Austria's representative delivers a statement during the UNSC open debate on PoC, January 2015 (UNTV webcast screen grab)

“Indiscriminate harm”: explosive weapons in populated areas raised at UN protection debate

February 11, 2015  Comments are off

On 30 January 2014, 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. Afghanistan, Austria, Burundi, Costa Rica, Germany, and Mexico drew attention to the devastating impacts of explosive weapons in populated areas in... Read more

Explosive Weapons

Mortars, artillery, car bombs etc.

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Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

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Casualty Recording

Understanding the impact of violence

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Weapons Review

New technologies of killing

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Latin American and Caribbean states first to join Austrian pledge on prohibiting nuclear w...

February 4, 2015  Comments are off

The only weapons of mass destruction that are currently not explicitly prohibited under international law are nuclear weapons. At the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in December 2014, the Austrian foreign ministry delivered a pledge to “fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons” and “to cooperate with all stakeholders to achieve this goal”, calling on states to join this effort. Austria also pledged to work with states and relevant organisations... Read more

Explosive Weapons

Mortars, artillery, car bombs etc.

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Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

39 items

Casualty Recording

Understanding the impact of violence

8 items

Weapons Review

New technologies of killing

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Casualty recording, critical argument and campaigning against weapons

July 23, 2013  No comments

Casualty recording and the documentation of the impact of armed violence have played a critical role in past and current processes to curb weapons. Such processes have made progress by exposing failures to deal with or even acknowledge this humanitarian impact. These approaches of evidence collection and critical argument were central to the prohibitions on landmines and on cluster munitions and underpin current efforts to restrict the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. They... Read more

Explosive Weapons

Mortars, artillery, car bombs etc.

33 items

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

39 items

Casualty Recording

Understanding the impact of violence

8 items

Weapons Review

New technologies of killing

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Need for meaningful human control over weapons highlighted by AI experts

January 15, 2015  Comments are off

For the governance of the use of force and the protection of people, every individual use of weapons should be subject to meaningful human control. This means a process of legal decision-making and deliberative moral reasoning by human beings for each individual attack. Weapons that do not allow such human control and attacks without such human control should be prohibited. As part of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, Article 36 argues that fully autonomous weapons should, as... Read more

Explosive Weapons

Mortars, artillery, car bombs etc.

33 items

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

39 items

Casualty Recording

Understanding the impact of violence

8 items

Weapons Review

New technologies of killing

29 items
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