Ahead of the upcoming Queen’s Speech, on 10 May, when plans to repeal and replace the Human Rights Act (HRA) are expected to be announced, AOAV and over 50 other human rights organisations have signed a letter in an urgent appeal to the Prime Minister. The letter warns that repealing the Act will have dire and widespread consequences for the UK, both domestically and internationally.

UK arms exports to Bangladesh

Bangladesh: Country overview Bangladesh, with a population of over 162 million, is one of the world’s most densely populated countries. Located in south-eastern Asia, bordering India and Myanmar and boasting a capital called Dhaka, it is a secular, pluralistic, parliamentary democracy, ruled by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and President Abdul Hamid. The state religion is […]

UK arms exports to the Central African Republic

Central African Republic: Country overview The Central African Republic (CAR) is a landlocked nation in Central Africa, bordering Chad, South Sudan, Cameroon and Congo, with an estimated population of 4.5 million. The CAR’s political framework is that of a semi-presidential republic, where the president is head of state and the prime minister is the head of […]

Explosive violence at the United Nations: Roundup of key discussions

Courtesy of INEW. The humanitarian impact of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, and the action that states should take towards improving civilian protection from the grave humanitarian harm caused, were discussed at an INEW side event to the Mine Ban Treaty intersessional meetings on 26 June, chaired by Richard Moyes of INEW […]

Commemorating the right to truth and the dignity of victims

March 24th is the International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims. In 2010, the UN General Assembly proclaimed this day to be commemorated, and so it will be at AOAV. The purpose of the day is to honour the memory of victims of […]

UN commission condemns worsening explosive violence in Syria

The United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria yesterday issued a stinging rebuke to the warring sides in the country, pointing out the harrowing effect that explosive weapons have on civilians. The commission alleges that after three years of fighting, the conflict is worsening: “The indiscriminate and disproportionate shelling and aerial bombardment of civilian-inhabited […]

Human Rights Day – A call to recognise and protect the rights of victims of armed violence

  Yesterday, December 10, was Human Rights Day. Proclaimed in 1950 by the UN General Assembly, it celebrates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Since then, the world has seen great advancement towards the international protection of human rights. But today we must remember that much remains to be done. […]

UN expert once again highlights the risks of drones and killer robots

In a recent event hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on the UN and Drones, Ben Emmerson, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, once again warned of the inherent risk of the use of armed drones and the rapid development of autonomous weapons systems. The meeting with UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson and Professor […]

In focus: Alexandra Hernandez, Asesoría de Paz

Alexandra Hernandez is a lawyer, specialised in Administrative Law and Peace Counsellor at the Santiago de Cali Municipality. AOAV: Can you please explain your work? Alexandra Hernandez: The ‘Asesoría de Paz’ of the Cali municipality has three basic functions: One is of social nature, through which we manage the DPS (Department for Social Prosperity) against extreme poverty. […]

Assistance to victims of explosive weapon use in populated areas

The international norm of the obligations on States to assist victims is well established.(1) AOAV believes that its application should include universal assistance to all victims of armed violence. This is especially important for those who are harmed by the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, because of the massive human cost and long-lasting […]

Ramita Navai

Ramita Navai is a British-Iranian journalist and a reporter for Channel 4’s foreign affairs series Unreported World. Navai worked as the Tehran correspondent for The Times from 2003 to 2006, and covered events such as parliamentary and presidential elections, human rights cases and the escalating nuclear crisis. She has reported from Afghanistan in 2005 investigating […]

Marcela Turati

Marcela Turati is an investigative journalist at Mexican news magazine Proceso. In 2007, she co-founded journalism organisation Periodistas de a Pie [Journalists on Foot], an initiative to connect and support journalists covering high-risk issues such poverty, civic participation and human rights. Turati focuses on violence, human rights and the drug trade within her native Mexico, and […]