Success in Eliminating Cluster Bombs Heightens Urgency to Stop New Attacks by Holdout States
(Geneva, 30 August 2018) – Ten years after its adoption by the international community, the treaty banning cluster munitions has an extremely impressive record of compliance due to the steadfast commitment by States Parties to the agreement’s binding provisions, according to an annual monitoring report released today by the Cluster Munition Coalition at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva.
(Washington, DC, le 14 décembre 2017) : Deux décennies après l’ouverture à la signature du traité interdisant les mines antipersonnel, l’utilisation nouvelle de ces armes par des états est extrêmement rare et les pays continuent leurs efforts pour mettre un terme au fléau que représente les mines d’ici 2025.
Landmines victim numbers up in conflict zones
Cluster munition attacks spike casualty toll as world shows steadfast resolve for humanitarian ban
(Geneva, 31 August 2017) – States are continuing to ratify and implement the international treaty prohibiting cluster munitions while new use of these notorious weapons in Syria and Yemen has caused even more civilian casualties, according to the annual monitoring report released today by the Cluster Munition Coalition at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva.
(Tokyo, 23 May 2017) – While 119 nations have joined the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions to rid the world of cluster munitions, in the past four years, 166 financial institutions invested US$31 billion in companies that produce cluster munitions. Investing in cluster munitions is morally unacceptable with devastating consequences when these weapons are used among civilians. Yet, financial institutions turn a blind eye and continue investing in companies that produce them.
Over the five-year period since 2011, international support to mine action peaked in 2012 at $498.9 million, followed by a sharp decline in the next years all the way down to $352 million in 2015.
The top ten donors to mine action between 2011-2015 were: the United States, Japan, the European Union, Norway, Germany, Australia, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Sweden.
(Geneva, 19 December 2016) – On Monday, 19 December, Ahmed Asirir, spokesperson for the Saudi-led coalition, announced that the use of UK-made BL-755 cluster munitions in Yemen has been stopped, also confirming that these cluster munitions had previously been used by the coalition in Yemen. This followed an inquiry into this use by the Saudi-led coalition, conducted in dialogue with the UK.
(Geneva, 7 September 2016) - The Convention on Cluster Munitions Sixth Meeting of States Parties (6MSP) has concluded three days of sessions aimed at taking stock of progress and adherence to the Dubrovnik Action Plan which guides the treaty's implementation efforts until 2020.
(Geneva, 5 September 2016) - Over 300 participants from more than 100 States, international and non-governmental organizations have initiated three days of work to take stock of the implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions' steering action plan. The Dubrovnik Action Plan seeks to increase adherence to the treaty, assist States Parties to develop resourced plans for destroying stocks, clearing contaminated lands, providing risk-reduction education and strengthening national capacity for victim assistance, among other core work.
More nations support ban on cluster munitions, but civilians continue to suffer
(Geneva, 1 September 2016) – More states have joined the international treaty prohibiting cluster munitions over the past year, but in the small number of conflicts where the weapon is being used civilians are still being killed and maimed by these indiscriminate weapons, according to the annual report released today by the Cluster Munition Coalition at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva.