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.

Gaza’s invisible massacre: aid workers killed in record numbers

A stark disparity exists in media coverage and international response to the deaths of international versus national humanitarian workers in conflict zones, despite national aid workers facing far greater risks.

Oslo conference reaffirms global political commitment to addressing use of explosive weapons in populated areas

The first follow-up conference to the EWIPA Declaration in Oslo emphasized the urgent need for global collaboration to protect civilians in conflict zones, celebrated new endorsements, and outlined actionable recommendations for implementing the Declaration.

Gendered patterns in explosive violence: a policy brief on understanding the impact of explosive weapons on women

New research uncovers how societal norms and women’s empowerment influence the disproportionate impact of explosive violence on women in conflict zones, challenging assumptions of gender-neutrality in armed conflicts.

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.

Comparative analysis of hospital attacks in Gaza and Ukraine: 2022-2023

This article analyzes attacks on hospitals in Gaza and Ukraine from 2022 to 2023, highlighting the higher casualty rates in Gaza and the overall frequent targeting of medical facilities, which constitutes a grave violation of international humanitarian norms.

One year on: the shifting landscape of civilian protection and the Dublin Declaration

How protecting civilians from explosive weapon use in populated areas is never more urgent than now.

Alona Savchuk: reporting from the frontlines of Ukraine, a glimpse into a Ukrainian conflict reporter’s life

Ukrainian freelance reporter Alona Savchuk provides insight into her life and career as a conflict journalist, discussing the challenges of reporting during the ongoing war in Ukraine and the importance of empathy in storytelling.

War and the refugee: a call for empathy in an age of intolerance

In his 2023 lecture at the Festival of Writing and Ideas, Dr. Iain Overton reflects on the persistent suffering of war victims throughout history, underscoring the critical need for empathy towards those fleeing from conflict zones, challenging discriminatory media rhetoric, and urging us to recognise our shared humanity in order to foster a compassionate, welcoming society.

The Impact of Explosive Violence on Children: A Global Crisis

Explosive violence in conflict zones has inflicted a devastating toll on children, causing significant casualties, psychological trauma, displacement, and hindering access to education, highlighting the urgent need for global awareness, targeted interventions, and policy changes to protect and support the well-being of these vulnerable young lives.