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The All Party Parliamentary Group on Explosive Weapons will build on the work of the previous group and draw attention to the humanitarian consequences of the manufacture, possession, sale, purchase, transport and unlawful use of explosive weapons. It will raise the profile of the humanitarian benefits of mine action work around the globe by awareness training and capacity building, campaigning for appropriate policy change and acting as a focal point for debate and the exchange of ideas, views and information.

Explosive Weapons: This term includes Landmines, Improvised Explosive Devices and other Explosive Remnants of War.

 

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Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Explosive Weapons will take place at 2pm on Wednesday 14th September 2016 in Meeting Room U, Portcullis House. Ms Agnes Marcaillou, Director of the United Nations Mine-Action Service in New York, will be guest speaker. For more information, please contact Nigel Ellway APPGEW Co-ordinator.

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Improvised Explosive Devices: global solutions for a global threat

A conference to discuss the findings from an inquiry held by the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Explosive Weapons 15th September 2016, Macmillan Suite, Portcullis House, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) have dominated the news headlines recently, with 2015 being dubbed ‘the year of the suicide bomber’. IEDs now harm more innocent people than landmines, and explosive remnants of war and are becoming a political priority across the globe. Incidents like those in Paris…

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Action on Explosive Weapons Under Big Ben!

The allure of a mine-hunting drone flying in Parliament was too much for MPs Peers and their staff – despite being the Queen’s Birthday and the day the US President arrived, a record number of parliamentarians came to see the latest in UK technology and techniques in clearing explosive weapons – including the innovative drone – and to try for themselves some of the equipment under the shadow of Big Ben. The focus of the event, organised by the All…

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UN Meeting in Geneva, 19th February

The APPG on Explosive Weapons was invited to present to the 19th International Meeting of Mine Action National Programme Directors and United Nations Advisors at the UN in Geneva in February. Addressing the meeting, Roger called for closer collaboration between Parliamentarians from around the world to address the humanitarian impacts of the use of explosive weapons. Mr Mullin said: There must be stronger international action to protect the most vulnerable citizens, particularly children, from the aftermath of conflict. Too many…

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UK politicians to probe the use and humanitarian impact of IEDs

The worrying increase in the use of IEDs around the world is the subject of a new inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Explosive Weapons. International organizations and individuals including United Nations Agencies, NGOs, academics and specialists in security and defence have been invited to present written evidence, answering the following questions: What are the main groups that operate around the globe today and what types of IEDs do they employ? What challenges do state governments and law…

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Rise in child suicide bombings – International Community must take action

Two reports from UNICEF and Action on Armed Violence which state that children as young as 7 have been used as suicide bombers have prompted SNP MP Roger Mullin to lead a special debate in Westminster on the issue, and to call on the international community for action. Mr Mullin said: “These vulnerable children are victims themselves, and deserve all we can do to protect them. “The lack of clear statistics on the extent of the problem means that tackling…

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Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood’s speech at the Launch of the Group

Ladies and gentlemen, it is a great pleasure to be here – and I would like to thank the All Party Parliamentary Group for its excellent work on the explosive weapons agenda to date. I’m delighted that the group has reformed for this Parliamentary term – and I congratulate Roger on his appointment as Chair. I very much look forward to working with him and his fellow Group members over the coming years. It is imperative that we continue to…

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Chairman Roger Mullin MP’s speech at the Group Launch

Good afternoon and thank you all for coming here today My name is Roger Mullin and I am both the SNP MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath and the chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Explosive Weapons. Before I say a little about why I feel it so important to become involved with the group and its aims, I would like to welcome and thank the Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood for being here, he and I have just…

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