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16 September, 2016                                                                                         

6th Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions

States parties adopted a Political Declaration that condemns any use of cluster munitions by any actor. The declaration calls on states not parties to the convention to join it without delay.

Madagascar announced it would ratify the convention at the upcoming UN Treaty Event in September 2016.

The CMC delegation comprised over 60 coalition members from 28 countries in all regions. They conducted bilateral discussions with governments' representatives at the meeting, encouraging them to join the convention and to deliver on its promises urgently. Click here to read more.










 

The 2016 Cluster Munition Monitor

 
On 1st September the Cluster Munition Monitor 2016 was launched at the United Nations Office in Geneva, hosted by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). In parallel the report was released by national campaigns in several countries. The 2016 report covers global developments in ban policy, survey and clearance of cluster munition remnants, casualties and victim assistance. Click here to read more.
 














 


Briefing for delegates on key findings of the Cluster Munition Monitor 2016© CMC, 6MSP

African countries reaffirm commitment to eradicate cluster munitions

The workshop participants © ISUCCM

On 4-5 August 2016 the Africa Regional Workshop on the Universalization of the Convention on Cluster Munitions brought together 17 African states to discuss challenges and solutions to joining the Convention on Cluster Munitions. They commit to eradicate cluster munitions and end the suffering they cause by stepping up efforts to universalize the Convention and condemning their use. Click here to read more.

France completes destruction of cluster munition stockpile


Side event on challenges of cluster munition ctockpile destruction © CMC
 
France destroyed about 15 million cluster sub-munitions two years ahead of its mandatory deadline for stockpile destruction under the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Under the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions, states have eight years from the entry into force of the Convention to complete stockpile destruction. Click here to read more.
Campaigner Khurram Parvez Detained in India

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) calls for the immediate release of human rights activist Khurram Parvez, held under administrative detention by the Indian authorities in Srinagar.










Khurram Parvez ©Facebook


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Landmine survivors call on Chile to pass victims' law

On 26 July, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and the Chilean Campaign to Ban Landmines co-hosted the first national preparatory meeting for the 15th Meeting of States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty, to be held in Santiago, Chile from 28 November to 2 December of this year.  In a dialogue between landmine survivors, other members of civil society and government representatives in Santiago, survivors demanded the government to fulfill promises to victims.
 












Chilean landmine survivors in Santiago, Chile, © Adriana Sandoval/CCCM

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Landmines claim civilian victims in Yemen
 
Last week Human Rights Watch reported the use of landmines by Houthi forces and their allies in Yemen’s third-largest city of Taizz has caused numerous civilian casualties and hinders the return of families displaced by the fighting. The use of landmine has been reported while since 1998 Yemen as a State Party to the Mine Ban Treaty has been committed to prohibit the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of landmines.
Campaigners in action at the 6MSP






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