AOAV calls for greater transparency on the UK government’s treatment of British military Afghan translators

The UK government must improve transparency and data management to ensure Afghan interpreters and their families receive the support and accommodation they deserve.

Action on Armed Violence condemns the imprisonment of whistleblower David McBride for exposing Australian military unlawful killings

Action on Armed Violence condemns the imprisonment of whistleblower David McBride, who exposed Australian military war crimes in Afghanistan, highlighting the need for stronger whistleblower protections.

UK government refuses to disclose arms export licenses to Israel, citing future publication and public affairs concerns

In response to a freedom of information request, the Department for Business and Trade has declined to provide details on arms export licenses to Israel since October 2023, invoking exemptions related to future publication and the effective conduct of public affairs.

Veterans Minister withholds suspects’ names in SAS war crimes inquiry

Johnny Mercer, Veterans Minister, refuses to disclose suspects’ names during a public inquiry into alleged extrajudicial killings by the SAS in Afghanistan, despite acknowledging the severity of the claims

Ministry of Defence refuses to detail Prince Harry’s 25 ‘combat kills’; claims it would cost too much

The British Ministry of Defence has refused a Freedom of Information request by AOAV to disclose details about Prince Harry’s reported killing of 25 Taliban fighters during his military service in Afghanistan.

British military deliberates: is releasing details of alleged war crimes to AOAV in public interest?

The UK Ministry of Defence delays releasing details on alleged war crimes by the UK military, citing a need to balance public interest and investigations, amidst AOAV’s call for transparency and accountability.

Who oversees the SAS? AOAV praises the APPG on Modern Conflict’s report ‘Accountability and Oversight of UK Special Forces’

The report advocates for enhanced parliamentary oversight and accountability of UK Special Forces in response to concerns over the ‘no comment’ policy and the absence of external scrutiny.

Col Richard Kemp runs a charity that raises money for the IDF. Why is this not mentioned by the British media when they use him to speak about Israel and Gaza?

Colonel Richard Kemp, a UK military commentator with pro-Israel leanings, is critiqued for lacking transparency about his direct ties to the IDF, raising questions about his impartiality and the efficacy of his charity’s fundraising model.

Media coverage of individual Gaza strikes only capturing one third of all deaths, AOAV finds 

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.

UK Arms Exports Surge in 2022: an Analysis

Arms exports from the UK surged in 2022, as evidenced today in the Campaign Against Arms Trade’s (CAAT) annual report, raising concerns about its global arms trade involvement.

Is UK defence spending worth it? A call for a national debate about who, in the end, really benefits from Britain’s arms trade

The UK’s significant investment in the defence industry, highlighted by the recent DSEI exhibition, raises concerns about its true beneficiaries, as financial trends suggest international shareholders gain the most, despite defence’s modest contribution to the national economy, necessitating greater transparency, accountability, and a reevaluation of investment priorities for genuine national benefit.

Families’ concerns over restriction orders in Afghan Deaths Inquiry highlight need for transparency

Families of individuals killed by British forces in Afghanistan express concerns over the Ministry of Defence’s requests for restriction orders in the ongoing public inquiry, emphasising the importance of transparency and access to information.