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.

Protection of Civilians: Demanding Better from the British Government

AOAV is one of eleven civil society organisations that are asking for more to be done to ensure accountability and transparency in the protection of civilians during conflict. A 2021 report by the New York Times revealed critical failures by Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) to prevent, respond to, and be held accountable for civilian harm in Iraq and Syria. These developments need to have important implications for the way the UK approaches civilian


Ahead of the upcoming Queen’s Speech, on 10 May, when plans to repeal and replace the Human Rights Act (HRA) are expected to be announced, AOAV and over 50 other human rights organisations have signed a letter in an urgent appeal to the Prime Minister. The letter warns that repealing the Act will have dire and widespread consequences for the UK, both domestically and internationally.

For All Was Lost: comparing UK & US military deaths in the War on Terror

Over the past two decades, service personnel from the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) have been deployed in operations overseas in at least 80 countries in the so-called ‘War on Terror’. Deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, launched in response to the 9/11 attacks, were by far the most substantial. The lethal cost […]

RAF implicated in 16 civilian deaths from airstrikes – new evidence

The US military believes there to be “credible” evidence that RAF airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have resulted in at least 16 civilian deaths in total.

UK hosts meeting at the UN on the humanitarian situation in Yemen

Today in New York the UK Government will host a meeting at the United Nations to shine a global spotlight on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. This is a crisis that has been brought about largely by the widespread use of explosive weapons with wide-area effects in populated areas in the country. The UK Government should […]

Hall of Shame: Seven UK financial institutions still supporting production of cluster bombs

More than £17 billion is invested in companies that produce cluster munitions, says a new report released today. The financial institutions backing these banned bombs include seven based in the UK. Despite a 2008 convention that outlawed these inhumane and indiscriminate weapons, 151 financial institutions around the world still continue to fund companies behind the […]

MPs demand greater transparency in UK use of drones

In a report released on 25 March by the Defence Select Committee, MPs call upon the British government to increase transparency in their use of armed drones, particularly in regard to “safeguards and limitations the UK Government has in place for the sharing of intelligence”. The Royal Air Force currently operates 10 armed Reaper drones […]

UK financial institutions investing £1.1 billion in cluster bomb producers

A new report released today by the Dutch peace group IKV Pax Christi shows that UK financial institutions are investing £1.1 billion in overseas companies that produce cluster bombs. Cluster bombs are illegal weapons banned by the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions. The UK has ratified the Convention but has not yet made it explicit […]

What’s the target? AOAV warns of dangers and risks inherent in bombing Syria

By all indications, the UK, the US and France are preparing for an attack on Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria in response to the August 21 chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus, with or without UN Security Council authorisation. Based on the available timeline and the military forces available, it appears that such an […]

Syria: Where states stand – last updated: 9 September, 12pm

The United States The US has indicated its strong belief that the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapon attack in Ghouta last week. Secretary of State John Kerry called the attack a “moral obscenity” and added, “There is a reason why President Obama has made clear to the Assad regime […]

News from AOAV: 27 August 2013

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