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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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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.

INEW briefing note for states ahead of the 18 November informal consultation on an EWIPA political declaration

November 15, 2019

Towards a political declaration to address the harm from explosive weapons in
populated areas: Key issues ahead of the informal consultation in Geneva on 18 November 2019

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