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States should highlight explosive weapons at UN protection of civilians debate

January 15, 2015  Comments are off

On January 27 2015 the UN Security Council will hold an Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict. Article 36 encourages states to raise the issue of the humanitarian impact of explosive weapons in populated areas in the debate. As has been recognised by a number of states, the harm caused by explosive weapons is a key issue for civilian protection. The threat to civilians from explosive weapons in 2014 was recently highlighted by Human Rights Watch, whose... 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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Victim assistance in a treaty banning nuclear weapons: new briefing paper

January 21, 2015  Comments are off

At the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons, Austria committed to work to “fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons”. This represents a significant step towards a treaty process to ban nuclear weapons. Austria observed in their pledge that despite the “unacceptable harm that victims of nuclear weapons explosions and nuclear testing have experienced … the rights and needs of victims have not yet been adequately addressed “. In this... Read more

Explosive Weapons

Mortars, artillery, car bombs etc.

32 items

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

37 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.

32 items

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

37 items

Casualty Recording

Understanding the impact of violence

8 items

Weapons Review

New technologies of killing

28 items
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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.

32 items

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

37 items

Casualty Recording

Understanding the impact of violence

8 items

Weapons Review

New technologies of killing

28 items
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