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Declaration Negotiations

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 latest in the Stop the War on Children report series explores both the scale of gross violations against children in conflict, and the core areas where action is essential.
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© Save the Children (2020)

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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Press release: States to resume negotiations on Political Declaration on protecting civilians from shelling and bombing in towns and cities

March 3, 2021

Governments, international and civil society organisations will meet online on 3-5 March resuming negotiations of an international Political Declaration that will ultimately see states negotiate stronger rules that would protect civilians from use of explosive weapons in towns, cities and other populated areas.

Photo © Marc Garlasco

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Protecting civilians from the reverberating effects of explosive weapons in populated areas

February 25, 2021

It is evident by now from data collection, evidence-gathering and research, that the use of explosive weapons in populated areas Read More

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Briefing: Protecting civilians from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas

February 25, 2021

This briefing will give an overview of civilian harm resulting from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas looking at a recent case study on the Tigray region in Ethiopia. Ahead of consultations resuming on 3-5 March 2021, it will suggest actions that can be taken to address such harm.

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INEW publishes response to latest draft declaration text

February 15, 2021

The International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW) today published its detailed comments on the latest draft of the political declaration.

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World Cities Day: How explosive weapons destroy cities and urban infrastructure

October 31, 2020

Today is World Cities Day. In many cities across the world it is a celebration of culture and community. Yet Read More

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Ms. Mahpekay Sidiqi delivers statement on behalf of the International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW) to UNGA’s First Committee

October 13, 2020

Statement by the International Network on Explosive Weapons to the UN General Assembly’s First Committee on International Security and Disarmament, New York. Delivered by Ms. Mahpekay Sidiqi, 13 October 2020.

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UN General Assembly’s First Committee

October 5, 2020

The 75th session of the UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security began in New York on Read More

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Ireland hosts webinar on explosive weapons and protection of civilians

September 8, 2020

Ireland convened an online webinar on 7 September on the Protection of Civilians in Urban Warfare: Explosive Weapons in Populated Read More

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AOAV releases latest annual report on explosive violence

September 7, 2020

This year’s report demonstrates a continued and consistent pattern of harm: when explosive weapons were used in populated areas, on average nine in every ten of the deaths and injuries caused were civilians. In 2019, of those reported harmed by explosive weapons in populated areas, 90% were civilians.

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“Protection of Civilians in Urban Warfare: Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas: Issues, Policy and Practice” – Webinar

September 7, 2020

Ireland convened an online webinar on 7 September on the Protection of Civilians in Urban Warfare: Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas: Issues, Policy and Practice.

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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