Short Film: Ban Cluster Bombs!

On August 1, 2010, the Convention on Cluster Munitions became binding international law, marking a historic victory in the international campaign to ban cluster bombs. Cluster munitions have been in widespread use for about 40 years. For much of that time advocacy groups and international institutions have spoken out about their predictable but devastating impact on civilians. CoR’s short film “Banning Cluster Bombs” provides a brief insight into the campaign and the ongoing fight to destroy existing stockpiles of the weapons, clear contaminated areas, and assist affected communities.

Click here to visit CoR's action page about cluster bombs to find out how you can get involved.

Cluster munitions are relics of the Cold War that were introduced to prevent large military troop formations and advancements. Deployed from the air, they were designed to explode and release submunitions that scatter over a large area. However, many of these bombs failed to explode and have become a fatal threat to civilians, while many more are manufactured every year. The Cluster Munition Coalition cites that 98% of all cluster bomb victims are civilians and one-third of all recorded cluster munitions casualties are children.

Since 2007 the groups that comprise the Cluster Munition Coalition have advocated for an international ban on the production, sale, and use of cluster bombs. They tallied their first international victory in 2008 with the adoption and signing of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). On August 1, 2010, with the addition of Burkina Faso and Moldova, the treaty reached the required 30 ratifications to enter into force.

The convention victory is a powerful example of how sustained, impassioned campaigning can move governments to the side of international opinion. However, critical work remains to be done. Of the 104 countries that have signed the treaty, 74 have not ratified it into law. Furthermore, major world powers such as the United States and China have yet to sign and ratify the convention.

Click here to visit our action page, or visit the Cluster Munition Coalition's website.

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