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“Indiscriminate harm”: explosive weapons in populated areas raised at UN protection debate, expert meeting announced

On 30 January 2015, the UN Security Council held an open debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. A number of delegations raised concerns about the humanitarian harm caused by the use explosive weapons in populated areas, the threat to civilian protection that such actions pose, and the new international standards that are needed as a result. During the debate, Austria announced that it will hold an expert meeting on explosive weapons in September in Vienna. The Vienna meeting will follow previous discussions hosted by... Read more

Explosive weapons highlighted at Security Council debate on children and armed conflict

Explosive weapons highlighted at Security Council debate on children and armed conflict UNICEF and Save the Children highlighted the use of explosive weapons in populated areas as a key area of concern during the United Nations Security Council open debate on children and armed conflict on 17 June 2013. The statement by Yoka Brandt, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, included the use of explosive weapons in populated areas as one of two alarming trends, the other being the use of schools... Read more

Explosive weapons raised as key issue in Security Council debate on protection of civilians

The UN Security Council held a debate on the protection of civilians on 12 February 2013. During the debate 15 states made reference to the problem of explosive weapons in populated areas. Of these, Qatar spoke on behalf of the Arab Group and Sweden spoke on behalf of the Nordic countries. In addition the EU noted the issue in its statement on behalf of EU member states and others aligning with the statement. Guatemala included the issue in its longer... Read more

UN concerned over impact of explosive weapons on children

The UN Secretary-General and the UN Special Representative to the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict have highlighted the use of explosive weapons in populated areas as a key issue of concern for the protection of children in reports this year. They have called on parties to refrain from using explosive weapons with wide area effects in populated areas and for systematic data collection on the use and impact of explosive weapons and analysis of the human cost. An... Read more

Security Council debate highlights harm from explosive weapons in populated areas

Report by the International Network on Explosive Weapons on the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, 25 June 2012 The International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW) has been working with states and organisations to highlight the need for action to address the problem of explosive weapons in populated areas (EWIPA). A key forum of engagement so far has been in the context of the Security Council debates on protection of civilians. The latest... Read more

INEW advocacy ahead of Security Council debate on protection of civilians

Explosive weapons in populated areas – the challenge for civilian protection The International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW)[1] calls on states to use the opportunity provided by the United Nations Security Council Open Debate on Protection of Civilians in June 2012 to address the need for action on humanitarian impact of explosive weapons in populated areas.  INEW encourages states to use the debate to: Acknowledge the severe impact on civilians caused by the use of explosive weapons in populated areas;... Read more

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