INEW: Open letter to states that have endorsed the Political Declaration on Strengthening the Protection of Civilians Arising from the Use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas

The International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW) addressed an open letter to the 83 states that endorsed the Political Declaration, signed in November 2022, to strengthen the protection of civilians from the humanitarian consequences of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

The use of heavy explosive weapons in Israel and Palestine must stop

INEW urges stopping the use of heavy explosives in populated regions due to rising civilian casualties and infrastructure damage in areas like Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

INEW: Documenting two years of global harm to civilians from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas (2021-2022)

A new report released today by the International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW) presents data on the patterns of harm from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

States adopt first ever international agreement to protect civilians from explosive weapons in populated areas

Over 70 states are expected to sign on to the first international explosive weapons declaration to protect civilians in populated areas, at Dublin Castle, Friday 18 November 2022.

How can engineering-driven approaches complement ongoing advocacy efforts to reduce harm from EWIPA? Dr Jack Denny explains.

Dr Jack Denny, Lecturer at the University of Southampton, talks to AOAV about his research into blast wave propagation in urban environments, and how engineering and data-driven approaches can both inform response strategies and complement ongoing advocacy campaigns to reduce harm from blast injuries.

Open for signature: declaration for the protection of civilians from the use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas

On 18 November, the declaration for the protection of civilians from EWIPA will be open for signature in Dublin.

Geneva, 17 June: States agree on final text of Political Declaration on use of Explosive Weapons in populated areas

This post was originally published by INEW. States Agree on Final Text of Political Declaration on the Use of Explosive Weapons The text of the political declaration on the use of explosive weapons was finalized todayin Geneva with overwhelming support from states. A group of states have already expressed intentions to sign the declaration or […]

Adoption of Explosive Weapons Declaration is a major milestone in the protection of civilians

States, civil society, and international organisations will convene in Geneva on June 17 to finalize a landmark international agreement on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

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 […]

A Tale of Two Cities: an investigation into the use of explosive weapons in Basra and Fallujah, Iraq

A new report launched today shows that the US military’s use of explosive weapons in Fallujah during 2004 disproportionately affected Iraqi civilians when compared to the British use of similar weapons in the battle for Basra in 2003. In A Tale of Two Cities, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) investigated the conduct of British forces in […]

2015: Key dates

This is a list of the major conferences and events in 2015 for advocates and campaigners working to reduce the humanitarian impact of explosive weapons. AOAV will update this list throughout the year. Come back regularly for new dates and events. Month Date Location Event January 30 New York, USA UN Security Council debates on […]

Civilian casualty levels in Afghanistan at their worst for five years

Civilian deaths and injuries last year were at their highest since 2009, says the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). More than 10,000 Afghan civilians were violently killed or injured last year. Earlier this week, UNAMA released its annual report on the situation of civilians in the armed conflict. The report monitors civilian casualties […]