September 4, 2013
by G. Redd
The Syrian government is currently using cluster munitions in its ongoing conflict, according to a report Wednesday by the Landmine and Cluster Munition Moniter (LCMM), an organization co-founded by Human Rights Watch (HRW). Cluster munitions are similar to landmines and have been voluntarily ...[read more]
March 16, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The Syrian regime is expanding its use of widely banned cluster bombs, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released Saturday. According to the report, the Syrian military has used cluster munitions in 119 locations across Syria, dropping at least 156 bombs over the last six months and ...[read more]
November 24, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On November 24, 2009, the US State Department (DOS) stated that the US would not sign a treaty banning the use of anti-personnel landmines, the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction. Though the US did not ...[read more]
October 14, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
The Syrian military is using cluster munitions against opposition forces, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Sunday. A Youtube video, posted by Syrian opposition forces, showed remnants of cluster munitions allegedly near several towns. Markings on the remnants suggest they were dropped from ...[read more]
July 12, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
Soviet-produced unexploded submunitions and a bomb canister were discovered in Jabel Shahshabu, a mountainous area near Hama in Syria and posted to YouTube, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. HRW confirmed the site of discovery by an activist who knows the YouTube poster. Syria is not known to ...[read more]
May 4, 2012
by Cody Harding
On May 4, 2011, International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo announced that an investigation had uncovered enough evidence to allow him to pursue warrants for Libyan leaders for war crimes and crimes against humanity. In March 2011, the ICC launched an investigation ...[read more]
December 6, 2011
by Cynthia Miley
On December 6, 2007, the Austrian Parliament passed legislation that established a complete ban on cluster munitions. Austria was the second country to institute such a ban after Belgium, which banned cluster munitions in February 2006. In May 2008, more than 100 countries adopted a draft treaty ...[read more]
August 1, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On August 1, 2010, the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) officially went into effect as binding international law. The CCM bans the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of cluster bombs or similar weapons that break apart into large numbers of smaller, self-contained explosives. The CCM ...[read more]
May 28, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On May 28, 2008, diplomats reached an agreement on a draft treaty banning the use, manufacture, and stockpiling of cluster munitions following ten days of negotiation at the Dublin Diplomatic Conference on Cluster Munitions. The Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) forbids signatories from acting ...[read more]
February 15, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On February 15, 2007, US Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced legislation that would have banned federal funds for the use, sale or transfer of cluster munitions. The Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act of 2007 would have allowed an exception for bombs to be ...[read more]

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