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Below, materials from INEW members and others document and analyse the impact of explosive weapons and give technical, policy and legal analysis of the problem – and its solutions.

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Blast injury: the reverberating health consequences from the use of explosive weapons

July 10, 2020

AOAV’s latest report seeks to analyse, summarise and expand on into the specific health impacts of explosive weapons on their direct and indirect victims.

The Broken Land: a review of the environmental impact of explosive weapons

July 3, 2020

A report on the environmental impacts of explosive weapons.

Death Sentence to Civilians: The Long-Term Impact of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas in Yemen

June 12, 2020

A new HI study on the reverberating effects of explosive weapons in Yemen.

INEW commentary on the draft political declaration

April 2, 2020

This paper contains INEW’s key comments on the draft political declaration text (dated 17 March 2020). These comments highlight the most significant changes that INEW would like to see in the next version in order to provide stronger humanitarian protections. Image © Reuters/Khaled Abdullah

Rejecting calls to address only the “indiscriminate use” of explosive weapons in populated areas

March 4, 2020

This paper sets out why attempts by some states to limit the issue of explosive weapons use in populated areas to only the “indiscriminate use” in these contexts would undermine the humanitarian value of a future declaration by reducing it to simply a political reaffirmation of states’ obligation to follow the law.
Image © REUTERS/Mohsin Raza

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

February 5, 2020

This background note to the ongoing consultations on a political declaration on explosive weapons in populated areas responds to critical questions that have been raised about the connections between multilateral political action on explosive weapons and the obligation to protect civilians under international humanitarian law (IHL).

Explosive weapons with wide area effects and risk to civilians

February 5, 2020

Explosive weapons that have wide area effects are especially problematic when used in populated areas. In this background note to the consultations on a political declaration on explosive weapons in populated areas we elaborate on the link between the technical characteristics of these weapons and the risk they pose to civilians.

Elements of a political declaration – INEW’s key points

February 4, 2020

This 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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