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 […]

The Casualties of Ukraine: a discussion

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

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 […]

State of Crisis: Explosive Weapons in Yemen

Yemen is the worst country for civilian deaths and injuries from explosive weapon use in the first seven months of 2015, says a new publication produced by UK-based charity AOAV and UN OCHA. In March 2015, a complex and long-running political crisis in Yemen rapidly escalated into all-out conflict. President Hadi fled the country after Houthi rebels […]

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 […]

United Nations policy: Curb the use of explosive weapons in populated areas

The United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has this month released a policy document calling for urgent action to curb the use explosive weapons in populated areas. The policy document draws heavily on AOAV data to stress that the use of these weapons, which can affect a wide area with blast […]

‘Air Power in Afghanistan’ – How NATO changed the rules, 2008-2014

A new report published today by London-based charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) has shone new light on the reasons why civilian deaths from aerial bombing in Afghanistan have fallen by 81% between 2008 and 2014. Air strikes have long been one of NATO’s most controversial tactics in Afghanistan. In “Air power in Afghanistan,” AOAV […]

Afghan civilians killed in NATO airstrikes reduced by policy shift

This article was originally published by Russia Today on 17 March 2015 A shift in NATO protocol for sanctioning aerial bombing in Afghanistan was accompanied by an 81-percent drop in civilian deaths from airstrikes over the course of six years, a new report suggests. The report, published by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) on Tuesday, […]

​‘Tools of terrorists and tyrants’: IEDs 2nd most deadly weapon on planet – arms charity

This article was originally published today by Russia Today on 3 March 2015 UK charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) recorded 60,000 deaths from Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) across the globe between 2011 and 2013. Besides firearms, the weapons claim more innocent lives annually than any other weapon. IEDs are unconventional explosive weapons that can […]

Civilian casualty levels in Afghanistan at their worst for five years

Civilian deaths and injuries last year were at their highest since 2009, says the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). More than 10,000 Afghan civilians were violently killed or injured last year. Earlier this week, UNAMA released its annual report on the situation of civilians in the armed conflict. The report monitors civilian casualties […]

Explosive weapons at the United Nations

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) has been in New York at the United Nations, where the First Committee on Disarmament has been taking place. Governments from around the world meet at First Committee to further efforts to tackle a wide range of weapons that threaten civilians. In a year where we have seen wholesale and […]