Governments from around the world have been meeting in Geneva in recent to measure the progress made in banning and limiting some of the world’s most dangerous weapons. At meetings of both the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) and the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), Action on Armed Violence has taken the stage to […]
A new report released today by the Dutch peace group IKV Pax Christi shows that UK financial institutions are investing £1.1 billion in overseas companies that produce cluster bombs. Cluster bombs are illegal weapons banned by the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions. The UK has ratified the Convention but has not yet made it explicit […]
The international treaty banning cluster munitions is gaining in strength despite Syria’s use of the weapons, Action on Armed Violence joined in others in saying as a diplomatic meeting of the convention concluded in Lusaka, Zambia. “Zambia showed clear intent to take a proactive lead in encouraging universalisation of the Convention, and states were lining up […]
The more than 100 governments attending the Fourth Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions this week should strongly condemn Syria’s use of the weapon, said the Cluster Munition Coalition as the meeting opened today in Lusaka, Zambia. Syrian government forces began using cluster munitions in 2012 and the use has continued into 2013, […]
Next week there is to be a major Cluster Munition Convention in Lusaka, Zambia. More than 100 countries are gathering for the fourth annual meeting of the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions to report on progress to eradicate cluster munitions. The Cluster Munition Coalition, of which AOAV is a member, believes that that every country in the […]
Today’s announcement of a massive deal for US firm Textron to make more than a thousand new cluster bombs for Saudi Arabia is a regressive step that goes against the norms of the treaty that outlawed these weapons in 2008. In a deal announced today, Saudi Arabia will buy 1,300 new CBU-105 cluster bombs. The […]
More than half the world has so far joined the Convention on Cluster Munitions. 85 countries are left to do so, 12 of which have a proven record of using cluster munitions in the past. Click here to learn more about cluster munitions and their deadly legacy.
Cluster bombs have killed and injured thousands of civilians during their history of use and continue to do so today. They cause widespread harm on impact and yet remain dangerous, killing and injuring civilians long after a conflict has ended. One third of all recorded cluster munitions casualties are children. 60% of cluster bomb casualties […]
AOAV reports from the conference on universalizing the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Lomé.
Serena Olgiati’s presentation on casualty recording at the Convention on Cluster Munitions Intersessionals on 15 April 2013.