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WATCH: Widespread Use of Cluster Bombs in Ukraine

Ukrainian government forces used cluster munitions in populated areas in Donetsk city in early October 2014. The use of cluster munitions in populated areas violates the laws of war due to the indiscriminate nature of the weapon and may amount to war crimes.

During a week-long investigation in eastern Ukraine, Human Rights Watch documented widespread use of cluster munitions in fighting between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in more than a dozen urban and rural locations. While it was not possible to conclusively determine responsibility for many of the attacks, the evidence points to Ukrainian government forces’ responsibility for several cluster munition attacks on Donetsk. An employee of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was killed on October 2 in an attack on Donetsk that included use of cluster munition rockets.

“It is shocking to see a weapon that most countries have banned used so extensively in eastern Ukraine,” said Mark Hiznay, senior arms researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Ukrainian authorities should make an immediate commitment not to use cluster munitions and join the treaty to ban them.”

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Islamic State jihadists have used cluster munitions in Syria in at least one location and Syria’s regime is continuing to use the widely banned weapon, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

The New York-based group, citing reports from local Kurdish officials and photographic evidence, said IS fighters had used cluster bombs on July 12 and August 14.

They were deployed in fighting around the town of Ayn al-Arab in Aleppo province, near the border with Turkey, in clashes between the jihadist group and local Kurdish fighters.
Any use of cluster munitions deserves condemnation, but the best response is for all nations to join the treaty banning them and work collectively to rid the world of these weapons.
Steve Goose, Arms Division Director - Human Rights Watch, “HRW: Islamic State jihadists using cluster bombs”, NOW media, Sept. 01, 2014

Two armed men pose with a US-made cluster bomb shell in northern Yemen.

CISR Director Dr. Ken Rutherford and students from St. Francis Catholic Central School, Morgantown, W.Va., at the Mine Ban Treaty event in Washington, D.C. on February 19.

The students are part of the West Virginia Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Bombs, under the direction of their teacher and long-time friend, Nora Sheets.

Lebanon has been devastated by conflicts and war for much of recent history, and it is still beset by the remains that are left behind when the battles cease.

DanChurchAid has helped the Lebanese authorities to clear up and to make the land safe since 2007.

The year before, a conflict broke out once more with Israel which resulted in large parts of southern Lebanon being bombed with cluster bombs. The result was thousands of unexploded cluster bombs in back gardens, on fields and roads. Other parts of the country have problems with land mines from the civil war that devastated Lebanon from 1975 to 1990.

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imageCanadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird speaks during the 68th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. (AP / Seth Wenig)

OTTAWA — Canada is planning to answer a plea by the tiny South Asian country of Laos and restart funding to help it cope with its infestation of deadly cluster bombs, The Canadian Press has learned.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is to announce a $1-million contribution, to be managed through a United Nations agency, during a trip to Laos on Tuesday.

Canada cut its funding to the international effort to help clear cluster munitions from Laos in 2012, after contributing more than $2 million between 1996 and 2011.

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Ottawa urged to ratify cluster munitions treaty


A poster for Handicap International’s “Fashion Victim” campaign. The group says some countries continue to use landmines and cluster bombs, which leave many innocent victims in their wake. (CNW Group/Handicap International)

They have been called “weapons of mass destruction in slow motion” and have killed or maimed hundreds of thousands over the past century. 

Today, landmine accidents claim about 12 lives per day in over 80 countries and territories around the world. There are an estimated 250,000 to 300,000 landmine survivors globally—most of whom are innocent civilians who have lost limbs or suffer permanent disability from their injuries.

Anti-landmine group Handicap International Canada aims to change these grim statistics with its new “Fashion Victim” campaign, which raises awareness of the ongoing use of landmines and cluster bombs and the many innocent victims they leave in their wake.

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