Webbanner GWOA 2008

The Global Week of Action took place five weeks before the Convention on Cluster Munitions Signing Conference in Oslo. Between 27 October and 2 November campaigners across 74 countries took action and called on all governments to put pen to paper and start saving lives, by joining the most significant disarmament and humanitarian treaty of the decade. Worldwide campaigners enacted public action stunts, met with governments, collected petitions and rallied public support for the ban.

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AFGHANISTAN

Lobbying meetings and correspondence with government officials
CMC Afghanistan coordinated by the Afghan Landmine Survivors Organisation (ALSO) held a series of meetings with the Afghan authorities and members of parliament asking for their support to sign the CCM in Oslo. Between 28 October and 3 November, meetings were held with Dr. Abdul Matine Adrak Director General Department of Disaster Preparedness and Mine Action Authority, Senator Dr. Burhan Ullah Shinwarie, the Deputy of Mashrano Jerga (Upper House), the Deputy Minister of Victims and the Disabled and on 2 November a meeting that the Afghan CMC had with the Deputy of Upper House in Parliament was shown on Afghan National TV. They all signed the People’s Treaty and ensured information and documents would be shared with President Hamid Karzai. Afghan CMC then established a committee to work with the government and encourage them to send a delegate to Oslo.Letters were also sent to embassies, UN Agencies, the media, INGOs and NGOs. Campaigners from across the world have also sent letters to the Minister and representatives of Afghanistan including their missions to the UN and embassies worldwide.

Photos of the meeting with the Senator can be seen here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clustermunitioncoalition/sets/72157608479119003/

Petition event in Kabul city centre
On 7 November Afghan Landmines Survivors’ Organization (ALSO) organised a petition event in a public park in Kabul city. A projector screened images of victims and survivors and campaigners gave a speech on the impact of cluster munitions. Over 1000 people signed the People’s Treaty. A Ban Bus had toured the city the day before calling on the public to participate in the event. The event was also attended by the media, including newspapers, TV and radio stations who interviewed campaigners on the issue and featured reports both on the event and the issue, including further interviews with the spokesperson for the Defence Minister and with Dr. Haider Reza (UNMACA Director) who expressed that cluster munitions were used by USA in 2001 in Afghanistan.

Media coverage:
National TV, Tamadun TV (very influential station, 1 hour live interview with Suliman and Soraj), Shamshad Tv (commercial), BBC News Persian (Radio and TV) , Ashna Radio (American Radio), 8 Morning (Newspaper)

Afghan Landmines Survivors’ Organization (ALSO)
Suliman Aminy, sulimanaminy@yahoo.com, Tel: +93 (0) 799 31 62 53

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ALBANIA

Campaigners from the Kukes organisation in Albania together with the Albanian Mine Action Centre (AMAE) met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Defence and Minister of Home Affairs to ask them to make sure that Albania is highly represented in Oslo and sending a Minister to sign the Convention. Albania has already announced that they will sign the Convention in Oslo.

On 27 and 28 October campaigners from Kukes organisation in Albania staged a successful Mobile Street Theatre Performance in Gerdec (affected from Cluster Munitions) attracting the attention of the community and raising awareness of the Oslo Conference. Representatives from AMAE ( Albanian Mine Action Executive) and the Albanian Army participated. A press conference was also organised on 2 November.

Kukes Organisation
Jonuz Kola, kukesi@albmail.com, Tel: +355 68 2070905

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ANGOLA

Letter writing campaign
Angola 2000 has sent letters to the Prime Minister, and other key Ministers asking Angola, who has already announced that they will sign the Convention in Oslo, to send high level representatives to Oslo to sign. Copies of the letter have also been sent to members of parliament and to the National Commission on Disarmament.

Angola 2000
Cirilo Mbonge, cirilombonge774@yahoo.com.br, Tel: + 923 37 37 06.

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ARGENTINA

On 31 October a public event to collect signatures for the People’s Treaty took place in Plaza de la Recoleta, a busy public park in Buenos Aires. T-shirts, cups, pens, pins and a brochure were given out to people who signed the petition and passers-by. A report of all the activities was prepared and given to the Department of Defence and Foreign Ministry calling on Argentina to sign the Convention in Oslo. Campaigners met with the President of a football team leading in the national championship and hung a giant flag in the stadium during a high-profile VIP match on 2 November.

Asociacion para Politicas Publicas (APP)
Maria Pia Devoto, piadevoto@gmail.com, Tel: +54 9 6140 6217

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AUSTRALIA

Letter writing campaign
CMC Australia have sent letters to members of parliament and government representatives congratulating Australia on their recent confirmation that the Foreign Minister will sign the Convention in Oslo and urging Australia to push through national legislation implementing and ratifying the Convention as a priority in 2009 to be one of the first 30 countries to ratify. Campaigners have also been lobbying the government to address concerns related to costs of meeting obligations, particularly on stockpile destruction and clearance in the Asia-Pacific region, and asking the government to take national steps and make commitments regarding victim assistance, clearance and stockpile destruction. Campaigners asked Australia to make it clear at the Convention on Conventional Weapons meeting in November that Australia will not endorse, adopt or subsequently ratify a protocol in the CCW that provides for future use, production or transfer of cluster munitions. A media release has been distributed widely to regional contacts which will outline the key points relevant to the Australian situation.

Austcare, CMC Australia
James Turton, jturton@austcare.org.au, Tel: +612 (0) 404 114 712

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AUSTRIA

Urges target countries to sign in Oslo
Campaigners from CMC Austria launched a letter sending action to Foreign Ministers in target countries calling and urging them to sign in Oslo as well as contacting their ambassadors in Austria. Letters and phone calls were made to Hungary, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia calling and urging them to sign in Oslo.

