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  •  UN Convention on Cluster Munitions (5+ / 0-)
    The Convention on Cluster Munitions – CCM

    The Convention

    The Convention on Cluster Munitions, CCM, prohibits all use, stockpiling, production and transfer of Cluster Munitions. Separate articles in the Convention concern assistance to victims, clearance of contaminated areas and destruction of stockpiles.

    The Convention was adopted in Dublin by 107 states on 30 May 2008 and signed on 3 December the same year. 77 states are party to the Convention which became binding international law when it entered into force on 1 August 2010. The first third Meetings of States Parties took place in Vientiane (2010) and in Beirut (2011) and in Oslo (2012). Future States Parties will accede to the Convention by submitting their ratifications to the United Nations headquarters in New York.

    Full text versions of the Convention for download in English, French and Spanish

    http://www.clusterconvention.org/

    Kossacks can check to see if their country has ratified or signed the UN Convention on Cluster Munitions here:

    http://www.clusterconvention.org/...

    My own country has neither signed nor ratified the CCM. My wife's country is a signatory.

    •  The US has manufactured and used more cluster (1+ / 0-)
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      Annalize5

      bombs than any other nation. Israel is second.

      Here's a very good documentary on the legacy of these weapons. 50 years later, American bombs are still killing hundreds of children every year.

      http://en.video.canoe.tv/...
      Bomb Harvest
      During the American War in Vietnam, Laos was subjected to American aerial bombardment, representing the heaviest U.S. bombing campaign since World War II, and making Laos the most bombed country in history. The deadly legacy of this destruction continues, with the country still scattered with unexploded ordnance.

      Bomb Harvest explores how three generations of people have been left to deal with the mess of an air war long after it is over. It vividly depicts the consequences of war and the bravery of those trying to clear up its remains.

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