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Cluster Munitions and the Convention on Conventional Weapons

Myths and Realities

Discussions on cluster munitions have been ongoing in some form or another in the forum of the 1980 Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) for more than a decade. Since 2007 a Group of Government Experts (GGE) has been meeting regularly to negotiate a new legally binding agreement. The mandate for the GGE in 2011 is “to address urgently the humanitarian impact of cluster munitions, while striking a balance between military and humanitarian considerations.” In late 2010 a draft protocol on cluster munitions (CCW/GGE/2010-II/WP.2) was circulated by the chair of the GGE. Apparently supplanting this text, a revised “Advance Version” of a new text prepared by the chair was distributed in March 2011.

In this memo, Human Rights Watch discusses five myths about the CCW protocol on cluster munitions.

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