Trading in trauma: do United Kingdom arms exports to Israel violate the Arms Trade Treaty and other arms control regulations?

The UK’s substantial arms exports to Israel has sparked controversy following allegations such weapons harming civilians in Gaza, raising legal and ethical concerns.

High Court Dismisses CAAT’s Challenge to UK-Saudi Arms Trade; Yemeni Civilian Lives Continue to Hang in Balance

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.

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.

The UK’s response to mass shootings offers insight into gun control debate in US

Iain Overton looks at the evidence that gun control measures lead to a decline in gun-related deaths

The surprising reality of British Armed Forces Fatalities and the growing concern of suicide rates: a report citing AOAV data in the Express

The declining number of combat-related deaths in the UK Armed Forces reveals a growing concern over suicide rates, as mental health challenges emerge as a critical modern threat for military personnel.

UK stays silent on Rwanda’s role in DRC War crimes

The recent Amnesty International report has revealed that the Rwandan-backed M23 rebels are committing war crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with impunity, while the UK remains silent on Rwanda’s role.

Iraq: the ongoing legacy of an illegal war

As we approach the 20th anniversary of the Iraq War, AOAV looks back at the war’s continuing legacy on civilian harm from explosive weapon use in the country. 

Case studies: the United Kingdom, from key ATT architect to key violator? – Assessing the effectiveness of the Arms Trade Treaty, Part 12

Action on Armed Violence analyses the impact of the Arms Trade Treaty on UK explosive weapons transfers.

Over 80 Countries Committed to Curb Use of Explosive Weapons, Now Comes the Hard Part

Last week, more than 80 countries endorsed a new international commitment to address one of the greatest threats to civilians during armed conflict: the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

Almost two-thirds of UK’s air threats deemed to come from Russian violations of airspace

Two out of three instances where the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) has launched aircraft in the face of a perceived or real threat to UK airspace has been against Russian planes, an investigation by AOAV has established.

No UK troops above law, PM says after claims about SAS

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated that no British military personnel are “above the law” amid allegations of unlawful killings by the SAS in Afghanistan, following a recent AOAV and BBC Panorama investigation.

Letter to Liz Truss: send UK diplomats to the First Meeting of States Parties of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

We are a broad group of UK civil society organisations, faith groups, academics and scientists. We write today to urge you to send UK diplomats to observe the First Meeting of States Parties of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), taking place in Vienna from 21-23 June 2022. We also call on the UK to attend the associated Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, hosted by the Austrian Government on 20 June. By doing so, the UK would be building on its participation in the original Vienna conference on this issue in 2014.