Asylum Seekers in the UK: Escaping the World’s Deadliest Zones

Recent data from Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) coupled with records from Care4Calais shed light on the acute dangers that many asylum seekers coming to the UK face in their homelands.

Britain’s Special Forces on service in at least 19 countries since 2011

The UK’s Special Forces have been reported on operations in almost twenty countries in just over 10 years. Here we outline why this might be concern.

UK Ministry of Defence reveals Defence Loan Service Personnel expenditure

Data on costs associated with Defence Loan Service Personnel to 85 countries, including human rights priority nations, reveal global cost of up to £40m in 2022.

Explosive Violence in November 2022

In November 2022, Action on Armed Violence recorded 3,180 deaths and injuries from 508 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 46% (1,459) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

Six killed and 81 injured in IED explosion near Istanbul’s Taksim Square, Turkey, 13 Nov.

At least six civilians were killed and 81 others injured when a bomb detonated on Istiklal Avenue, a busy shopping street near Taksim Square, on the afternoon of 13 Nov.

10 killed and 20 injured in IED explosion near a football stadium, Baghdad, Iraq 29 Oct

10 people were killed and over 20 injured in east Baghdad, on Saturday 29 Oct, when an IED planted underneath a vehicle detonated and caused a nearby gas tanker to explode.

17 killed and 35 injured in alleged Syrian shelling of Al-Bab, 19 Aug.

17 civilians were killed and 35 injured in Syrian shelling of Al-Bab outdoor market, Friday 19 Aug

Explosive Violence Monitor: 2016

In 2016, AOAV recorded 45,624 deaths and injuries as a result of the use of explosive weapons around the world. Civilians continued to suffer disproportionately, accounting for 70% of total casualties, with 32,088 civilian deaths and injuries.