‘Our Main Motto is – Survive’: The Scarred Suburbs of Saltivka, Ukraine

Ukraine’s second biggest city, Kharkiv, has suffered from thousands of missile attacks since Russia’s invasion. How are residents dealing with the destruction?

Global Push Against Cluster Munitions: Major Strides in Stockpile Elimination

Three nations have eradicated their cluster munitions stockpiles, bolstering global opposition against the weapon, amid concerns of its use by non-signatory countries.

AOAV echoes alarm over Russian cluster munitions in Ukraine in Human Rights Watch findings

Action on Armed Violence reports on the alarming use of deadly cluster munitions in Ukraine by both Russian and Ukrainian forces, backed by the recent findings from Human Rights Watch (HRW), and urges an immediate halt to the use and procurement of these indiscriminate weapons.

Civilians still being harmed by cluster munitions, 15 years after Convention ratified by 123 states

May 30 marked 15 years since the Convention on Cluster Munitions was adopted in Dublin. In the face of continuing harm from these weapons across the globe, Human Rights Watch called for greater international efforts to ensure its goals are achieved.

10 people killed and 77 injured in rocket attack on IDP settlements in Idlib, Syria, 6 Nov

On 6 November, 10 people were killed and 77 injured in rocket attacks on IDP camps near Kafr Jales, Idlib.

7 killed and 19 injured in Russian cluster bomb strike on a bus stop in Mykolaiv’s Korabelnyi district, Ukraine, 29 July

7 civilians were killed and 19 injured when a Russian cluster bomb targeted a bus stop in Mykolaiv’s Korabelnyi district, 29 July.

AOAV presents at the United Nations

Governments from around the world have been meeting in Geneva in recent to measure the progress made in banning and limiting some of the world’s most dangerous weapons. At meetings of both the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) and the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), Action on Armed Violence has taken the stage to […]

UK financial institutions investing £1.1 billion in cluster bomb producers

A new report released today by the Dutch peace group IKV Pax Christi shows that UK financial institutions are investing £1.1 billion in overseas companies that produce cluster bombs. Cluster bombs are illegal weapons banned by the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions. The UK has ratified the Convention but has not yet made it explicit […]

Cluster Munitions: AOAV joins nations in condemning Syrian use

The international treaty banning cluster munitions is gaining in strength despite Syria’s use of the weapons, Action on Armed Violence joined in others in saying as a diplomatic meeting of the convention concluded in Lusaka, Zambia. “Zambia showed clear intent to take a proactive lead in encouraging universalisation of the Convention, and states were lining up […]

More than 100 countries gather for cluster munition ban meeting in Zambia

The more than 100 governments attending the Fourth Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions this week should strongly condemn Syria’s use of the weapon, said the Cluster Munition Coalition as the meeting opened today in Lusaka, Zambia. Syrian government forces began using cluster munitions in 2012 and the use has continued into 2013, […]

AOAV to attend the Fourth Meeting of State Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, Lusaka, Zambia.

Next week there is to be a major Cluster Munition Convention in Lusaka, Zambia. More than 100 countries are gathering for the fourth annual meeting of the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions to report on progress to eradicate cluster munitions. The Cluster Munition Coalition, of which AOAV is a member, believes that that every country in the […]

A step backwards: sale of US cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia

Today’s announcement of a massive deal for US firm Textron to make more than a thousand new cluster bombs for Saudi Arabia is a regressive step that goes against the norms of the treaty that outlawed these weapons in 2008. In a deal announced today, Saudi Arabia will buy 1,300 new CBU-105 cluster bombs. The […]