Areas of harm : understanding explosive weapons with wide area effects
Pax, Article 36
[Utrecht] : Pax ; [S.l.] : Article 36, October 2016
43 p. : diagr., tabl., photogr. ; 30 cm
Against the background of international recognition of the humanitarian problems caused by the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, this report analyses how certain explosive weapons create wide area effects. The report considers the implications of these effects when such weapons are used in cities, towns and villages, finding that in some contexts certain explosive weapons are as likely, if not more likely, to cause harm to the civilian population as to damage a specific military target. The report also looks at how the area effects of certain explosive weapons are already recognised in military policy and practice as having a direct link to the risk presented to civilians. However, this recognition is dispersed across various policy and operational frameworks. In view of this, the report promotes the consolidation of this recognition through an international political declaration containing commitments to reduce harm from the use of explosive weapons.