Cluster Munitions Use: Civilian Casualties in Yemen

Since March 2015, a Saudi Arabian led coalition has been fighting the Houthi rebels in Yemen, as part of an operation called “Operation Decisive Storm”. Now, the human rights organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) has reported that due to the use of cluster munitions during the fighting, civilians have been seriously injured.[1]

The production, trade and use of cluster munitions is internationally outlawed by the Oslo Convention, which entered into force on 1 August 2010.   ... →

Comeback of cluster munition prevented

US fails to internationally legalise cluster munition

Following 14 days of intensive negotiations in Geneva, the US, India, China and other proponents of cluster munitions have not succeded in their attempt to legitimise their weapon arsenals. „The prevention of the legalisation of cluster munitions is a milestone in the development of international law which can partially be attributed to the achievements of civil society“, claims Thomas Küchenmeister from ‘FACING FINANCE’.   ... →

European Parliament against the softening of the ban on cluster munition

On November 17, the European Parliament has adopted a resolution which urges the EU Member States to refrain from the softening of the prohibition of cluster munition. According to the EP, the draft proposal which is currently negotiated in Geneva is „full of exceptions and loopholes“. This could enable both the production and usage of cluster munition.   ... →

Proscription of cluster munition in danger

Nicht explodierte Streumunition Nicht explodierte Streumunition | Bild (Ausschnitt): © CMC

Nongovernmental organisations warn of renunciation of humanitarian arms control

(Berlin 8.11.11) Representatives of 13 nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) have urged the German governmental coalition consisting of Christian Democracts (CDU/CSU) and Liberals (FDP) to do everything in their power to prevent the renunciation of the proscription of cluster munition. In two open letters (only available in German) the NGOs called for more governmental support of the ban which has entered into force only one year ago.   ... →

Bundestag Round Table

Round Table "Investment in Streumunition", Deutscher Bundestag, 22.9.2011 Round Table "Investment in Streumunition", Deutscher Bundestag, 22.9.2011 | Bild (Ausschnitt): © Facing Finance

On September 22, FACING FINANCE organised a round table titled „Ban investments in cluster munition and anti-personnel mines“ in the German Bundestag in cooperation with Uta Zapf, Director of the subcommittee on disarmament, arms control and non-dissemination. At a first information meeting at the Bundestag, the so called „Parliamentarian ‘ Breakfast“ in May 2011, delegates had called for more dialogue with German financial institutions and reports of other countries which had already adopted measures to prohibit the production of cluster munition.   ... →

Switzerland prohibits financing cluster munition

On the second day of the Meeting of States Parties, Switzerland declared to ratify the Oslo-Convention on cluster munitions. It includes a ban on direct and indirect financing of internationally baned weaponry. According to the Federal Council of Switzeland, direct financing includes credits, loans and grants while indirect financing rather refers to holding shares of corporations which develop, produce or purchase condemned weapons.   ... →