In conflicts all over the world – in countries such as Syria, Ukraine and Yemen – the use of explosive weapons in populated areas is a major cause of harm to civilians.
Explosive weapons are a broad category of weapons, all of which project blast and fragmentation around the point of detonation. Explosive weapons that have wide area effects are especially problematic when used in populated areas.
In this new background note to the consultations on a political declaration on explosive weapons in populated areas, Article 36 and PAX elaborate on the link between the technical characteristics of these weapons and the risk they pose to civilians.
Read the full briefing: “Explosive Weapons with Wide Area Effects and Risk to Civilians”