Austrian Aid for Mine Victims 
Judith Majlath, judith.majlath@aon.at, Tel: +43 1 5357516

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AZERBAIJAN

Meetings with decision makers
Between 24 and 31 October, Azerbaijan Campaign to Ban Landmines had a number of successful meetings with decision-makers in Baku to discuss the position of Azerbaijan in the Oslo Process. Visits included Mr. Nusret Suleymanov, Second Secretary of the Arms Control department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nazim Ismaylov the Director of ANAMA, the Norwegian Embassy and the Head of the ICRC delegation who secured their participation in the roundtable which had also been planned for the week.

Youth workshop-seminars and a movie screening for Azeri Students
On 1st November the AzCBL jointly with American Councils and the U.S. educated Azerbaijani Alumni Association (AAA) hosted a Youth Workshop-Seminar “Global Week of Action: Mine Ban Treaty and Oslo CCM” which presented the successes of the Mine Ban Treaty to date, raise awareness about upcoming events in Oslo and reflect on Azerbaijan’s current position with respect to these treaties. Speakers were invited from organizations in Azerbaijan that work on the issues of human rights, veteran affairs and disabilities caused by war as well as disabled people affected by landmines. University students and AAA alumni were then invited to the public viewing of the documentaries “Unacceptable Harm” and “The CCM - Time to Act” which was followed by a Q&A session. The AzCBL informed the youth about the global effort to ban cluster munitions, showed the animation film on cluster bombs, and a slide show on the issue of cluster munitions and the process to ban them. All participants were asked to take action by signing the People’s Treaty petition. The workshop was repeated at Baku State University, Rotaract Club and at the AAA Office, University of Foreign Languages.

Roundtable Discussion
On 7 November AzCBL conducted a roundtable meeting “World Tendencies after Signing the Ottawa Convention and Oslo Process” in Baku followed by a question and answer session. Guest speakers included the Head of International Committee of Red Cross (Azerbaijan delegation), Jon Ramberg - Ambassador Royal Norwegian Embassy as well as representatives from the UN and ANAMA. They spoke about their position in relation to Ottawa and Oslo process and Oslo conference on CCM. The documentary film “Unacceptable Harm” was shown. Local NGOs, the media, youth organisations and landmine victims participated in the roundtable meeting.

Media coverage

31 October 2008
http://az.apa.az/xeber_Dunyada_kasetli_silahlarla_Umumdunya__137069.html
http://www.1news.az/society/20081031053658568.html
http://www.newsazerbaijan.ru/international/20081031/42560062.html
http://www.milaz.info/news.php?id=3356
01 November 2008
http://www.ayna.az/rubric.php?id=37225
http://www.echo-az.com/obshestvo04.shtml
http://www.xalqcebhesi.az  (article published in newspaper but not available on website.)
Further coverage:
http://az.apa.az/news.php?id=137698
http://www.sia.az/view.php?lang=az&menu=83&id=4989
http://www.zerkalo.az/rubric.php?id=37407
http://www.ayna.az/rubric.php?id=37384
www.azertag.com

Azerbaijan CBL
Hafiz Safikhanov, azerbaijan@icbl.org, Tel: +99 412 94 14 58

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BANGLADESH

Letter handed over to Foreign Ministry
On 29 October, LGSA met with representatives at the Foreign Ministry to hand over a letter to the Director General of the UN division. They discussed the upcoming signing conference in Oslo and encouraged Bangladesh to be there to sign the Convention.
An image of the letter hand-over can be viewed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/clustermunitioncoalition/sets/72157608503977832/

Latifa Gono Shohay Angon (LGSA)
Nadira Mallik, Tel: +88 (0)172 731 4519

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BELGIUM

Advocacy work with target embassies
Handicap International in Belgium has done advocacy work to countries that have not yet decided whether they will sign the Convention in Oslo including: Afghanistan, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Turkey. This was carried out through embassies and other government representations in Brussels. Handicap International Belgium also worked with the Ban Advocates, survivors of cluster bombs campaigning for a ban, sending letters to countries that are affected by cluster bombs.

Handicap International Belgium
Hildegarde Vansitjan, hildegarde.vansintjan@handicap.be, Tel: + 32 485 111 460

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BELARUS

SCAF conducted a survey in local schools in the Minsk, Grodno and Vitebsk region to diagnose attitudes of young people, their parents and community members towards a total ban of cluster munitions. The students interviewed local government and MPs regarding their positions towards a cluster munitions ban. Students developed articles for the local newspapers and organized awareness raising round-tables involving parents and other community members. At the end of the week Belarus CMC/SCAF had a meeting with Mr. Ivan Grinevich, Counselor of the Arms Control and Regional Security Department at the MFA and shared with him the positions of young people, their parents and local government towards cluster munitions - most of them were concerned about the use of cluster bombs in arms conflicts in the world and believe that cluster bombs must be banned. Mr.Grinevich assured the Belarus CMC/ SCAF that the Belarus government fully shares the humanitarian concerns regarding the use of cluster munitions and is looking for solutions that are safe and beneficial for Belarus.

Attached are the photos of young people in Babinichi community of Vitebsk region interviewing the military and local government representatives.

Belarus Support Center for Associations and Foundations (SCAF), Belarus CMC
Dr.Iouri Zagoumennov, izaglm@yahoo.com, Tel: + 375-296-343746

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BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

Faith leaders conference
The European Faith Leaders Conference on Cluster Munitions took place in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina on 29-30 October. The conference was attended by representatives of many faiths including Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Orthodox and Zoroastrian as well as the Bosnian Prime Minister Nikola Spiric, diplomats and civil society experts. It was organized by Religions for Peace, the European Council of Religious Leaders and Handicap International Southeast Europe and hosted by the Inter-religious Council of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

PM Nikola Spiric expressed his support to the Demining Commission on taking action for the cluster munitions ban. Besides introducing the problem of cluster munitions, topics included the context of religion, the CCM in the European context, civil society contribution, and advocacy and impact on survivors and affected communities. A presentation from the CMC Ban Bus resonated strongly and laid a good foundation for two workshop sessions that explored the topics of advocacy and survivor care. All participants signed the People’s Treaty with a great deal of media attention and excitement.

