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.
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.
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.