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Statement to the Vienna Conference on Protecting Civilians in Urban Warfare

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Thanks for the floor.  I’m Steve Goose of Human Rights Watch.  Human Rights Watch is a co-founder of the International Network on Explosive Weapons. I thank this interesting panel, and indeed the two previous panels. This has been a highly informative day, though also highly disturbing given the subject.  It has also been energizing, with many calls for action, and in particular calls for the development of a political declaration committing states to better protect civilians from attacks on urban areas. The three panels have demonstrated conclusively that the main cause of civilian harm from armed…

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