The Cluster Munition Coalition ( CMC) called the CMC members to stay vigilant and stand strong against any use of cluster munitions including the ongoing use in Yemen and Syria and the recent use in Ukraine, Libya and Syria.
CMC made 4 April, the day of International Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, while regrettably cluster munitions continue to be used in Yemen and Syria, and to threaten the lives of civilians in these countries.
“ the fourth of April is observed globally and aims to stop the harm caused by all indiscriminate weapons, including the internationally outlawed cluster munitions,” reported CMC.
According to CMC, members of the Cluster Munition Coalition have taking actions in the lead up to and on 4 April to advance the goal of a cluster munition free world.
“Yemen as an example, where cluster munitions are still being used, in spite of a difficult and fragile security situation, national campaigners persist in trying to get the word out-by conducting mines/cluster munitions risk education and through mass media and social media outreach regarding the dangers of cluster munition remnants and other explosive remnants” CMC added.
The Convention on Cluster Munitions continues to reduce the harms caused by cluster munitions through: the destruction of160 million submunitions ; the joining of118 countries to the ban; the clearance of hundreds of square kilo-meters of cluster munitions-contaminated land; and the provision of assistance to cluster munitions victims. However, cluster munitions remain a global problem and cause harm to civilians in many countries, in particular in Yemen, Syria, Ukraine and Libya, as a result of continued or recent use.
CMC is a global civil society campaign working to eradicate cluster munitions, prevent further casualties from these weapons and put an end for all time to the suffering they cause.