U.S. Once Again Fails to Announce Promised Landmine Policy Review Outcome
At the close of the Mine Ban Treaty Meeting in Geneva on December 5, the U.S. delegation provided no further substantive information on the progress of the administration's landmine policy review, which was initiated in 2009. One year ago, at this same annual meeting, the U.S. delegation assured States Parties that it would conclude the long-delayed review “soon.” At a later public briefing, the head of the U.S. delegation further clarified that “soon” would be consistent with a reasonable understanding of the word, and that he believed—at the outside—that an announcement of the decision of the review would take place no later than the meeting which just concluded. Yet at this meeting, the head of the U.S. delegation made a new statement with no other information than that the policy review is “pressing forward.” USCBL responded by pointing out that the administration is not taking the review seriously enough or making it a priority--and that during the same four years that the administration has avoided making the decisions necessary to join this lifesaving convention, more than 16,000 men, women, and children have been killed or maimed by a landmine, many by U.S. munitions, and ten more casualties will continue to occur every day moving forward as they continue to postpone. Read more...
Convention on Cluster Munitions Celebrates 3rd Anniversary: Senators and Congressman Call on Administration To Review Cluster Munitions Policy
On the third anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, the United States Campaign to Ban Cluster Bombs joins Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Patrick Leahy, and Rep. James McGovern in calling for the U.S. to review its existing cluster munitions policy and to take immediate steps toward joining the Convention. In a letter to President Obama dated July 17, Feinstein, Leahy, and McGovern urged the Pentagon to stop using cluster munitions immediately and requested a review of the Department of Defense's (DOD) current policy on cluster munitions. They wrote, "Cluster munitions are indiscriminate, unreliable and pose an unacceptable danger to U.S. forces and civilians alike. The U.S. government's cluster munitions policy is outdated and should be immediately reviewed." Click here to read the press release.
Tell President Obama to Announce the Conclusion of the U.S. Landmine Policy Review!
President Barack Obama announced in December 2009 that the administration had initiated a comprehensive review of its U.S. landmine policy. However, the U.S. has still not announced the outcome of this review process. U.S. citizens, landmine survivors and campaigners from every corner of the globe have been calling on the U.S. to join the treaty for the last fifteen years. The world has waited long enough. We need your help to ensure that the outcome of the review process is announced and that the treaty is submitted by the administration to the Senate for consent now. Please use our CapWiz tool to write your own letter to the administration to tell the U.S. that it’s time to join the Mine Ban Treaty and to ban the use of this barbaric weapon once and for all! Join the call to action now!
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