Geneva, 16 June 2022: Ireland to present final draft of declaration to protect civilians from explosive weapons in populated areas

On Friday 17 June, at the UN Palais in Geneva, Ireland will present the final draft of the Political Declaration on Strengthening the Protection of Civilians from the Humanitarian Consequences Arising from the Use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas.

AOAV discusses victims rights and humanitarian disarmament in Geneva

Last week, during the Mine Ban Treaty and Convention on Cluster Munitions Intersessional meetings in Geneva, Action On Armed Violence held a side event to present our new publication, “Writing the Rights: Highlighting the International Standards on the Rights of Victims of Armed Violence.” The side event familiarised the audience with the report and jumpstart […]

Stop bombing civilians: A call to Syria’s conflict parties ahead of peace talks

Ahead of the first-ever meetings to negotiate an end to the Syrian conflict, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) calls for a commitment from all parties to end the use of heavy explosive weapons in populated areas. The UN-backed talks in Geneva this week mark the first time that conflict parties, including the Syrian government, come […]

States take first step towards curbing the threat of killer robots

As a member of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, AOAV welcomes the historic decision taken by nations to begin international discussions on how to address the challenges posed by autonomous weapons systems. In a landmark move, the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW), meeting in Geneva, agreed to hold discussions on killer robots in […]

Noel Sharkey discusses killer robots on BBC Radio 4’s the Today Programme, ahead of UN decision

Member States to the Convention of Conventional Weapons will decide tomorrow whether to consider autonomous weapons systems, or killer robots, under the current treaty. Ahead of what could be a landmark decision towards a moratorium against the development of these weapons, Professor Noel Sharkey, chair of ICRAC and founding member of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, discusses […]

UN: Seize the opportunity for action on killer robots

States should seize the opportunity to take international action to prevent the creation of fully autonomous robot weapons that, once activated, would select and engage targets without human intervention, said the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots today at an event at the United Nations in Geneva. Later this week, States Parties to the Convention on […]

Governments to decide whether to start talks on killer robots

At next week’s annual meeting of States Parties to the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), governments will discuss whether autonomous weapon systems, or killer robots, should be considered under the current treaty. The CCW was introduced in 1980 and was designed to prohibit or restrict weapons of concern, such as landmines, incendiary weapons or blinding […]

Stop Killer Robots: the campaign’s outreach to the UN

Members of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots met for a major outreach event in Geneva in May, supporting the delivery of the UN expert report on lethal autonomous robotic weapons at the Human Rights Council. The campaign’s outreach targeted governments, media, civil society and UN representatives, hoping to start a broad international discussion on the issue of “killer robots” […]

Espen Barth Eide

Espen Barth Eide Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide has served as Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs since September 2012, previously he held the position of Minister of Defence. Norway has been a leading supporter of disarmament and arms control efforts, and played an important role in the diplomatic processes to ban landmines […]

Where has the money gone? Victims of armed violence struggle for help despite Mine Ban Treaty

AOAV reports from this week’s Intersessional Meeting of the Mine Ban Treaty in Geneva.

Yemen responds to allegations of antipersonnel mine use

Yemeni officials respond to allegations government forces have used antipersonnel mines – a serious violation of the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty.