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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 AOAV's report presents the 2019 findings from the Explosive Violence Monitoring Project which tracks the impact of explosive weapon use worldwide as reported in English-language media.
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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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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.

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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

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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