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Consultations to develop a political declaration to address the humanitarian harm arising from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas
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Harm

The use of explosive weapons in populated areas causes broad, substantial and ongoing harm.
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Smoke rises over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike. © REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Political response

INEW calls for immediate action to prevent human suffering from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas
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The tail of a 120 mm mortar in a garden in the village of Semenivka, Ukraine. © Dirk-Jan Visser for PAX and UNOCHA

Resources

INEW member Save the Children's recent report highlights the impact of explosive weapons on children
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Events

INEW organises, hosts and participates in a range of meetings, conferences and other events related to explosive weapons use
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Views of Beit Hanoun, one of the neighbourhoods most affected by the bombings in Northern Gaza. © Yann Libessart/MSF

Welcome to INEW

The International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW) is an NGO partnership calling for immediate action to prevent human suffering from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

Explosive weapons include improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as well as explosive ordnance such as mortars, rockets, artillery shells and aircraft bombs.  These weapons use blast and fragmentation to kill and injure people in the area around the point of detonation. When used in public places, this area-effect means that innocent people are often severely affected.  Data indicate that between 80 and 90% of those killed and injured are civilians; still more are affected when there is damage to vital infrastructure (such as schools, hospitals, housing and water and sanitation systems).

INEW believes that this suffering can be reduced and unnecessary deaths and injuries prevented.  We are calling on states and other actors to face up to this problem as a policy challenge, to meet the needs of victims and survivors, to review their national practices and to come together to develop stronger international standards to curb this pattern of violence.  INEW members undertake research and advocacy to promote greater understanding of the problem and the concrete steps that can be taken to address it.

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Humanitarian consequences arising from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas

June 12, 2020

ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs side event via Zoom: Friday 12 June, 11am – 12.30am EDT / 5pm – 6:30pm CET Co-sponsored Read More

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UN Security Council Virtual Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Conflict

June 2, 2020

A short report on the UN Security Council’s virtual debate on the Secretary General’s recent report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. Image: © UN Photo/Evan Schneider

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Exploring the links between environmental harm and the use of explosive weapons

June 1, 2020

INEW member PAX’s post looks at the connection between the use of explosive weapons in populated areas the impact of conflict on the environment, and how this affects lives and livelihoods of civilians.

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UNOCHA, ICRC & UNODA warn of ‘deadly mix’ of COVID-19 and conflict, highlights explosive weapons use as particular cause for concern

May 27, 2020

In an oped coinciding with the UN Security Council debate on the protection of civilians, the heads of OCHA, ODA and the ICRC call for action to prevent further deterioration of the world’s most fragile healthcare systems, including avoiding use of explosive weapons with wide area effects in populated areas.
Image: © Rawan Shaif/MSF

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UN Secretary-General emphasises continued civilian suffering in annual report on the protection of civilians in conflict

May 26, 2020

New report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict issued on 6 May 2020 In his new report on the Read More

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INEW publishes briefing on protecting civilians from EWIPA ahead of UNSC debate on protection of civilians

May 14, 2020

In its latest briefing, INEW calls for immediate action to prevent human suffering from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas (EWIPA).
Image: A man inspects an unexploded missile in the rebel-held besieged al-Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria November 28, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

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INEW repsonds to Germany’s “Food for Thought” paper on implementation of a political declaration on EWIPA

May 14, 2020

INEW today published comments on Germany’s Food for Thought Paper on national implementation of the future political declaration on ‘Strengthening the protection of Civilians from Humanitarian Harm arising from the use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas.”
Image: REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

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INEW publishes commentary on draft political declaration

April 2, 2020

INEW has published key comments on the draft political declaration text (dated 17 March 2020), highlighting the most significant changes that INEW would like to see in the next version in order to provide stronger humanitarian protections. 

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Rejecting calls to address only the “indiscriminate use” of explosive weapons in populated areas

March 4, 2020

During consultations on “elements” for a political declaration on the protection of civilians from the use of explosive weapons in Read More

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More than 70 states engage in discussions on political declaration

February 11, 2020

Report on the second round of consultations in Geneva, 10 February 2020 States were actively engaged in the second round Read More

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Second consultation on Protecting Civilians in Urban Warfare: Towards a political declaration to address the humanitarian harm arising from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas

February 10, 2020

The second of a series of consultations on the development of a political declaration on explosive weapons

International Parliamentary Appeal

About the Appeal Parliamentarians have a vital role to play in enhancing the protection of civilians in armed conflict and Read More

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Acknowledgement of harm

A growing number of states have acknowledged the issue of harm in their national statements to international forums. Read more.

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Third consultation on Protecting Civilians in Urban Warfare: Towards a political declaration to address the humanitarian harm arising from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas

The date for the third round of consultations has been delayed by the evolving situation relating to COVID-19.

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