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by Diana Quick
A shared statement by peacebuilding organizations
International Day of Peace, 21 September 2018
Eight years ago today, the Convention on Cluster Munitions entered into force, prohibiting the use and production of cluster bombs. The Convention has had a major impact on many levels, including reducing the use of cluster bombs and preventing casualties.
120 states have joined the Convention. They all haven’t used cluster bombs since 2008.
Most other states no longer use cluster bombs, even though they have not yet joined the Convention.
Twenty-one humanitarian and human rights organizations respond with dismay to the Dutch Parliament’s approval of the EU’s new asylum plans to offshore asylum protection. With a joint appeal, they ask the government for a humane asylum policy, in line with international law.
The number of countries pushing for a ban on killer robots is growing. This is one of the results of a week of talks held by the UN last week in Geneva.
China is one of the countries which has come out for a ban, an important development since that country is one of the permanent members of the UN Security Council.
“To prevent a future of killer robots, we must have a legally-binding treaty. Nothing less will do,” says Miriam Struyk of PAX. She is in Geneva to attend a week of UN meetings on lethal autonomous weapons, also known as killer robots.
“We expect states to show their determination to avoid dehumanizing the use of force by moving to negotiate a new international legal framework ensuring meaningful human control over selecting and attacking targets.”
On 14 and 15 December EU Heads of State are expected to discuss the internal and external dimension of the EU’s migration policy. Instead of proposing policies that represent only the lowest common denominator between member states, the EU should put forward a principled agenda that addresses migration in both a humane and effective way. European leaders should leverage the attention to migration and displacement to promote global policies that are deeply embedded in a strong humanrightsagenda.
This week, European leaders meet in Brussels to discuss, amongst other things, progress on the EU-Turkey deal, the reform of the European asylum system, solidarity and responsibility sharing, and cooperation with countries of origin and transit. As humanitarian and human rights organisations working in Europe, we are gravely concerned that European policies are trying more and more to push people out of Europe, making it even harder to seek asylum, and leaving it to Member States of first entry, like Greece, to shoulder all the responsibility.
For people living in cities, towns and villages affected by conflict, the use of explosive weapons that affect wide areas represents one of the gravest risks of death, injury and wider long-term harm. Whilst fighting in populated areas inevitably puts the safety of the civilian population at risk, the use of weapons that will affect large sections of that area in a single attack, that may land at significant distances from the intended target, or that see multiple warheads rain down across an area, presents a severe threat.
Together with campaigners from around the world, united in the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC), PAX is in Geneva this week. The goal is to urge the international community to increase its efforts on the implement of the Convention Cluster Munitions (CCM). The CMC further calls for the strong condemnation of recent use of cluster munitions, notably in Syria and Yemen.
Joint NGO statement ahead of the European Council of 28-29 June 2016 NGOs strongly condemn new EU policies to contain migration
At the upcoming European Council, European Union (EU) leaders will discuss the European Commission’s Communication on a new Partnership Framework with third countries. The Communication proposes an approach which aims to leverage existing EU and Member States' external cooperation instruments and tools in order to stem migration to Europe.
Over US$28 billion invested in companies that produce internationally banned cluster bombs
Stop Explosive Investments
(Ottawa, 16 June 2016) – Despite the international ban on cluster munitions, 158 financial institutions invested more than US$28 billion in seven producers of the weapons between 1 June 2012 and 8 April 2016, according to a report launched today. The Cluster Munition Coalition calls on these financial institutions and governments to put an end once and for all to investment in producers of cluster bombs.