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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

US Senators introduced legislation limiting cluster bomb use

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 used against "clearly defined military targets and not where civilians are known to be present." The president would have been allowed to waive this requirement by certifying that doing so is vital to protect US security, and submitting a report describing the steps that will be taken to protect civilians and the failure rate of the cluster munitions to be used or sold. The legislation was referred to committee and was not voted on.



Learn more about laws regulating cluster munitions from the JURIST news archive.




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