Since 2012, cadets from Mali, Niger, Egypt, Thailand, Burundi, Sudan, Chad and Gabon attended the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. All countries have witnessed military coups since 2012.
AOAV critically examines the UK’s lack of a comprehensive policy on reparations for civilian harm caused by its military operations and proposes significant reforms to align with international humanitarian law and ensure justice for affected civilians.
How protecting civilians from explosive weapon use in populated areas is never more urgent than now.
Human Rights Watch’s findings reveal repeated and potentially unlawful Israeli attacks on Gaza’s healthcare infrastructure, leading to a dire healthcare crisis, warranting immediate international attention and action.
The “Operation Swords of Iron” in Gaza, October 2023, has seen a significant surge in civilian deaths from airstrikes, with fatalities per strike exceeding past operations and raising questions about adherence to international humanitarian law.
The UN is gathering evidence of potential war crimes by both Israeli forces and Palestinian combatants, as actions violating international humanitarian law have been reported since October 7th.
An analysis of English language reporting of the explosive violence in Gaza and Israel by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) has revealed that media coverage may only capture a third of the actual civilian deaths from specific explosive incidents in Gaza.
The UK High Court ruled against the Campaign Against Arms Trade’s (CAAT) judicial review, allowing the UK Government to continue licensing arms sales to Saudi Arabia, despite widespread concerns of humanitarian law violations in Yemen.
AOAV’s analysis exposes a significant gap between documented civilian casualties and official reports, prompting calls for transparency and accountability in RAF airstrikes, as UK Minister James Heappey emphasizes the importance of collaboration with civil society and learning from US practices to address concerns and ensure accurate reporting of civilian harm.
Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) echoes the urgent call of Human Rights Watch, condemning the Myanmar military’s use of “thermobaric” munitions in an attack on a civilian-populated area, an act that is potentially a war crime and resulted in the tragic loss of over 160 lives.
The Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights report highlights that the UK’s growing military partnerships risk increased civilian harm and decreased accountability, urging the need for stronger civilian harm mitigation policies.
Amnesty International reports indiscriminate attacks causing civilian casualties and displacement in Las Anod, Somaliland, and calls for an independent investigation, accountability, and access to humanitarian aid amid a crisis compounded by drought.