UK military to stop using 'dumb' cluster bombs

[JURIST] The UK Ministry of Defence [official website] announced [press release] Tuesday that British armed forces will no longer use certain types of cluster bombs [JURIST news archive; FAS backgrounder]. UK Secretary of State for Defence Des Browne [official profile] said the military will still use "smart" cluster bombs with self-destruct mechanisms in an attempt to strike a balance between providing troops with adequate weapons and protecting civilians.

In February, Britain was one of 46 countries at the Oslo Conference on Cluster Munitions [conference materials] that pledged to develop a new international treaty [JURIST report; Norwegian government press release] to ban the use of cluster bombs by 2008. Representatives from the US did not attend the Oslo conference and subsequently rejected the international call [JURIST report] to ban the use of cluster bombs. AFP has more.



 

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.