States’ positions on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas
International momentum to address the use of explosive weapon in populated areas is building. Over forty countries from all regions of the world, as well as certain UN actors and the International Committee of the Red Cross, have recognised the humanitarian problem caused by explosive weapons in official statements. INEW archives these publicly stated positions, from official statements and UN reports, on our ‘acknowledging the harm‘ page.
So far, 41 states and territories have acknowledged the humanitarian problem of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, and 25 have called for action to address this – in most instances by welcoming recommendations from the UN Secretary-General. In May INEW released a briefing paper to provide a reference tool on the current status of state attention to this issue.