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In September 2018, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) recorded 1,849 deaths and injuries from 256 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 58% (1,066) of the deaths and injuries recorded.
When explosive violence was used in populated areas, 89% of all casualties were civilians, compared to 16% in other areas.
In post-conflict cities the scale and complexity of explosive contamination presents a huge challenge, making it unsafe for reconstruction to begin or displaced families to return. The HALO Trust is working towards developing methods of evaluating and clearing urban environments in the most efficient way possible. Only with a clear understanding of the challenge, can cost effective methods of assessment and clearance be designed.
The European Union has started as a peace project and has successfully transformed a war-torn and conflict-prone continent into a global actor in peacebuilding and conflict resolution. The European Union promotes peace across the globe by addressing the root causes of conflict, contributing to creating the necessary conditions for the reconstruction of societies and supporting the recovery of affected civilians. The International Day of Peace reminds us that peace is not a given.
In August 2018, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) recorded 2,070 deaths and injuries from 264 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 61% (1,269) of the deaths and injuries recorded.
When explosive violence was used in populated areas, 90% of all casualties were civilians, compared to 20% in other areas.
In response to the call for submissions for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s inquiry on Human Rights Work, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) provided written evidence on supporting the Rights of Victims from the use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
The written evidence can be seen here.
Pioneering technology will help eliminate landmines across Africa and Asia helping the world’s most vulnerable communities access safe land.
New UK aid funded technology, including radar detectors, will help trace ammunition in the equivalent of more than 16,000 football pitches. Remote controlled machines, such as the Mine Wolf, will also help clear cluster bombs more rapidly.
Manufactured in Newcastle, the eight-tonne Mine Wolf is a remote-controlled mine-clearing machine used in high risk areas. It can clear up to 12,000 square metres a day.
Genève – S'exprimant lors de l'ouverture de la 8ème Assemblée des États parties à la Convention de 2008 sur les armes à sous-munitions, le vice-président du Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR), Gilles Carbonnier, a exhorté la communauté internationale à continuer de renforcer la stigmatisation de ces armes inacceptables.
Geneva (ICRC) – Speaking at the opening of the Meeting of States party to the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions, Vice-President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Gilles Carbonnier, urged the international community to continue to reinforce the stigma against these unacceptable weapons.
ICRC Vice-President, Dr Gilles Carbonnier's address to the eighth meeting of states parties to the convention on cluster munitions.
Mr President, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
We all know the toll that cluster munitions take on people. The child left traumatized and permanently disabled after picking up what they thought was a toy. The farmers facing destitution because their land is unsafe to work. Entire communities displaced and unable to return home to rebuild their lives.
Success in Eliminating Cluster Bombs Heightens Urgency to Stop New Attacks by Holdout States
(Geneva, 30 August 2018) – Ten years after its adoption by the international community, the treaty banning cluster munitions has an extremely impressive record of compliance due to the steadfast commitment by States Parties to the agreement’s binding provisions, according to an annual monitoring report released today by the Cluster Munition Coalition at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva.
Les États-Unis s’éloignent toutefois de l’interdiction de ces armes non fiables
(Genève) – Aucun État partie au traité de 2008 bannissant les armes à sous-munitions n’a violé les dispositions clés bannissant l’usage, la production, le transfert et le stockage de ces armes – ce qui donne un bilan de conformité sans tache, a déclaré Human Rights Watch aujourd’hui, à l’occasion de la publication du rapport _Cluster Munition Monitor 2018_.
Depuis 2001, le Comité International de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) et la Commission de la Communauté économique des Etats d'Afrique de l'Ouest (CEDEAO) travaillent conjointement à la mise en œuvre du Droit International Humanitaire (DIH) dans les États membres de la CEDEAO.
Since 2001, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission have collaborated on implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in ECOWAS Member States.
While promoting key IHL treaties, and providing technical support for their implementation within Member States, the ICRC has worked with ECOWAS to create a platform for participants and experts from ECOWAS Member States to network and exchange views and experiences on contemporary IHL issues of concern.
This report compares current humanitarian crises based on their level of humanitarian access. Affected populations in more than 40 countries are not getting proper humanitarian assistance due to access constraints. Out of 44 countries included in the report, nearly half of them are currently facing critical humanitarian access constraints, with four countries (Eritrea, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen) being considered as inaccessible. Moderate humanitarian access constraints are an issue in eight countries, and 15 face low humanitarian access constraints.
In July 2018, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) recorded 3,151 deaths and injuries from 279 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 75% (2,362) of the deaths and injuries recorded.
When explosive violence was used in populated areas, 86% of all casualties were civilians, compared to 31% in other areas.
Published in August 2017, The 2017 Cluster Munition Monitor report reports that the number of people killed or injured by cluster munitions more than doubled between 2015 and 2016. There were 971 casualties of these barbaric weapons in 2016 compared with 419 in 2015. Civilians account for 98 percent of submunition casualties reported around the world.
The Syrian conflict
Eight years ago today, the Convention on Cluster Munitions entered into force, prohibiting the use and production of cluster bombs. The Convention has had a major impact on many levels, including reducing the use of cluster bombs and preventing casualties.
120 states have joined the Convention. They all haven’t used cluster bombs since 2008.
Most other states no longer use cluster bombs, even though they have not yet joined the Convention.
The United Nations Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) Standards have been developed to fill a gap in the technical guidance required to respond to the expanding and increasingly complex problem of IEDs.
ECW Annual Results Report: Over 650,000 Children Reached in the Fund’s First Year of Operations
New York, 6 July 2018 – The just-released ECW annual results report shows ECW’s investments have reached more than 650,000 children and youth affected by conflict and natural disasters during the Fund’s first year of operations from April 2017 to March 2018. In total ECW invested US$82 million in 14 crisis-affected countries.
In June 2018, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) recorded 2,461 deaths and injuries from 257 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 67% (1,641) of the deaths and injuries recorded.
When explosive violence was used in populated areas, 89% of all casualties were civilians, compared to 15% in other areas.