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.

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 […]

Conferences, meetings and days to help reduce armed violence in 2014

This is a list of the remaining major international conferences and meetings that are set to discuss armed violence reduction around the world: When? Where? What? Who? 20/01-28/03 Geneva, Switzerland Conference on Disarmament 2014; Part 1 UN 22/01-24/01 Berlin, Germany Berlin Sessions on Humanitarian Disarmament 27/01-28/01 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Measuring justice and violence; indicators […]

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, […]

Say no to possible US use of cluster munitions in Syria intervention

The Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC), of which AOAV is a member, urges all 112 countries that have joined the Convention on Cluster Munitions to help ensure that the weapons are not used by the United States in any military action in Syria. “Cluster munitions used by the Syrian regime have already caused numerous civilian casualties […]

Fact sheet: Cluster bombs

Cluster bombs have killed and injured thousands of civilians during their history of use and continue to do so today. They cause widespread harm on impact and yet remain dangerous, killing and injuring civilians long after a conflict has ended. One third of all recorded cluster munitions casualties are children. 60% of cluster bomb casualties […]

Ken Rutherford

Ken Rutherford Co-founder of Survivor Corps, Director of the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery Ken Rutherford was injured in Somalia by a landmine while working for the International Rescue Committee. Both of his legs eventually had to be amputated. In 1995, together with Jerry White, Rutherford co-founded the Landmine Survivors Network which went on […]

Togo: pushing states to sign up the the ban on Cluster Munitions

AOAV reports from the conference on universalizing the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Lomé.

Remembering the victims of chemical weapons

As evidence of chemical weapon use in Syria is getting more and more conclusive, the International Day of Remembrance for Victims of Chemical Weapons urges to stop and take stock of the terrible impact such weapons have on civilians and combatants alike.

Presentation on casualty recording at the Convention on Cluster Munitions Intersessionals

Serena Olgiati’s presentation on casualty recording at the Convention on Cluster Munitions Intersessionals on 15 April 2013.