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Five minutes please


Damaged hospital building Avdiivka. (c) Anton Skyba for International Human Rights Clinic Harvard Law School and PAX

She was in a hurry when we spoke to her. “Five minutes please!”, she said, because she needed to attend to her patients. In September, we were in Eastern Ukraine to look at the impact of explosive weapons on health care. The Avdiivka hospital was one of the locations we visited, and the nurse was one of many health workers who shared their experience with us.

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NATO’s 2% Target

NATO states should aim to spend 2% of their GDP on defence, says NATO. But percentage of GDP is not a fair, nor a useful way of judging adequacy of defence spending.

Wilbert van der Zeijden

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Standards for Casualty Recording

Today, launches the first ever Standards for Casualty Recording. PAX is a supporter of the work of Every Casualty, because we know from our own work how important it is during and after conflict to know who died and to understand the circumstances that led to anyone’s death. There is a 2nd launch event planned in London on 8 December.

Read the EveryCasualty commentary on the importance of standards for casualty recording.

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The Sceptre of Srebrenica


Potocari memorial near the Srebrenica safe area © Birgit Kruitwagen

The failure to protect civilians in the Srebrenica safe area in 1995, culminated in the murder of more than 8,000 boys and men. The lessons learned from the horrific events at Srebrenica continue to affect the thinking about methods to protect civilians in conflict to this day. This blog is the first in a short series about those lessons, part of the internship of Birgit Kruitwagen who looks specifically at the concept of safe areas historically and today.


By Birgit Kruitwagen
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The skies of Saada are raining fire

After a week of negotiations on the implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty the states present have decided on a Trust Fund, have created working groups on universalisation and implementation, and have decided that Finland will chair the Conference of State Parties in 2017. These are important technical issues for the implementation of the treaty. Sadly however there has been no mention by states of arms transfers to states involved in the war in Yemen. An issue that lies at the heart of what the treaty is about: reducing human suffering.

By Daan Kayser

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Indrukwekkende TED talk over slachtoffers clustermunitie

Journaliste Laura Boushnak vertelde vandaag in haar TED talk het indrukwekkende verhaal van overlevenden van clustermunitie.

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