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 […]

Explosive weapons at the United Nations

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) has been in New York at the United Nations, where the First Committee on Disarmament has been taking place. Governments from around the world meet at First Committee to further efforts to tackle a wide range of weapons that threaten civilians. In a year where we have seen wholesale and […]

Act Now: Charities urge UN leaders to speak out against explosive weapons

AOAV is one of the founding members of the International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW), which since 2011 has brought governments and campaigners together to reduce the suffering caused by the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. The heads of organisations that make up the International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW) have written to […]

Explosive weapons experts meet in Norway

Norway is hosting an expert meeting on explosive weapons in Oslo on 17-18 June. It is a follow up to the expert meeting hosted by Chatham House with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and will look at the impact of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and at […]

Explosive violence in April 2014

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records incidents of explosive violence as they occur around the world. Since 1 October 2010 AOAV has used English-language media sources to capture information on attacks, including on the number of casualties and the weapon type used. This month there were more than 3,000 casualties of explosive violence (people killed […]

“Life here totally sucks”: Syrian civilians still under siege

Twelve people were killed this morning when mortars fell on a school in the Syrian capital Damascus. Two mortar rounds struck the Badr al-Din al-Hussein technical institute, whose students are as young as 14. At this early stage it is not known if students are among the number of casualties, which is thought to include […]

“Enough, we said, enough!” Top UN chiefs condemn the violence in Syria

Today the leaders of the United Nations’ leading humanitarian agencies issued a joint statement calling for urgent action to reduce the suffering in Syria. An urgent plea to stop the bombing of civilians is one of their primary demands, reflecting the terrible role these weapons have played in the conflict. “One year ago”, says the […]