The conference closed with the adoption of a Statement of Commitment entitled “A total ban on cluster munitions - a moral responsibility”. Religious leaders drafted the Statement in order to express their common and moral commitment to advocating against the threat of cluster munitions. This Statement captures the rich discussion of the conference and frames the problem of cluster bombs, weapons and the damage they cause within the context of religious traditions. It also identifies areas of priority for future work. Many participants came to Sarajevo new to this issue and eager to learn and explore what they can offer in their own capacities; they left Sarajevo with a strong impetus to take action beyond mere statement making. Archbishop Wejryd of Sweden who was not able to attend, sent a letter to the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs and to the Minister for Defence, encouraging them to sign.

The media also attended the event and extensive media outreach has been done on the issue of cluster munitions, the signing conference in Oslo and the gathering of faith leaders in support of a ban on cluster bombs. A video animation and radio jingle was broadcast intensively throughout the second half of October, appealing to the government to sign the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Oslo.

Ban Bus workshops at NPA Centre
On 28 October, the Ban Bus visited the Norwegian Peoples’ Aid Global Centre for Training of Dogs for Mine Detection in Vogosca, near Sarajevo. Two workshop sessions were held that explored the topics of advocacy and survivor care. Vogosca is one of the country’s most contaminated areas from cluster munitions. The Ban Bus, together with local NGO’s then persuaded many citizens of Sarajevo to sign the Peoples’ Treaty from a stand in the city centre.

Handicap International
Alma Taslidzan, alma@handicap-international.co.ba, Tel: +387 61 768 570

Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clustermunitioncoalition/sets/72157609052707726/

Media coverage:
http://www.mediaforfreedom.com/ReadArticle.asp?ArticleID=12180
http://www.ipsterraviva.net/UN/currentNew.aspx?new=5096

Radio/ TV Coverage - 28 to 30 October
Federal Radio, Radio Stari most, TV Vogosca and Cantonal TV station TVSA
BH Radio 1, Radio Stari most - News,
Private TV Alfa - News
Private TV Hayat, main news at 07:00 p.m.
Priate TV Cantonal TVSA - News at 08:00 p.m
Public Broadcaster Federal TV - programme Federation Today at 04:15 p.m.
Private TV Hayat - Main news at 07:00 p.m.
Radio 202 - News at 05:30 p.m

Newspaper Coverage - 30 to 31 October
Vecernii list “Religious leaders against cluster munitions”
As “Religious leaders against cluster munitions”
Press “Stop to cluster munitions”
San “Cluster munitions represent the road to never-ending war”
Fokus “Mines disseminate death”
Dnevni list “Cluster munitions opposed”
San “Non-obliging Treaty adopted”
Oslobodjenje “Treaty on Cluster Munitions Ban signed”
Glas Srpske “Against the cluster munitions”
Dnevni list “Munitions”
As “Ttreaty on Cluster Munitions Ban signed”
Dnevni avaz “Ceric: The aggressor must promise that the genocide will not be repeated”
San “Non-obliging Treaty adopted”
Oslobodjenje “Treaty on Cluster Munitions Ban signed”
Glas Srpske “Against the cluster munitions”
Dnevni list “Munitions”
As “Ttreaty on Cluster Munitions Ban signed”
Dnevni avaz “Ceric: The aggressor must promise that the genocide will not be repeated”

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BRAZIL

Brazil Campaigners launch a letter writing action on Foreign Minister
CMC campaigners in Brazil (Brazilian Campaign to Ban Landmines and Sou da Paz) have launched a letter writing campaign targeting Brazilian Foreign Minister Mr. Celso Amorim. Brazil has not yet decided whether they will sign the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Oslo, the letters - which have been sent by campaigners in Latin America, will encourage Brazil to sign in Oslo. Brazil has attended just a couple of the Oslo Process meetings and did not adopt the Convention in Oslo. However in June Amorim gave a statement saying “cluster bombs are inhumane weapons and we should work towards their elimination”. Aotearoa New Zealand CMC has also launched a letter action targeting the Brazilian embassy in Wellington, New Zealand, calling on Brazil to sign in Oslo.

Read more here: http://www.stopclusterbombs.org.nz/2008/10/27/action-day-1-brazil-should-ban-cluster-bombs/#more-359

Campaigners organize a workshop and film screening
On 27 October, campaigners from the Brazilian Campaign screened a documentary film about cluster munitions called “Time to Act” to graduate students at Luterana University, Santa Maria in the North of Brazil and collected signatures for the People’s Treaty. A workshop for the general public on disability rights (including aspects of the CCM) also took place during the week in Recife with campaigners from Vida Brasil.

Cyber Action
A cyber action is also being launched on the internet in São Paulo giving Brazilians the opportunity to send requests to governmental representatives and urge Brazil sign the treaty in Oslo.

Cyberaction to send emails to MoD, MFA and of Justice: http://www.deolhonoestatuto.org.br/index.php?option=com_chronocontact&chronoformname=Cyberaction

Webpage with information on the people’s treaty: www.porumbrasilhumanitario.org

Brazilian Campaign to Ban Landmines, Sou da Paz
Cristian Wittman, cristian@icbl.org, Tel: +55 55 84034134 or +55 51 96321735
Daniel Mack,
danielm@soudapaz.org

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BURUNDI

MOFA announces will sign at Press Conference, followed by a Workshop
Just after the Global Week of Action, campaigners from APECOG, Handicap International France together with the Senator of Burundi organised a Press Conference on 12 November on the Signing Conference in Oslo jointly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who publicly announced that Burundi would sign in Oslo. A member of parliament announced that Burundi would work to ratify the Convention quickly.

