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Joint letter to protest the use of cluster bombs in Syria

Mr.Firas AL RASHIDI

Acting Ambassador/First Secretary

Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic in Japan

 

Your Excellency,

We, the citizens of Japan, deeply regret that a large number of Syrian citizens have been victimized in the recent conflict that has been escalating since March 2011. We hope the conflict to end promptly without further sacrifice in our friendly nation of Syria.

We are especially concerned with the use of weapons such as cluster bombs for their horrific consequences; a certain percentage of those weapons fail to explode on impact and will remain as great threats once war is over - Such explosive remnants of war will pose serious danger not only to the civilians but also to the environments.

Unnecessary turmoil even after ceasefire will hinder reconstruction. In particular, many young children are expected to fall victim, who are the hope and future of the country.

The media and humanitarian organization have reported us that the Soviet cluster bombs were used by the Syrian Army last October, and the surface-launched cluster bombs in January 2013.

We condemn the use of cluster bombs, such inhumane weapon, in the land of Syria and demand that it should never be used. We call for Syrian Government to join the Convention on Cluster Munitions and reiterate to end for all time the unacceptable harm to innocent civilians caused by cluster bombs.

Sincerely yours

Yasuhiro Kitagawa

Representative,

Japan Campaign to Ban Landmines

 

Organization in support;

JIM-NET

ayus:Network of Buddhists Volunteers on International Cooperation

JAPAN TEAM OF YOUNG HUMAN POWER

Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC)

PEACE BOAT

Green Action Saitama

Japan Volunteer Center

Human Rights Watch

Amnesty International Japan 

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