today issued the following statement in response to the Defense Departments decision to reverse its policy that would have ended the use of cluster munitions
with a failure rate greater than 1 percent: Its unbelievable that the Trump administration is reversing course and allowing cluster munitions
that are prone to failure to continue to be used on the battlefield.
When the House of Representatives passed its $576 billion defense appropriations bill June 16, one amendment that did not pass was the one introduced by Michigan Democrat John Conyers, which would have barred the United States from sending cluster munitions
, also known as cluster bombs, to Saudi Arabia.
HRW said it had gathered photographs, video and other evidence indicating that cluster munitions
had been used in air strikes against the Houthi rebel stronghold of Saada province in Yemen's northern mountains in recent weeks.
In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Thursday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused the Sudanese government of using cluster munitions
, classed as indiscriminate weapons banned under the convention on cluster munitions
that Sudan has yet to join.
The Convention on Cluster Munitions
(CCM) is "an international treaty that addresses the unacceptable harm to civilians caused by cluster munitions
, through a categorical prohibition of the weapon and a framework for action" (UNDP 2014).
Summary: Assad regime forces accused of using 'banned' type of cluster munitions
not previously seen in Syria conflict.
The rocket is the largest type of cluster munition
rocket to be used in Syria and contains sub-munitions that are more powerful and deadly than other types of sub-munitions," HRW said in a statement.
We think the evidence is compelling that the Syrian government forces have used cluster munitions
," Stephen Goose, from both CMC and the campaign group Human Rights Watch, said in London, as he launched a report on the use and disposal of the weapons worldwide.
A cluster bomb, also known as cluster munition
, is a form of air-dropped or ground-launched explosive weapon that releases smaller bomblets, also known as sub-munitions.
Organizations such as the Cluster Munition
Coalition have a long-term goal of disarming the world's militaries, he said.
The group observed the cluster munition
used was a Spanish-produced MAT-120 120 mm mortar projectile, which it said opens in mid-air and releases 21 submunitions over a wide area.
Bulgaria has become the 56th nation to ratify the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions
, the Cluster Munition
Coalition has announced praising the country's stand on cluster bombs.