Workshop
APECOG also convened a Workshop for government ministers on 13 November in Bujumbura to mobilise them to work on the ratification process. Participants included UNDP, Civil Society organisations, government representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Defence, the media and members of the international and diplomatic community.

Association de Prise en Charges des Orphelins de Guerre (APECOG)
Georges Ntidendereza, ntidendegeorges@yahoo.fr

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CAMBODIA

Cambodia launches Ban Bus
On 27 October, campaigners in Cambodia launched the ‘Cambodian Cluster Munitions Ban Bus’ in Phnom Penh to raise awareness of the CCM and the impact of cluster bombs in Cambodia. Representatives from UNDP, Norwegian People’s Aid, Jesuit Services, the Cambodian Red Cross, Religions for Peace, and the Cambodian Mine and UXO Victim Information System (CMVIS) traveled over 700 kilometers throughout some of Cambodia’s most cluster munitions-affected provinces to inform people about efforts underway to ban cluster munitions, collect hundreds of signatures for the People’s Treaty, and learn directly from members of affected communities about the unacceptable harm these weapons cause to civilians. Journalists from Cambodia’s two English-language dailies also joined the Ban Bus.

The first stop was in Kampong Cham province, where Ban Bus travelers visited the regional demining agency and a physical rehabilitation center before proceeding to Dambe district to meet with survivors and other villagers living in communities still contaminated by cluster bombs. On 28 October, the Ban Bus continued to Kratie province, where campaigners were welcomed at a ceremony hosted by local authorities and attended by villagers, schoolchildren, and monks. Authorities, Ban Bus participants, and a survivor spoke about the importance of the CCM before inviting everyone to sign the People’s Treaty. The afternoon was spent visiting villages affected by cluster bombs. On 29 October the Ban Bus traveled back to Phnom Penh, stopping at contaminated villages along the way.

On the final day of the tour, the Ban Bus rode around Phnom Penh with a loudspeaker playing traditional Cambodian demining songs, stopping at pagodas and other public spaces before ending the journey with a ceremony at UNDP hosted by the UN Resident Coordinator. The head of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority, a monk, and survivors spoke about the importance of the CCM and collected more signatures from Phnom Penh residents. On their journey, over 20,000 signatures in total were collected for the People’s Treaty.

Banners calling for a ban on cluster munitions and advertising the upcoming signing conference in Oslo have been hung in strategic places, and ANZ, the largest bank in Cambodia, will distribute flyers about cluster bombs through all of their ATMs in the run-up to the signing of the treaty. Campaigners have also advocated for neighboring countries, which include the world’s most heavily bombed areas, to sign in Oslo.

Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clustermunitioncoalition/sets/72157608452005633/

Media coverage:
Article from the Phnom Pen Post
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2008103022399/National-news/Cluster-munitions-in-the-spotlight-as-groups-seek-ban-on-bombs.html
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2008103122433/National-news/Groups-demand-an-end-to-cluster-bombs.html

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CANADA

Launches letter writing and advocacy work on Caribbean states
MAC launched an email viral with an animation to supporters to inform them of the upcoming signing conference in Oslo and asking them to sign the People’s Treaty petition. MAC has also sent letters and has been advocating to other countries to sign the Convention in Oslo when it opens for signature, in particular focusing on Caribbean states and states that are undecided on whether they will sign the Convention.

Mines Action Canada (MAC)
Nancy Ingram, nancy@minesactioncanada.org, Tel: +1-613-241-3777

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CHILE

The film ‘From Laos to Lebanon’ will be screened in December at Viña del Mar, as well as in Valparaiso City. A group of organizations in Chile including, Centro de Información Zona Minada, Grupo de Víctimas Minas y Municiones, la Fundación Estrella and Grupo de Víctimas de Bombas de Racimo also began design work during the global week of action on a monument that will be erected in Chile by early 2009 to commemorate the victims of cluster bombs.

Centro de Informacion en Zonas Minadas
Elir Rojas Calderon, director@zonaminada.cl; elir.rojas@gmail.com, Tel: +56 32 211 1015, +56 09 901 9744

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COLOMBIA

Theatre performance on cluster bombs
The Colombian Campaign Against Landmines together with their regional representatives across Colombia started their activities on 9 October at the Ditjrambo Theatre where 40 activists from Mercy Corps, the radio station “Aire Sin Minas” which broadcasts on cluster munitions and landmines, and other organisations produced a play called “Quebrapatas” (leg-breaker) raising awareness of the issue of landmines and cluster munitions. Campaigners also launched the People’s Treaty and collected signatures for this petition, including at the theatre. Regional representatives across Colombia screened films on the problem of cluster bombs. A letter signed by faith leaders was also issued, and an article in one of the main national newspapers was published on the issue of cluster munitions. In Monteria campaigners organised a march followed by speeches from local campaign representatives and local authorities, and a school then performed short theatre piece about cluster bombs.

The poster can be viewed here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clustermunitioncoalition/sets/72157608505507590/

Colombian Campaign Against Landmines
Camilo Serna, camilo@colombiasinminas.org

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CROATIA

Workshop on Cluster Munitions
Between 21 to 24 October, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic Croatia and RACIVAC organized and held a regional workshop Towards Oslo 2008: Workshop on Cluster Munitions. The discussion was led by local representatives from the International Red Cross, Norwegian People’s Aid, Mine Action Canada, Mine Aid and Handicap International. Members of the panel included representatives from the Croatian MFA, MOD, NATO, government delegates from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey, Macedonia, Moldova, Slovenia and Albania, representatives from Serbian Mine Action Centre and representatives from the Norwegian and French Embassies in Croatia. The purpose of this workshop was to inform participants about the Cluster Munitions issue and the CCM and provide a forum for discussion of the Disarmament and Humanitarian Law with an eye to the growing effectiveness of non-traditional diplomacy.

Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clustermunitioncoalition/sets/72157609056256495/

Arrival of the Ban Bus
On 29 October the European Ban Bus arrived in Zagreb. A public action was organized by campaigners in central Zagreb with signature collections for the People’s Treaty. Local media were invited. In the afternoon there was a public discussion at the Faculty of Political Science, speakers included: John Rodsted from the Ban Bus, Dijana Pleština from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Marija Breber from Mine Aid Croatia.

Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/banbus/sets/

Mine Aid, Marija Breber, marijabreber@yahoo.com, marija-breber@net.hr

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DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Campaigners in the DRC marked the Global Week of Action in November by holding a range of meetings with National Commissions, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UN Mine Action Centre, the Parliamentary Commission against mines and cluster munitions, and with the Congolese delegates participating in the Oslo process.

CCIM/ DR Congo
Marielle Lema, Chargee de Communication Adjointe, congokinshasa@icbl.org, Tel: +243 81 812 43 93

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DENMARK

In Denmark, Dan Church Aid and the Danish Red Cross carried out a media campaign, placing articles in print media and doing television interviews, to raise awareness among the public and put pressure on the Danish political parties and the government. It called on Denmark to sign in Oslo and as chair of the Convention on Certain Conventional weapons (CCW), to make sure that the CCW does not endorse a protocol that is of a lower standard than the Convention on Cluster Munitions which bans cluster bombs.

Dan Church Aid
Eva Veble, evv@dca.dk, Tel: +45 296 99138

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EGYPT

Protection issued a press release on 1 November to urge all Arabic countries to sign in Oslo, it was distributed widely to all Arabic media outlets.

Protection
Ayman Sorour, amac98eg@yahoo.com, Tel: +33 676 196 984

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ETHIOPIA

Launches media campaign
Campaigners from RaDO and LSN Ethiopia hosted a press conference on 31 October in Addis Ababa. The event was very well and was attended by both local partner organizations of LSN and RaDO and the local media. Bekele Gonfa, Director of LSN Ethiopia and Yiberta Taddesse, Executive Director of RaDO gave compelling statements that stressed the need for Ethiopia to be in Oslo on 3 December to sign the CCM. A press release was distributed to major national newspapers, calling on the government to sign the convention in Oslo. The press pack included information on the cluster bomb attack on Ayder Elementary School, Mekele and the gain depot in Adigrat on 5 June 1998. A letter has been drafted by the directors of LSN and RaDO to the Prime Minister, The Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Ethiopian Parliament. A communiqué has also been issued to the embassies of Austria, Ireland and Norway in Addis Ababa requesting their support in holding a joint meeting to engage the Ethiopian government and encouraging them to sign the Convention in Oslo. Similar letters have also been submitted to the UNDP country office and to ICRC.

Campaigners in Ethiopia also issued a communiqué to the embassies of Austria, Ireland and Norway in Addis Ababa requesting their support in holding a joint meeting to engage the Ethiopian government and encouraging them to sign the Convention in Oslo. Similar letters were also submitted to the UNDP country office and to ICRC. A media campaign was launched and a letter by Yiberta Taddesse of RaDO was distributed to major national newspapers, calling on the government to sign the convention in Oslo. Information on their campaign is going to be disseminated on the website of the Christian Relief and Development Organization, a consortium of 1,000 NGOs.

RaDO, Landmine Survivors Network
Yiberta Taddesse, yiberta_taddesse@yahoo.com
Jordan Nott,
jordannott@gmail.com, rado@telecom.net.et

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FIJI

On 30 October, PCRC invited all Pacific missions as well as civil society, politicians and government officials to an evening event in Suva to present an educational overview about the problems of cluster munitions, giving an overview of Pacific and international support for the Convention and the role of the Pacific in supporting the CCM. The New Zealand embassy was approached to officiate, given their lead role in the Pacific through the Wellington Conference.

The chief guest was the Acting New Zealand High Commissioner Ms Caroline McDonald. Also present were the French ambassador, representatives from the New Zealand and Australian embassy, journalists, NGOs and civil society colleagues. The film, “Unacceptable Harm” was shown for the information of those who knew nothing about cluster munitions, the first public event to create awareness. A petition signature was also launched calling on the Pacific governments to make a commitment to be in Oslo for the signing which were then sent to the Pacific governments.

PACNEWS, Pacific News Agency, Friday 31 October 2008, Article on cluster munitions and the CCM.

Pacific Concerns Resource Centre
Ema Tagicakibau, etag@pcrc.org.fj

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FINLAND

Finnish campaigners hand over petition to Foreign Minister Stubb
On 29 October the Peace Union of Finland and the Committee of 100 handed a petition with approximately 2,200 names to Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb urging Finland to sign in Oslo. At the meeting Minister Stubb said that “the decision on signing the treaty is really hard for Finland” he also said that if Finland can’t sign in Oslo then he hoped that they could sign later.The Red Cross of Finland, Finnish UNICEF and Finn Church Aid also handed over their mutual appeal and a press conference and seminar was held regarding the issue. On Friday 31 October, the government announced that they will not be able to sign the Treaty in Oslo. Campaigners have issued a press release in response to this disappointing decision calling on the parliament to make a recommendation to the government to sign.

Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clustermunitioncoalition/sets/72157608507881946/

So far, the Finnish leading daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, and Iltalehti (Finlands second largest tabloid) have covered this issue. A statement by a humanitarian organisation also featured on MTV3 (largest commercial Finnish TV-channel.

