Explosive weapons discussed at the International Conference of the Red Cross
On 9 December 2015 in Geneva, at the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, the humanitarian problem of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas was discussed at a side event chaired by Ambassador Thomas... Read more
Ban Ki-Moon, ICRC call for curb on explosive weapons use, states move towards commitm...
On 31 October, as First Committee delegates contemplated their voting instructions, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) President Peter Maurer met in Geneva to issue a stark critique of international efforts to protect civilians. Their six-point call included a... Read more
UK turns back on UN protection of civilians
Thomas Nash The UK is set to break with a 15-year tradition by refusing to hold an open debate on the protection of civilians during its presidency of the UN Security Council in November. Its plan to forego an open... Read more
Side event: Protecting civilians from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas
On 19 October 2015 Austria hosted a side event to the UN General Assembly First Committee on protecting civilians from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. Opening the event, Ambassador Thomas Hajnoczi of Austria noted the unacceptable toll... Read more