Archive for 'Cluster Munitions'
Qusai al-Habbash, 48, a science teacher and the father of the two girls who died, says the area had been calm and that families along the street had been going about their business as normal. “Still, I thought of warning my children not to go outside, because of what was happening in other areas,” he [...]
Allegations of the use of white phosphorus have been made against Israel in their attack on the Gaza Strip and firework-like explosions during the offensive like those made when using the chemical have been widely seen.
Norwegian medics say that some of the victims who have been wounded since Israel began its attacks on the Gaza Strip on December 27 have traces of depleted uranium in their bodies. There are also reports that the Israeli Army is using both cluster bombs in the northern part of the Strip, as well as [...]
Canada today became a signatory of the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Ambassador Jillian Stirk, acting on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, signed the Convention in Oslo, Norway.
On December 3, 2008, a new treaty will open for signature: the Convention on Cluster Munitions. After landmines, cluster munitions pose the greatest risk to civilians, causing more civilian casualties in Iraq in 2003 and Kosovo in 1999 than any other weapon system. Yet so far, Canada has not declared that it intends to sign [...]
Cluster munitions kill children and other civilians long after wars are over–and this week, we have a chance to ban them. 116 countries are in the final stages of negotiation on a cluster bomb ban — but some are trying to water down the treaty with loopholes, exceptions, and delays. The Canadian government, while support [...]
Canadian banks and pension funds continue to finance the manufacture of cluster munitions, which maim and kill thousands of civilians, post-conflict.
Why did Canada oppose the Ban on Cluster Bombs? According to Belgian NGO, Netwerk Vlaanderen, the Bank of Nova Scotia, Toronto Dominion Bank, Royal Bank of Canada and the Bank of Montreal have collectively invested $215 million (USD) in companies producing cluster bombs.