“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

UN Secretary-General raises concerns over explosive weapons in latest Protection of Civilians report

Continuing the attention given in previous reports to the problems resulting from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, the most recent report issued by the UN Secretary-General on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict raises concerns and provides recommendations and guidance to states on this issue. In this report issued on 22 November 2013, the UN Secretary-General states that the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has been instructed to engage with Member States, the... Read more