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02 Aug 2012 description

Report finds Qaddafi’s weapons pose threat to civilians

Abandoned arms stockpiles must be immediately secured or destroyed

TRIPOLI, LIBYA—Abandoned weapons that were once part of Muammar Qaddafi’s vast arsenal threaten civilian lives in Libya, according to a report released today by Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC), in partnership with CIVIC and the Center for American Progress.

18 May 2012 description


As heads of state prepare to gather for the NATO summit in Chicago, the undersigned NGOs call on NATO member states and the Afghan Government to prioritize improving the accountability of the Afghan National Security Forces as well as measures to enhance their capability to protect civilians more broadly.

10 Nov 2011 description

Executive Summary

Civilian casualties are common in Somalia, the world’s most dangerous country. Ravaged by two decades of conflict, the current fighting between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) supported by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and various armed groups (notably al-Shabaab) continues to take a heavy toll on the civilian population.

10 Nov 2011 description

New report presses parties to the conflict to respond to harm

NAIROBI- Parties to the conflict in Somalia can take immediate measures to lessen its impact on civilians, said CIVIC, the Washington-based organization advocating on behalf of civilians in war, in a report launched today. Civilian Harm in Somalia: Creating an Appropriate Response details what Somalis want in response to harm. Research was conducted with support from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

07 Nov 2011 description

With the death of Muammar Gaddafi, a long-standing dictatorship has come to an end. The majority of Libyans are celebrating a new future; but certain groups – including suspected loyalist civilians, sub-Saharan Africans, and ethnic minorities – remain displaced and vulnerable to violent attacks. The National Transitional Council (NTC), the current de facto government of Libya, lacks command and control over all armed groups, including those responsible for revenge attacks. As such, the NTC cannot yet establish or maintain the rule of law.

10 May 2011 description
Link to report: No Time to Lose

Violations by Afghan Forces Could Escalate as They Take on Frontline Role
NATO States Must Act Now to Stop Abuses by Afghan Police and Army

Coalition forces are not doing enough to prevent abuses by Afghan forces and have been too slow to address the issue as they prepare to hand over responsibility for security, Oxfam and other agencies said today.

18 Apr 2011 description

London, UK, April 18, 2011 -- Fourteen humanitarian and human rights organisations have this week called on the states implementing the “no-fly zone” in Libya to commit to recording and reporting on civilian casualties in that country.

Their call comes in an open letter (text below) sent to all members of the UN Security Council, the Arab League and the African Union.

28 Mar 2011 description
report CIVIC Worldwide

War victim advocates applaud Pakistani Government decision and urge creation of standing policy

WASHINGTON, DC, March 28, 2011-Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC) today applauded the Pakistani Government's decision to compensate the families of civilians killed or injured in a US drone strike in North Waziristan on 17 March 2011.

"Drone victims have been all but ignored. Before this pledge of compensation, civilian victims received nothing for their losses," said Sarah Holewinski, CIVIC's executive director.

01 Mar 2011 description
report CIVIC Worldwide

1 March 2011. Johannesburg.

23 Dec 2010 description
report CIVIC Worldwide

Advocacy group calls on UN and AMISOM to protect civilians, address civilian harm

Following yesterday's extension of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) mandate by the UN Security Council, Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC) called on the UN and AMISOM to ensure the reinforced peace operation prioritizes protection and helps civilians caught in the conflict's crossfire.

The renewed mandate reaffirms UN support for the African Union's peace support operation in Somalia to bolster the Transitional Federal Government and authorized an increase in …

13 Oct 2010 description
report CIVIC Worldwide

PAKISTAN: US & Pakistani Governments Must Help Civilians Caught in Conflict

New on-the-ground report finds conflict victims overlooked, angry and in need

WASHINGTON DC, October 13, 2010, 12am EDT - Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC) issued a report today detailing civilian conflict losses in northwest Pakistan, the views of victims, and warring parties' efforts to address their losses.

14 Jun 2010 description
report CIVIC Worldwide

Publication | 15 Jun 2010


31 May 2010 description
report CIVIC Worldwide

Executive Summary

The U.S. military values distinguishing between civilians and combatants in a battlespace. Despite efforts to avoid and protect civilians, they are nonetheless harmed and deserve amends for deaths, injuries, and property losses. In Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States has found that monetary payments made to civilians harmed express sympathy, dignify losses, and track with U.S. principles of humanity and compassion.

12 May 2010 description
report CIVIC Worldwide

Military progress on protecting Afghans applauded, but more can be done to save lives

Washington, DC, May 12, 2010 - Following a press conference today in which Presidents Obama and Karzai discussed measures being taken to avoid civilian casualties in Afghanistan, the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC) applauded international forces for their efforts to protect civilians while noting three necessary improvements that could save more lives.

U.S. President Barak Obama, hosting Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai at the White House, said that U.S.

06 May 2010 description
report CIVIC Worldwide

The Sri Lankan government must ensure recognition and help for civilian victims

WASHINGTON, DC, May 6, 2010 - Following the Sri Lankan government's recent announcement of a reconciliation commission to quell lingering ethnic tensions between the Sri Lankan majority and Tamil minority, Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC) today called for the process to include amends for civilian losses.

"All efforts to foster peace in Sri Lanka are welcome," said Sarah Holewinski, CIVIC's executive director. "Offering amends alongside a sincere reconciliation …

12 Apr 2010 description
report CIVIC Worldwide

New Findings on International Military Responses to Civilian Casualties

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 12, 2010 - Afghans deserve and expect compensation when harmed, yet international forces in Afghanistan lack a clear, consistent system for responding to civilian losses, according to a new report released today by Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC).

Addressing Civilian Harm in Afghanistan: Policies & Practices of International Forces documents the compensation policies and practices of major troop-contributing nations of the International Security Assistance Force …

23 Mar 2010 description
report CIVIC Worldwide

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 23, 2010 - The possible deaths of two civilians caused last week by Pakistani security forces highlights the need for Pakistan to thoroughly investigate all claims of civilian harm and offer apologies and compensation if appropriate, the Campaign for Innocent Victims of Conflict said today.

"Combat operations in Pakistan have been ongoing without any proper way to investigate civilian harm or make amends for casualties," said Sarah Holewinski, executive director of CIVIC.

16 Nov 2009 description
report CIVIC Worldwide

War victim advocates say no coordinated system for addressing civilian harm among international forces compounds suffering

Washington, DC, November 16, 2009 - 2009 is on track to be the deadliest year for civilians in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

02 Apr 2009 description

WHAT: A coalition of NGOs including the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Oxfam International sent an open letter today to Heads of State and Government attending this week's NATO Summit in Europe.

The Summit, to be held in France and Germany April 3 - 4, 2009, will center on the UN-mandated International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) strategy in Afghanistan.

The letter calls for the immediate creation of a uniform, coordinated system of condolence payments for civilian …