First Committee

INEW statement to the UN General Assembly’s First Committee

UN General Assembly’s First Committee, October 2014 We associate the bombing and bombardment of towns and cities with the inhumanity of carpet-bombing in World War II and in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Such practices are no longer tolerated. The international rules put in place after those wars were a direct response to the death and destruction wrought on civilians and their communities. Few people would want to see a return to this type of bombing and bombardment as... Read more

Statement to the UN First Committee on the impact of explosive weapons in populated areas, 29 October 2013

The bombing and shelling of towns and cities is a major cause of death, injury, and destroyed livelihoods. The International Network on Explosive Weapons is a civil society partnership working to prevent and reduce that harm. Explosive weapons include mortars, rockets, artillery shells, aircraft bombs, improvised explosive devices, and other munitions.  When used in populated areas, these weapons tend to cause high levels of harm to individuals and communities. The British NGO Action on Armed Violence recorded from English language newswire... Read more