Geneva, 17 June: States agree on final text of Political Declaration on use of Explosive Weapons in populated areas

This post was originally published by INEW. States Agree on Final Text of Political Declaration on the Use of Explosive Weapons The text of the political declaration on the use of explosive weapons was finalized todayin Geneva with overwhelming support from states. A group of states have already expressed intentions to sign the declaration or […]

Geneva, 16 June 2022: Ireland to present final draft of declaration to protect civilians from explosive weapons in populated areas

On Friday 17 June, at the UN Palais in Geneva, Ireland will present the final draft of the Political Declaration on Strengthening the Protection of Civilians from the Humanitarian Consequences Arising from the Use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas.

The Casualties of Ukraine: an invitation to a discussion in the UK Houses of Parliament (4th July 4pm)

Casualty recording in Ukraine: what are the challenges and necessities of recording civilian casualties in the current war?

Adoption of Explosive Weapons Declaration is a major milestone in the protection of civilians

States, civil society, and international organisations will convene in Geneva on June 17 to finalize a landmark international agreement on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

Civil Society Statement on the Protection of Civilians in Urban Conflict (2022)

AOAV is proud to be one of the endorsing NGOs for the Civil Society Statement on the Protection of Civilians in Urban Conflicts, ahead of the UN’s annual open debate on the protection of civilians (POC) in armed conflict. Over the past year, the devastating impact of urban warfare on civilians has been made increasingly clear, especially the parallel direct and indirect, short-term and long-term nature of urban warfare’s effects on civilians and civilian infrastructure.

EWIPA and Civilian Harm: Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, Report of the Secretary-General (UNSC S/2022/381)

AOAV’s work in monitoring data on explosive weapons and casualties is the backbone of our own advocacy work and research, but it’s also a key driver behind the widespread civil society push to end the use of explosive weapons in populated areas (EWIPA). To this end, our data is used in vital resolutions and consultations […]

Explosive violence in July 2015

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records incidents of explosive violence as they occur around the world. Since 1 October 2010 AOAV has used English-language media sources to capture information on attacks, including on the number of casualties and the weapon type used. In July 2015, AOAV recorded 4,990 casualties of explosive violence worldwide, 76% of […]

One year after Israel began artillery shelling in Gaza AOAV asks: What have we learned?

One year ago today Israel launched a ground offensive as part of its ‘Operation Protective Edge’ in Gaza. It was a dramatic escalation in the ongoing fighting, which had already seen ten days of aerial bombing. The ground offensive meant that there would now be Israeli ‘boots on the ground’ in Gaza, and that Gazan […]

Explosive violence in May 2015

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records incidents of explosive violence as they occur around the world. Since 1 October 2010 AOAV has used English-language media sources to capture information on attacks, including on the number of casualties and the weapon type used. In May 2015, AOAV recorded a total of 3,696 deaths and injuries from […]

Explosive violence at the United Nations: Roundup of key discussions

Courtesy of INEW. The humanitarian impact of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, and the action that states should take towards improving civilian protection from the grave humanitarian harm caused, were discussed at an INEW side event to the Mine Ban Treaty intersessional meetings on 26 June, chaired by Richard Moyes of INEW […]

Explosive States- Monitoring explosive violence in 2014: Conclusions and recommendations

Conclusion More civilian casualties, from more incidents of explosive violence, were recorded in 2014 than in any of the three previous years that AOAV has been monitoring explosive weapon use. 2014 is the third consecutive year in which there has been a reported rise in civilian casualties from explosive weapons, up 5% from 2013 and […]

Explosive States- Monitoring explosive violence in 2014: Key Findings

Introduction “Ultimately, civilians in Syria, Gaza, Israel, Afghanistan, Libya, eastern Ukraine and other conflict hotspots pay the price when the shells aimed at military targets end up hitting homes, hospitals and schools. This simply has to stop. These explosive weapons are designed for open battlefields, not built-up urban areas […] This is not about the […]