Peace Union Finland
Laura Lodenius, laura.lodenius@rauhanliitto.fi, Tel: +358 975 683 551

Committee of 100
Eekku Aromaa, eekku.aromaa@sadankomitea.fi

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FRANCE

Launched letter writing action
Campaigners from Handicap International in France have sent letters through embassies in Paris to all of the countries that adopted the Convention in Dublin as well as affected states and states that have not yet decided if they will sign the Convention in Oslo. Embassies contacted so far include: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Burundi, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Morocco, Senegal and Togo. Information on the up-coming signing conference has been sent out to 70,000 of their supporters.

Handicap International France
Anne Villeneuve, avilleneuve@handicap-international.org, Tel: + 33(0)1 43 14 87 06

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GAMBIA

Campaigners meet with Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs
Gambian campaigners from WANEP met with the Permanent Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mr Mawdo Touray, sitting in for the Secretary of State. He stressed that Gambia will do everything to honour its promise made in Kampala and sign the Treaty in Oslo, and also promised to brief the Secretary of State upon his return.

Launches media campaign
Campaigners from WANEP in the Gambia have launched their media campaign yesterday (27 Oct) which has included a 1 hour radio programme on Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) and issuing a press release which has been picked up The Observer and The Point.

Media coverage
The Point national newspaper: Global Week of Action on Cluster Munitions
http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/2008/10/28/global-week-of-action-on-cluster-munitions

Workshop
A workshop for newly elected members of the National Assembly and civil society organisations took place on the 10 and 11 of November. The objective was to raise awareness on the CCM and a road map was drawn for signing and ratification by the government. The people’s treaty was also launched.

West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) Gambia
Pamela Cole, kehindecole@yahoo.com, wanepgambia@yahoo.co.uk

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GERMANY

Lies down against cluster bombs
Campaigners in Munich braved the cold weather on Sunday 26 October and staged a ‘lie down’ demonstration against cluster munitions and to raise public awareness about the Oslo Treaty which Germany’s Foreign Minister has announced he will personally sign. About 70 people took part in the action in front of the historic building the ‘Feldherrnhalle’ where big military demonstrations have taken place in darker times. Three newspapers and 2 radio station turned up to report on the event and further media coverage was achieved in about 10 newspapers and on-line magazines. A group of officers also turned up to have their photo taken with the fake cluster bomb container with the message “No to Cluster Munitions!” A letter-writing campaign was also launched asking parliamentarians to ratify the Convention quickly. Letters were sent to countries that are undecided as to whether they will sign the Convention in Oslo.

Read the report (in German) and see photos here:
http://www.handicap-international.de/streumunition/politische-entwicklung/lie-down-gegen-streubomben.html

Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clustermunitioncoalition/sets/72157608416437464/
http://www.handicap-international.de/streumunition/politische-entwicklung/lie-down-gegen-streubomben.html

Media Links:
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 27.10.2008
Berlin-Brandenburgisches Sonntagsblatt 2.11.2008
http://www.extremnews.com/nachrichten/weltgeschehen/f6ab124158c0291
http://linkszeitung.de/content/view/169989/1/
http://www.kobinet-nachrichten.org/cipp/kobinet/custom/pub/content,lang,1/oid,19300/ticket,g_a_s_t
http://www.nadeshda.org/foren/cl.politik.frieden/p3135s3153a20.html
http://www.epo.de/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4295&Itemid=84
www.tucatuba.de/INNENLEBEN/Aktuelles/aktuelles.html
Radio interview in BR2 29.10.2008
Radio interview in Domradio Köln 30.10.2008

Handicap International, Eva Fischer, efischer@handicap-international.de

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GEORGIA

Throughout the week campaigners met with government officials, parliamentarians and other civil society organizations to discuss the Convention on Cluster Munitions and the signing in Oslo. Campaigners conducted social forums and asked people to sign the online People’s Treaty petition. Activities were supported by the Ministry of Health and Social Security and the Deputy Minister assisted in convening meetings with governmental bodies and parliamentary representatives.

A roundtable was held in the Georgian National Museum with representatives from the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Education, Defence and Health, Labour, Social Protection. Also present were campaigners from UNICEF, Mine Action Center of Georgia as well as the media and some youth organizations and survivors. This meeting was broadcast on almost every Georgian TV and radio channel. Several organisations decided to put the People’s Treaty signature link on their web sites.

Campaigners organised a photo exhibition following the meeting, the main photo featuring of a cluster bomb in Gori, in front of the statue of Stalin. Maia Buchukuri from Georgian CBL also met with members of parliament and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They said they had been recommended to sign the convention by the EU and this document was distributed to the Ministries of Defence, Justice and Finance who would hold a discussion on the issue.

Georgian Campaign to Ban Landmines
Maia Buchukuri, icblgc@gmail.com

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INDIA

Human chain protest staged in New Delhi outside Parliament
On 31 October campaigners from the Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI) held a public meeting at New Delhi’s India International Centre to call on the Indian government to announce its support for the Oslo process. The meeting was inaugurated by Mr Kirip Chaliha, Member of Parliament. Several NGOs, lawyers, women’s groups, media, students and members of Indian civil society participated in the event. A film called “A Time to Act” by ICRC was also screened. The day ended with a human chain formation at Parliament Street and a “Lie Down” action at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, an historic place where protests are often held. Participants distributed pamphlets to the public on cluster bombs. Around 10 Indian members of parliament and over 1,000 Indian citizens signed the People’s Treaty calling on the government of India to support a global ban on cluster munitions. The event was covered in the Nagaland Post and
featured on the 8 o’clock news of the two TV channels NE TV and KV News.

Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clustermunitioncoalition/sets/72157608616709882/

Control Arms Foundation India
Bina Nepram, binalakshmi@gmail.com, BNepram@cafi-online.org, Tel: +91-11-46018541

Indian CBL, IIPDEP Nagpur
Balkrishna Kurvey, iipdep_ngp@sancharnet.in

The States of India adjoining to Pakistan are the ones where events are mainly taking place because, having bore the brunt and difficulties of three wars, many people died and lost their limbs due to planting of landmines. If the cluster munitions were used by India or Pakistan, these people would have to bear the consequences.

Indian CBL arranged a workshop in Morshi
Campaigners arranged a seminar for senior political leaders and bureaucrats in Morshi on 2 November to inform them about the cluster bomb issue. Politicians and elected representative of the State Assembly, Zilla Parishad, and key policy makers attended the seminar. The aim of the workshop was to sensitize the politicians and elected representatives. Senior member of the State Legislative Assembly Mr. Sahebrao Thatte was chief guest. Mr. Ramesh Wadatwar, President Zilla Parishad, Mr. Vijay Kale , Chairman of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Mr. Prakash Tekade, Chairman Education, Mr. Sawankr, Chairman, Public Works also participated and took active part in the discussion.. Dr. Balkrishna Kurvey of the Indian CBL informed the audience of the CMC’s work and of the aims and objectives of the CCM and the need for India to sign. Elected representatives and politicians agreed that they would discuss the issue with their senior Chief Ministers and convey their opinion to Central Government that India need to be present in Oslo. 3893 signatures were collected for the People’s Treaty.

Public meeting in Sri Ganganar, Rajasthan
Indian CBL arranged a Public Meeting for political leaders in Sri Ganganar, Rajasthan on 2 November 2008.Mr. Mahavir Prasad Sarwagi, State Coordinator of Indian CBL of Rajasthan led the meeting and emphasised that Sri Ganganagar is a landmine affected district in the Pakistan border state of Rajasthan where more than 500 civilians lost lives and limbs due to landmines and UXOs. They have witnessed the 3 India Pakistan wars and suffered heavily. People are afraid that if cluster munitions will be used by India and Pakistan they have to bear the brunt and have to suffer imminently. They have decided to start the public agitation to force the elected representatives and bureaucrats to look in this matter seriously.

People resolved that as per their previous experience on landmine issues without public demand and agitation from grass root organisations, political leaders will not look into this matter. Due to the work of the Indian CBL, agitation and pressure from landmine victims and the public, landmine victims and affected farmers received monetary compensations. Public pressure is the only way to force the Government of India to look into this matter. Under the banner of Indian CBL and Indian CMC they will start the public agitation to force the Government of India to think seriously about banning landmines and cluster munitions. 5948 signatures were collected for the People’s Treaty.

Religious Harmony Seminar in Hyderabad, South India
Mr. Ravi Kumar, President of Nav Bharat Nirman Sangh and part of the Indian CBL arranged an action in Hyderabad, South India.on 1 November. Religious leaders of Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Christian and Jain faiths released a dove as a peace symbol and urged to ban cluster munitions. The religious leaders narrated the principles of their religion regarding abstain of killing and maiming innocent civilians. They urged the audience to give support to the Indian CMC and spread the work to their community, political leaders, members of parliament and the legislative assembly. 3,348 signatures were collected for the People’s Treaty.

Public rally in Pune, Maharashtra.
On 1 November a public rally was arranged to protest against cluster munitions and CMC leaflets were distributed to the political leaders and public. School children collected 2,975 signatures for the People’s Treaty.

Public forum in Jammu, Kashmir
A public forum was arranged in the India/ Pakistan border town of Jammu on 1November. The Mayor, politicians, prominent members of the community and serving and retired military personnel attended the forum. Concerns were raised about the effect of cluter munitions on civilians and agriculture should another war break out and these were conveyed to the elected Members of Parliament to raise the question in Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) and to urge them to sign the Oslo Treaty. 4735 signatures were collected for the People’s Treaty.

Public rally in Nagpur
A public rally was marched on 30 November around Central India’s biggest city, Nagpur. The rally culminated in the city square near the statue of Mahatma Gandhi. Indian CBL members and volunteers distributed more than 4000 CMC pamphlets in English and Hindi and 6524 signatures were collected for the People’s Treaty.

Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clustermunitioncoalition/sets/72157608616709882/

Media links: Further press in The Hindu and State Times
Imphal Free Press http://ifp.co.in/ArticleFull.asp?ArticleID=548
E-pao http://www.e-pao.net/epSubPageExtractor.asp?src=news_section.opinions.Banning_the_Bomb

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ITALY

Ban Bus in Padua
On 31 October the European Ban Bus arrived in Padua. The whole day was dedicated to raising awareness of the cluster munitions issue, kicking off with a seminar on “Disarmament: How to succeed” including a speech by a local politician. An event then took place to welcome the Ban Bus in the main square before it drove around the town followed by another open air bus filled with students waving banners. In the evening there was a concert featuring Peaceween.

“Bomb Eats Bomb” People’s Treaty event in Rome
On 1 November in Rome an event called “Bomba Mangia Bomba” (bomb eats bomb) was launched to collect signatures for the People’s Treaty, sponsored by a doughnut company. On 4 November in Rome a parliamentary conference took place in the Deputy’s Chambers entitled “From mines to cluster bombs: the impact on civilians and their human rights.” Speakers included the MP Enzo Scotti (Second Secretary), Massimo Barra (President, Italian Red Cross), Angelo Bazzari (President, Don Gnocchi Foundation).

Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clustermunitioncoalition/sets/72157609361358595/

Italian Campaign to Ban Landmines
Tibisay Ambrosini, t.ambrosini@campagnamine.org, Tel: +39 (0)6 858 00693

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IRAQ

In Iraq campaigners launched a media campaign to speak about the problem of cluster munitions in Iraq and the Convention to encourage Iraq to sign. After the Week of Action campaigners convened a national workshop on Iraq and the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Campaigners from across the world also sent letters to the Minister and representatives of Iraq including their missions to the UN and embassies worldwide. Iraq is affected by cluster munitions but had not yet announced whether they would be signing the Convention in Oslo.

