From Condemnation to Concrete Action: A Five-Year Review of Incendiary Weapons
Memorandum to Convention on Conventional Weapons DelegatesIncendiary weapons rank among the cruelest means of armed conflict. The fire and heat they produce cause excruciatingly painful burns that are difficult to treat and can lead to long-term psychological harm and severe disfigurement. They also start fires that can destroy buildings and infrastructure.
This paper provides a five-year review of developments related to incendiary weapons. It describes the harm that such weapons, including white phosphorus, inflict, and the shortcomings of 1980 Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) Protocol III on incendiary weapons. The paper lays out evidence of recent use of incendiary weapons, including …read more
Source: Human Rights Watch