The last U.S. maker of cluster bombs has stopped producing them . . . for the moment.
While 100 nations have ratified a treaty banning cluster bombs, the United States still treats this horrible weapon as legal. At any moment a U.S. maker of cluster bombs could resume production for a rush order to be used by Saudi Arabia, Israel, the U.S. military, or some other customer.
Let's seize this moment when production has ceased to put a legal ban in place. Click here to email your Congress member and senators.
Cluster bombs kill, injure, traumatize, and destroy on a massive scale. They also leave numerous small, unexploded bombs lying around, which are sometimes picked up by children. The United States has dropped cluster bombs on Iraq, supplied them to Saudi Arabia for its current war on Yemen, and failed to strongly protest their use by others in the current war on Syria.
The halt in U.S. production follows protests of the bombing of civilians in Yemen, a White House pause in shipments to Saudi Arabia, and peace activist demonstrations outside the manufacturer. Click here to build on this momentum.
A report by Handicap International finds that "97% of victims of cluster munitions were civilians in 2015, and 36% were children. The conflicts in Yemen and Syria are among the most hazardous."
The Convention on Cluster Munitions prohibits all use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster munitions. It establishes a framework for cooperation and assistance to ensure adequate care and rehabilitation to survivors and their communities, clearance of contaminated areas, risk reduction education and destruction of stockpiles.
Adopted on May 30, 2008 in Dublin, Ireland and signed on December 3-4, 2008 in Oslo, Norway, the Convention entered into force on August 1, 2010. To date 119 nations have signed the Convention and 100 of them ratified it. The United States has not even signed it.
Click here to email President Obama asking him to sign the Convention, and Congress asking for swift ratification.
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> Foreign Policy: Last Remaining U.S. Maker of Cluster Bombs Stops Production
> Handicap International: Alarming Escalation of Cluster Munition Use in Yemen and Syria
> The Convention on Cluster Munitions