Anti-Vehicle Mines

Anti-vehicle (Anti-tank) Mines: Mines other than anti-personnel mines (MOTAPM)

Anti-vehicle mines (AVM) – GICHD/SIPRI

In October 2014, the GICHD and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) published a study on the Humanitarian and Developmental Impact of Anti-vehicle Mines.  Over the next four years, the GICHD/SIPRI will pursue this research by contributing to improved evidence of the humanitarian and developmental impact of AVM, including by monitoring and mapping of AVM accidents. The aims for this project are to:  Gather data on new accidents during the period 2015-2018 and display them on an interactive and quarterly-updated map; Compile and analyse historical AVM accident data.

The Humanitarian Impact of Anti-vehicle Mines – Landmine Monitor 

Landmine Monitor has been recording the negative humanitarian impact of landmines, including antivehicle mines, since it began reporting in 1999. Between 2010 and 2011, the percentage of casualties recorded as caused by antivehicle mines increased in relation to the annual total of mine/ERW casualties.

From 1999 through the end of 2011, the Monitor identified 5,693 casualties from antivehicle mines. Casualties were recorded in 52 states and six other areas. Available data reveals that the majority of recorded antivehicle mine casualties are civilians (over 70%).

ICRC has reported that anti-vehicle mines have a major impact on civilian populations. However, this impact is qualitatively different than that of anti-personnel mines — the most disturbing effects of which are the maiming or killing of large numbers of individual civilians. In contrast, the most troubling effects of anti-vehicle mines are the denial of humanitarian assistance to large numbers of civilians in both conflict and post-conflict situations and the limitation of movement of affected populations. By making the transportation structure, particularly roadways, unusable, anti-vehicle mines all too often prevent essential foods, medicines and other relief supplies and services from reaching vulnerable populations often in desperate need of such help.

NATO-  Information related to AV blast landmine injuries This annex presents the medical aspects of anti-vehicular (AV) blast landmine injuries.

Anti-vehicle mines Discussion Paper, November-December 2004, and MAG

The Road to a Truly Mine-Free World–Government Attitudes to Anti-Vehicle Mines 2005_ANBL, 2005, International Campaign to Ban Landmines Australian Network (ANBLC) and avm-brochure

See also:

‘Mines other than Anti-Personnel Mines,’ Issue Brief, March 2012, GICHD 

Humanitarian Impact from Mines other than Anti-Personnel Mines, October 2004, GICHD

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