The bill to implement the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) is now before the House of Commons. Bill S-10 was passed by the Senate without the amendments needed to make it as strong as possible. The MBCBL is reminding Manitoba’s MPs that cluster munitions should be banned and under NO circumstances should Canada’s armed forces be involved with their use. The MBCBL has contacted all of Manitoba’s MPs about the issue and we will continue to monitor their work with Bill S-10.
Andorra became the latest country to join the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). There are now 81 states parties to the CCM
Liechtenstein became the 79th state to ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Its ratification adds to the total number of European countries that have committed to a ban on cluster munitions.
From the ICBL
All European Union are now on board — the United States is the lone hold out among NATO states.
On 27 December at the United Nations in New York, Poland became the 161st nation to join the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. “We warmly welcome Poland as a full member of the mine ban community. This ratification shows that all countries can and should renounce antipersonnel landmines forever. We hope other countries will now follow in Poland’s footsteps, particularly the US.” said Kasia Derlicka, ICBL Director.