INEW

Open menu
Scroll down

Declaration Negotiations

Consultations to develop a political declaration to address the humanitarian harm arising from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas
Read more
© United States Mission Geneva. Original.

Harm

The use of explosive weapons in populated areas causes broad, substantial and ongoing harm.
Read more
Smoke rises over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike. © REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Political response

INEW calls for immediate action to prevent human suffering from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas
Read more
The tail of a 120 mm mortar in a garden in the village of Semenivka, Ukraine. © Dirk-Jan Visser for PAX and UNOCHA

Resources

INEW member Save the Children's latest in the Stop the War on Children report series explores both the scale of gross violations against children in conflict, and the core areas where action is essential.
Read more
© Save the Children (2020)

Events

INEW organises, hosts and participates in a range of meetings, conferences and other events related to explosive weapons use
Read more
Views of Beit Hanoun, one of the neighbourhoods most affected by the bombings in Northern Gaza. © Yann Libessart/MSF

Welcome to INEW

The International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW) is an NGO partnership calling for immediate action to prevent human suffering from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

Explosive weapons include improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as well as explosive ordnance such as mortars, rockets, artillery shells and aircraft bombs.  These weapons use blast and fragmentation to kill and injure people in the area around the point of detonation. When used in public places, this area-effect means that innocent people are often severely affected.  Data indicate that between 80 and 90% of those killed and injured are civilians; still more are affected when there is damage to vital infrastructure (such as schools, hospitals, housing and water and sanitation systems).

INEW believes that this suffering can be reduced and unnecessary deaths and injuries prevented.  We are calling on states and other actors to face up to this problem as a policy challenge, to meet the needs of victims and survivors, to review their national practices and to come together to develop stronger international standards to curb this pattern of violence.  INEW members undertake research and advocacy to promote greater understanding of the problem and the concrete steps that can be taken to address it.

Latest news

Recent News See all post

We’re hiring!

July 21, 2021

Article 36 is seeking a skilled and experienced researcher to provide thematic and country-level research and analysis for the Explosive Weapons Monitor project.

Recent News See all post

Launch of the Explosive Weapons Monitor 

June 21, 2021

The International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW) is launching a new civil society initiative – the Explosive Weapons Monitor – Read More

Recent News See all post

UN Security Council Virtual Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Conflict

June 1, 2021

A short report on the UN Security Council’s virtual debate on the Secretary General’s recent report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict. Image: © UN Photo

Recent Event See all calendar

INEW online event: Explosive weapons and human health – how to better protect civilians

May 27, 2021

Thursday 27 May 2021, 9:00 – 10:30 New York / 15:00 – 16:30 Geneva (on Zoom)
This panel discussion will investigate the range of harms to human health caused by the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, as well as ongoing discussions towards a political declaration to better protect civilians from such harms.

Recent Event See all calendar

European Parliamentarian Conference on the future political declaration to protect civilians from the use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas (EWIPA)

May 27, 2021

Online, Thursday 27th May 2021, 10:00 – 12:00 (CEST). The invitation is open to European Parliamentarians as well as INEW members. Please confirm your participation by May 21st

Recent News See all post

INEW delivers statement to the UN Human Rights Council on the use of explosive weapons in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

May 26, 2021

INEW statement on the use of explosive weapons, delivered by Laura Boillot to the Human Rights Council – Special session to address the grave human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories including East Jerusalem

Recent Event See all calendar

AOAV Report Launch: A Decade of Explosive Violence Harm

May 25, 2021

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) presents the findings from ten years’ worth of data on the global use of explosive weapons in our latest, milestone report.

Recent News See all post

Media release: A decade’s data: 9/10 casualties in armed conflicts are civilians when explosive weapons are used in towns and cities

May 25, 2021

PDF version (Tuesday, May 25, 2021) – Over the past ten years Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), an INEW member, Read More

Recent News See all post

A decade of data highlights heavy toll explosive weapon use in towns and cities has on civilians 

May 25, 2021

Over the past ten years Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), an INEW member, has collected data documenting the impact of Read More

International Parliamentary Appeal

About the Appeal Parliamentarians have a vital role to play in enhancing the protection of civilians in armed conflict and Read More

Visit the Parliamentary Appeal page

Acknowledgement of harm

A growing number of states have acknowledged the issue of harm in their national statements to international forums. Read more.

Media centre

Information and resources for journalists and media representatives 

Visit the media centre

Website by David Abbott Projects