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Parliamentary Appeal

International Parliamentary Appeal to prevent human suffering 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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INEW bulletin #26

July 31, 2019

INEW bulletin #26

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INEW bulletin #26

July 31, 2019

INEW bulletin #26

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AOAV research on the challenges of conflict reporting

July 31, 2019

The challenges of conflict reporting – when injuries from explosive weapons don’t make the news

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AOAV’s Explosive Violence Monitor – 2018

June 10, 2019

This 2018 report presents the findings of the eighth consecutive year of Action on Armed Violence’s (AOAV) Explosive Violence Monitoring Project (EVMP). The EVMP tracks the impact of explosive weapon use worldwide as reported in the English language media.

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Launch of AOAV’s 2018 dataset on explosive violence

May 28, 2019

On 28 May, Action on Armed Violence released their annual report and dataset on explosive violence harm. The report can Read More

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INEW side event to the UN Security Council’s open debate on protection of civilians

May 24, 2019

INEW co-hosted a side event on Protecting Civilians from the Use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas at the UN Headquarters Read More

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UN Security Council open debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

May 23, 2019

On 23 May the UN Security Council will hold an open debate on the Secretary-General’s latest report on the protection Read More

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INEW joins joint NGO statement on protection of civilians

May 23, 2019

Joint NGO statement on protection of civilians   Photo: © UNHCR/Susan Schulman

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UN Secretary General repeats call on states to support process to develop a political declaration on explosive weapons

May 20, 2019

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Security Council’s inclusion of the protection of civilians as an item in its Read More

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In his 20th anniversary report on the protection of civilians, UN Secretary-General once again raises serious concerns over use of explosive weapons in populated areas

May 20, 2019

New report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict issued on 7 May 2019  In his new report on the Read More

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Blast Injuries

May 17, 2019

In 2017 nearly a fifth of all children were living close to conflict – with 142 million children living near areas of intense fighting. These children are more at risk of harm than any generation since the end of the Cold War. The number of verified incidents of all six grave violations against children in war – as identified by the United Nations – continues to increase, with the reported number tripling since 2010.

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INEW briefing paper on the protection of civilians

May 3, 2019

INEW briefing paper on the protection of civilians – May 2019

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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Vienna Conference on Protecting Civilians in Urban Warfare

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