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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 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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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

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INEW statement to the second Geneva Consultation “Towards a Political Declaration to Address the Humanitarian Harm Arising from the use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas”

February 10, 2020

On 10 February states met in Geneva for a second round of consultations on a political declaration on explosive weapons. INEW delivered a statement calling for a clear and unequivocal presumption against the use of explosive weapons with wide area effects in populated areas, increased recognition of reverberating effects, and a strengthened commitment to assist victims.

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INEW statement to consultations on a political declaration, 10 February 2020

February 10, 2020

“Towards a political declaration to address the humanitarian harm arising from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas “ Read More

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Protecting civilians from the effects of explosive weapons in populated areas: questions of IHL compliance

February 7, 2020

In the course of ongoing consultations on a political declaration to address the harm to civilians from the use of Read More

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Article 36 and PAX publish new background note on explosive weapons with wide area effects and the risk to civilians

February 7, 2020

In conflicts all over the world – in countries such as Syria, Ukraine and Yemen – the use of explosive Read More

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INEW publishes key points in response to Ireland’s “Draft Elements of a Political Declaration”

February 6, 2020

INEW’s new short paper highlights three key points on the Draft Elements of a Political Declaration paper that INEW would urge states to expand on at the next consultations, that will take place on 10 February (10.00-18.00), Room XXI, Palais des Nations, Geneva.

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Towards a political declaration on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas: states need to ensure that expressed commitments translate into real impacts on the ground

November 20, 2019

This report was written by Katrin Geyer of Reaching Critical Will, WILPF, and first published here. The first round of consultations Read More

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First 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

November 18, 2019

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

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INEW statement to the first Geneva Consultation “Towards a Political Declaration to Address the Humanitarian Harm Arising from the use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas”

November 18, 2019

INEW statement Geneva Consultations: “Towards a Political Declaration to Address the Humanitarian Harm Arising from the use of Explosive Weapons 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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