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 27 June, 5,091 casualties from explosive weapon use across 574 incidents; this includes some 4,452 civilian casualties (2,080 killed, 2,372 injured).

Afghanistan: suicide car bomb in eastern province proves to be deadliest blast so far this year

A suicide car bomb was detonated on Friday evening (30 April, 2021) in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 people and injuring more than 90 others.

Nagorno-Karabakh: a rapid descent

A sudden shift in tactics – on both sides – in the Armenian-Azerbaijan conflict has meant that civilians are increasingly being targeted in this decades-long war

Conflict reporting in the 21st century: findings from a one day seminar

On Saturday 8th February, AOAV, Birkbeck College and the Frontline Club hosted the conference ‘Conflict Reporting in the 21st Century’. This is the summary report from that event. 1. CONTEXT AND WHY IT MATTERS Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) have been monitoring the devastating impact of explosive weapons for nine years. Between 2011 and 2018, we recorded […]

The gendered effects of explosive weapons examined: an AOAV-Chatham House review

This is a summary report from a joint AOAV-Chatham House round-table examining gender and explosive weapons that took place on 26th November 2019.

A short review of journalist Nagieb Khaja’s film: ‘Syria: Under Russia’s Fist’

This short film on Al Jazeera called ‘Syria: Under Russia’s Fist’, by filmmakers and journalists Nagieb Khaja and Tom Greenwood, highlights the devastating consequences Russian air strikes have had on the lives of ordinary Syrian civilians. It is a raw and gripping film that should be watched by anyone concerned about the use of explosive weapons […]

The Smerch rocket: A new tornado hits Syrian civilians

Syrian government forces have been using a powerful new rocket launcher not previously seen in the conflict. Video evidence broken on the Brown Moses blog shows the remnants of rockets that have been traced back to the BM-30 ‘Smerch’. Smerch means ‘Tornado’ in Russia, where the weapon is made. It is a multiple-launch rocket system […]

Militants killed by own car bomb in Iraq but most victims there are civilians

At least 21 insurgents have been killed while filming a propaganda video in central Iraq, wires have reported. The car bomb apparently detonated accidentally as the vehicle was being driven along a desert road about 12 miles from the city of Samarra early this afternoon. Twelve other militants were reported wounded. This report is likely […]

In focus: Kristen Rand, Legislative Director of the Violence Policy Center

AOAV:  What is the Violence Policy Centre? Kristen Rand:  We’re a national non-profit organisation, and we do research and policy development and advocacy to reduce gun violence in America. AOAV: What is your main role in the policy centre? Rand:  I’m the legislative director, I handle all of our lobbying and legislative activities.  We are sort […]

UN expert once again highlights the risks of drones and killer robots

In a recent event hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on the UN and Drones, Ben Emmerson, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, once again warned of the inherent risk of the use of armed drones and the rapid development of autonomous weapons systems. The meeting with UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson and Professor […]

Video: the humitarian impact of explosive weapons in populated areas

A short film on the humanitarian impacts of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and the work that the International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW) is doing to address this problem.

The ballad of the sad café: another bloody weekend in Iraq

Iraq’s descent into chaos seems to be happening again.  This weekend, a café in central Iraq was the target of a suicide attack.  This is horror enough, but when you learn that it is the second suicide attack in as many months, it sends out a clear message as to what Iraq has become. This […]