only possible because of comprehensive attempts to […]

What is the role of tanks in warfare today?

70 years ago today the Russian sky over the city of Kursk was lit up by a blaze of explosions.  Soldiers recalled later how the earth shook with the ensuing bombardment that was unleashed. Then, as dawn broke on the 5th July 1943, the first waves of a German panzer battalion began their push across […]

Sarah Holewinski

Sarah Holewinski Executive Director of the Center for Civilians in Conflict Sarah Holewinski is Executive Director of the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC). CIVIC advocates for combatants to show greater responsibility to civilians before, during and after conflict. This includes calling on warring parties to provide recognition and assistance to civilian victims. Their work […]

Reclaiming protection of civilians under International Humanitarian Law: Intervention by AOAV’s CEO Steve Smith

AOAV’s CEO Steve Smith stresses the importance of casualty recording in Oslo on 23 May 2013.