About INEW

INEW is a network of NGOs that endorse the INEW call and have agreed to work together to achieve its aims. See our current members. INEW welcomes new member organisations. See how to join us as an NGO.

Our call

INEW membership is based on endorsement of the following:

The International Network on Explosive Weapons calls for immediate action to prevent human suffering from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. States and other actors should:

  • Acknowledge that use of explosive weapons in populated areas tends to cause severe harm to individuals and communities and furthers suffering by damaging vital infrastructure;
  • Strive to avoid such harm and suffering in any situation, review and strengthen national policies and practices on use of explosive weapons and gather and make available relevant data;
  • Work for full realisation of the rights of victims and survivors;
  • Develop stronger international standards, including certain prohibitions and restrictions on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

In developing these standards, states and other actors should make a commitment that explosive weapons with wide area effects will not be used in populated areas.  Read our commentary our INEW’s call, which provides more information on its core points.

Our activities

INEW members undertake research and advocacy to promote greater understanding of the issue and concrete steps that can be taken to address it. They develop partnerships calling for improved policy at a national level and work together to develop stronger standards internationally. Many INEW member organisations also work in countries affected by explosive violence – providing development assistance, documenting the impact of violence, assisting the victims of explosive weapons and clearing landmines, unexploded ordnance and IEDs.

Our members

INEW was established on the 29 March 2011 at a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. INEW is governed by a Steering Committee whose members are Action on Armed Violence, Article 36, Center for Civilians in Conflict, Handicap International, Human Rights Watch, Norwegian People’s Aid, Oxfam, PAX, Save the Children, Seguridad Humana en Latinoamerica y el Caribe (SEHLAC) and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. A number of other individuals and organisations were also involved in the establishment of INEW. Current INEW member organisations:

Action on Armed Violence (UK)
Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy (UK)
Airwars (UK)
Arab Human Security Network (Middle East)
Article 36 (UK)
Associazione Nazionale Vittime Civili di Guerra (Italy)
Campagna Italiana Contro Le Mine, ItCBL (Italy)
Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas (Colombia)
Caribbean Coalition for Development and the Reduction of Armed Violence (Caribbean)
Centre for Civilians in Conflict (USA)
Centre d’Estudis per la Pau JM. Delas (Spain)
ChangeMaker: Society for Social and Economic Development (Bangladesh)
Danish Demining Group (Denmark)
Danish Refugee Council (Denmark)
Disarmament Dynamics (UK)
Humanity and Inclusion (Global)
Health and Social Care Organization in Iraq, IHSCO (Iraq)
Human Rights Now (Japan) Human Rights Watch (USA)
IANSA Women’s Network Nigeria (Nigeria)
Institute of Education for Disabled People (Somalia)
IPPNW Zambia (Zambia)
Liberian Action Network on Small Arms, LANSA (Liberia)
Medact (UK)
Mines Action Canada (Canada)
Mozambican Force for Crime Investigation and Social Reinsertion, FOMICRES (Mozambique)
Nonviolence International SE Asia (Thailand)
Norwegian People’s Aid (Norway)
Oxfam (Global) PAX (Netherlands)
Peace Movement Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Save the Children (Global)
Seguridad Humana en Latinoamerica y el Caribe (SEHLAC) (Latin America)
Somali Human Rights Association, SOHRA (Somalia) Sustainable Peace and Development Organization (Pakistan)
Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (Sweden)
The Liaison Office (Afghanistan) Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (Global)

To find out more about becoming a member and to sign up as an organisation go to the membership page.


Coordination for INEW is provided by Laura Boillot (laura@article36.org) on behalf of Article 36.