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Charity calls for ban on cluster bombs

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 02 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:988
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. London

    Landmine Action—a UK umbrella group of concerned organisations—is calling for the concerted clearance of “explosive remnants of war” and a moratorium on cluster bombs until new international humanitarian law is in place.

    The move comes as part of landmine action week, 4-10 November. Unexploded cluster bombs are similar to landmines: “As there is no way of distinguishing between soldiers and civilians, their use is indiscriminate, and that is in clear breach of international law,” says the group.

    The United States dropped 600 cluster bombs on Afghanistan in its initial bombing campaign, according to research by the charity Human Rights Watch. Each …

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