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07 May, 2015                                                                                                   

  


Yemen bombarded with cluster munitions




A BLU-108 canister with four submunitions still attached found in the al-Amar area of al-Safraa, Saada governorate, in northern Yemen on April 17, 2015. (c) 2015 Private

The Coalition led by Saudi Arabia used cluster munitions in strikes over Yemen that started on 26 March, including near villages, according to credible evidence gathered by Human Rights Watch.

This, despite the fact that, at a news conference in Riyadh on 29 March, a representative of Saudi Arabia, Brig. Gen. al-Assiri, had told the media: "We are not using cluster bombs at all."

Saudi Arabia admits use of CBU-105 sensor-fuzed weapons in Yemen.

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Colombia, it's time to get on board!

 

Signing the Convention in Oslo, Dec. 2008. (c) Gunnar Mjaugedal/catchlight.no

Last week, the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) together with the Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas (CCCM) launched a global action urging Colombia to ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

Campaigners around the world have started taking action by writing letters, tweeting and contacting Colombian embassies to urge Mr. Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, the President of Colombia to take the last step and ratify the Convention.

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Strong call for African countries to commit to cluster bomb ban

During a workshop on 16 April 2015 in New York, Zambia called on fellow African states to ensure they ratify or accede to the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions.

New Zealand,Norway, the ICRC and CMC offered to support states to become States Parties to the Convention.

The workshop on the Convention for sub-Saharan African countries was co-hosted by the Permanent Missions of Costa Rica and Croatia and organised by CMC members Norwegian People’s Aid and PAX.

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Investing in Action 2015

ICBL-CMC launched Investing in Action 2015 grant programme that will support advocacy activities of the its member organisations.

Grants awarded under the Investing in Action programme will support advocacy and campaigning activities to persuade governments to ratify or accede to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) and/or the Mine Ban Treaty (MBT) to enhance the implementation of the treaties. 

The application process is now open to ICBL-CMC members, and the deadline for applications is Sunday 17 May 2015.

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Campaigners mark International Day of Mine Awareness
 

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munition Coalition and its members marked 4 April, the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action by conducting advocacy activities and showing solidarity to people affected by landmines and cluster munitions. With multiple activities on and around the day, campaigners urged their governments to join the Convention on Cluster Munitions and the Mine Ban Treaty, and to complete obligations under the treaties.

Read the full report here.
Concern at reported use of antipersonnel mines in South Sudan

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) is concerned by a recent report detailing possible new use of antipersonnel mines by the armed forces of the government of South Sudan in Nassir, Upper Nile State.

The ICBL calls on South Sudanese authorities to confirm or deny the claimed use of antipersonnel mines at Nassir and ensure no antipersonnel mine are ever used by governmental forces.

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Cluster Bomb Use in Sudan


The Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) is deeply worried about reports of cluster bomb use by the air force of Sudan in the Nuba mountains (South Kordofan) in February and March 2015.

For the safety of the Sudanese people, the CMC calls upon the authorities to fully investigate and to publicly report in details on steps taken and on findings.

Sudan should also demonstrate its commitment towards International Humanitarian Law by joining the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

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ICBL-CMC 2014 Annual Report

International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munition Coalition (ICBL-CMC) 2014 annual report is now available online . The report presents major activities and achievements of the CMC and ICBL and reflect members’ contributions.


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