Ban on cluster bombs a “victory for humanity,” say campaigners

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 05 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1268
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

Disability campaigners and survivors of cluster bombs have welcomed the comprehensive ban on cluster munitions agreed last week in Dublin. As well as outlawing an entire class of weapons, the ban includes provisions to help victims.

Thomas Nash, coordinator of the Cluster Munition Coalition, said, “We have consigned cluster bombs to the dustbin of history and stigmatised their use. With this historic agreement cluster bombs can never be used, produced, or transferred again, and this is a victory for humanity.”

The agreement “raises the bar for treaties covering conventional weapons, particularly around …

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