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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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Regional meeting on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, Santiago, Chile, 5-6 December 2018

December 12, 2018

With a view to building support towards providing greater protection to civilians in conflict, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Read More

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Communiqué from Regional Meeting on Protecting Civilians from the Use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas (Santiago, Chile)

December 12, 2018

Santiago Regional Meeting on Protecting Civilians from the Use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas Santiago Communiqué Representatives of 23 Read More

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Expert Meeting on Armed Non-State Actors and EWIPA – Summary Report

December 12, 2018

To date, expert and inter-governmental discussions on addressing the humanitarian impact of EWIPA have tended to focus on the use of EWIPA by State armed forces. It is expected that this will be the principal focus of any future political declaration. Less attention has been paid to the use of EWIPA by armed non-State actors (ANSAs). Yet, such use—and how to avoid or at least limit it—must be considered in order to ensure more effective and comprehensive protection of civilians.

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2018 Annual Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons

November 23, 2018

The next meeting of the states parties to the CCW will be held in Geneva from 21 to 23 November. Read More

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Regional meeting on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, Santiago, Chile, 5-6 December 2018

November 12, 2018

With a view to building support towards providing greater protection to civilians in conflict, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Read More

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UN General Assembly First Committee: Fifty states deliver joint statement on explosive weapons in populated areas

November 7, 2018

In an unprecedented joint statement at the meeting of the UN General Assembly’s First Committee, fifty states expressed grave concern over the humanitarian harm caused by the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

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Report on a workshop examining military policies and practices on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, 2-3 May 2018

November 1, 2018

The use of explosive weapons in populated areas has been identified as a key issue on the protection of civilians agenda by states and organisations over recent years. On 2-3 May 2018, Article 36 and CIVIC convened a workshop to gather military and civilian perspectives, and to identify, share and discuss military policies and procedures relevant to the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. This paper summarizes some of the key presentations and discussions from the workshop.

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UN General Assembly First Committee side event: Strengthening the protection of civilians from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas

October 22, 2018

This briefing gave an overview of humanitarian harm resulting from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. It suggested Read More

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INEW Statement to UN General Assembly First Committee, 18 October 2018

October 22, 2018

On 18 October 2018, INEW delivered a statement to the UN General Assembly’s First Committee raising concerns over the widespread harm that results from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, and encouraging all states to take urgent action to provide better protection to civilians in conflict.

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INEW Input to the EWIPA Talks Workshops, 16 October 2018

October 16, 2018

INEW submission to Germany on EWIPA Talks

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UN General Assembly’s First Committee

October 15, 2018

The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security began in New York on Read More

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

September 26, 2018

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

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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