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).

“This should be seen as an atmosphere of violence” – AirPressure reveals the extent of Israeli incursions over Lebanon skies

Research published this Thursday reveals exactly how pervasive the presence of Israeli jets and surveillance drones has been over the skies of Lebanon: over the last 15 years, new organisation AirPressure has recorded 22, 111 Israeli military aircraft violating Lebanese airspace.

“The coalition started to think about civilian casualties as a strategic problem” – Dr Thomas Gregory on how civilian casualties informed warfare

Dr Thomas Gregory talks with Professor Mike Spagat about his article, Calibrating violence: Body counts as a weapon of war (European Journal of International Security).

At Least 62 Killed in Russian Strike on School

At least 62 people were killed in a Russian airstrike on a school, on Saturday 7 May 2022. 90 people were using the school as a shelter in the village of Bilohorivka, and following the strike, 30 have been pulled from the rubble.

A short history of suicide bombing

This report offers a brief overview of the growth of the suicide bomber as a weapon of war, from sporadic early attempts, to the development of the situation we see today – where there are weekly incidents of suicide bombings around the world. For a more detailed review of the history of the suicide bomber, […]

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 […]

Conflict reporting in the 21st century: summary report

On Saturday 8th February 2020, AOAV convened a one-day conference at Birkbeck College and in partnership with the Frontline Club. It aimed at interrogating how journalists can hold perpetrators to account for civilian harm, assessing the changing nature of journalism in conflict reporting, and debating the new techniques available to journalists to do this. Public […]

AOAV invites you to a conference on ‘Conflict Reporting in the 21st Century’

On the 8th February, 2020, Action on Armed Violence are hosting a one-day symposium called ‘Conflict Reporting in the 21st Century’. Please book your tickets here. We have partnered with the Frontline Club and Birkbeck College to bring together leading conflict reporters, photo-journalists, film makers and investigators to discuss the main challenges and issues facing […]

Gender and mental health in the Syrian conflict

By January 2013, less than two years into the Syrian conflict, there were only three public mental health facilities in Syria remaining. Between late December 2012 and early January 2013, one of these facilities, the Ibn Khaldun Psychiatric Hospital, suffered severe shelling and bombardment. The intensity of this attack forced doctors to flee the hospital, […]

Burundi’s Election Crisis: John’s Story

Since February 2015, AOAV has implemented “Bumbatira Amahoro” (Support Peace) in collaboration with the Centre d’Encadrement et de Developpement des Anciens Combattants (CEDAC) and with financial support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO).  The project brings together over 2,000 political party youth leaders, ex-combatants, and unemployed youth to […]

Supporting victims and survivors of gun violence

  Behind every weapon there is a person involved who controls it, and in front of the weapon will most likely be a civilian who will be injured or killed by it. Finding solutions to violence from small arms and light weapons is a must, but it is also a duty to respond to the […]

Promises not delivered: the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

As William Hague and Angelina Jolie officially opened the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict last week, they delivered a number of key messages. William Hague told watching media, the public, and civil society members, that impunity must end, and that there must be no ‘safe havens’ for perpetrators. We were told that […]