Victory for Norm Against Cluster Munitions!
The campaign against cluster munitions successfully defeated an attempt to undermine the Cluster Munition Ban at a conference of the Convention on Conventional Weapons last week. Over 50 states, led by Norway, Austria and Mexico, rejected the US proposal, backed by Russia and China, which would have opened up new loopholes in the norm against these indiscriminate weapons. A major civil society mobilization coordinated by the Cluster Munition Campaign and the International Committee of the Red Cross raised international awareness of the threat to the treaty, culminating in a global petition signed by almost 600,000 people.
“The message from the failed efforts today is clear – cluster bombs are indiscriminate, kill long after they are dropped and are illegal,” said Amy Little of the Cluster Munition Coalition. “Countries like China, India, Israel, Russia and the US who say they are seriously concerned about the humanitarian impact, should go home and immediately begin destroying their stockpiles.”
For more details on the campaign against cluster munitions and what it means for international politics, read this article I co-wrote with Thomas Nash in Global Policy. For Nash’s thoughts on this latest victory for the campaign, click here.