Explosive weapons in populated areas
Explosive weapons use blast and fragmentation to kill and injure people in the area where they detonate, as well as to damage objects, buildings and infrastructure. When used in populated areas they tend to cause high levels of harm to individuals and communities. Destruction of infrastructure vital to the civilian population, including water and sanitation, housing, schools and hospitals, results in a pattern of wider, long term suffering. Victims and survivors of explosive weapons can face long-term challenges of disability, psychological harm, and social and economic exclusion.
Reclaiming the Protection of Civilians Under IHL
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted a global conference on the protection of civilians under International Humanitarian Law in Oslo from 23-24 May 2013, inviting states, international organisations and civil society. The conference built on a series of regional... Read more
INEW writes to states on protecting civilians from explosive weapons
As the conflict in Syria enters its third year, reports on the situation civilians are facing, highlight the devastating impacts of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas and highlight the need to develop stronger international standards to restrict... Read more
Explosive weapons raised as key issue in Security Council debate on protection of civ...
The UN Security Council held a debate on the protection of civilians on 12 February 2013. During the debate 15 states made reference to the problem of explosive weapons in populated areas. Of these, Qatar spoke on behalf of the... Read more