Iraqi Handicapped Survivors Society
Muowffak Alkhafaji, Moaffak_61@yahoo.com, Tel: +964 790 1383 279

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IRELAND

Ireland will sign and ratify in Oslo
On 29 October campaigners in Ireland organised a chalk silhouette action in the city centre of Dublin to highlight the indiscriminate effect of cluster munitions and the humanitarian harm caused by cluster bombs. In the evening a panel debate took place with speeches by Colm O’Gorman, Director of Amnesty International Ireland, Barbara Raftery from Afri and Nicholas Twist from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Nicholas Twist announced that the DFA had published the new Cluster Munitions and Anti-Personnel Mines Bill and stated that he was confident that Ireland will be able to enact the legislation prior to 3 December. This will enable Ireland to both sign and ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Oslo. CMC Ireland handed over a letter to the Department of Foreign Affairs calling on Ireland to strongly promote the Convention on Cluster Munitions to all other nations as the only appropriate way to address the problem of cluster munitions and to make a humanitarian difference. After the debate the documentary “Unacceptable Harm - 40 Years of Cluster Munitions” was screened.

Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clustermunitioncoalition/sets/72157608537326711/

CMC Ireland
Susan Hensel, susan@stopclustermunitions.org, Tel: +353 863 638 318

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JAPAN

Asks parliament members and Minister to sign in Oslo
The Japanese Campaign sent letters to the executives of the ‘Diet’ (parliamentary) caucus on cluster munitions, including the speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ask that they publicly announce to sign the Convention in Oslo.

Stages a panel discussion in Tokyo
On 24 October Japan Campaign to Ban Landmines held a panel discussion “Towards signing and ratification of the CCM”. About 100 participants, including some reporters from national newspapers, gathered at the Bunkyo Civic Centre in Tokyo. Dr. Nada Inada, the distinguished author, psychiatrist and well-known peace activist gave a keynote speech. This was followed by an expert panel discussion on “The Treaty’s Agenda from now on” chaired by Ms. Motoko Mekata, the JCBL committee member.

Experts on the panel included Ms. Michiyo Kuniyoshi, a reporter from the Ryukyu Shinpo, an Okinawa local paper, who has been covering the problems of U.S. military bases in Okinawa for years and wrote the scoop on the U.S. live-fire drill using cluster bombs in Okinawa. Mr. Motoaki Kamiura, a military journalist and remarkable activist against cluster bombs, highlighted the appeal for urgent action banning cluster munitions to the Ministry of Defence. Mr. Toshihiro Shimizu, JCBL committee member, promoted awareness of the treaty and the importance of international cooperation and assistance to the state parties.

The discussion ended with a QA session and Junko Utsumi of ICBL reported on the recent conference she had attended in Lao. Press coverage was confirmed in a Mainichi newspaper.
JCBL also collected signatures for the People’s Treaty at the venue.

Passengers ‘lie down’ on the Peace Boat
On 27 October, Peace Boat organized a lie-down action against cluster bombs with 100 of their passengers from 5 different countries on the deck of their ship. The ship was in Turkey in the Mediterranean on its 63rd voyage.

“Yellow Balloons, Not Yellow Killers!” Lie down in Tokyo
On 2 November, 70 campaigners, teachers and students from Chiba University gathered to lie down and to gather signatures for People’s Treaty at Harajuku in Tokyo, where many young people and foreign tourists visit. Yellow balloons were used as a symbol for this action as an opposite image from cluster bombs.

Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clustermunitioncoalition/sets/72157608479427417/

Japanese Campaign to Ban Landmines
Junko Utsumi, utsumi@jcbl-ngo.org, Tel: +81-3-3834-4340

Peaceboat
SachikoMorita, pmac@peaceboat.gr.jp, Tel: +81-3-3363-7561

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JORDAN

Campaigners from across the world have sent letters to the King, Ministers and representatives of Jordan including their missions to the UN and embassies worldwide. Jordan has been a leader in the AP Mine Ban Treaty but has not yet announced whether they will be signing the Convention in Oslo - please help to encourage Jordan to sign in Oslo.

Handicap International, Mercy Corps, NPA, Pax Christi, Survivor Corps.
Philippe Chaize, pchaize@hi-me.org, Tel: +962 79 96 71 118

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KENYA

Meeting with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs
A meeting was held on 24 October with Honorable Richard Onyonka, Assistant of the Kenyan Minister for Foreign Affairs. The attendance in Oslo of the Kenyan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Honorable Moses Wetangula was confirmed during the meeting. Honorable Moses Wetangula is the Minister who is expected to sign the Treaty on behalf of the President, Honorable Moi Kibaki.

Media - Diplomatic Cocktail
The Global Week of Action kicked off on a high note when it was officially declared open by the French Ambassador to Kenya, Her Excellency Mrs. Elisabeth Barbier. This took place on 24 October when the Network and Handicap International hosted a Cocktail at the Panafric Hotel in Nairobi that was attended by among others, the French and Norwegian Ambassadors to Kenya, Representatives from the Embassy of Finland, Sweden, ICRC and the Government of Kenya. The media and other stakeholders were sensitized about the global week of action. Messages to reinforce the need for cooperation to ban cluster bombs were also passed across. This was an interactive and educative session which was meant to kick the start of the series of activities in the Action Week. The Planned activities for the global week of action were distributed to all participants and everybody was asked to join in the activities.

Peaceful March & Lie-Down against Cluster Bombs
A Public March took off on 31 October. It was a very successful peaceful procession that started from the Jeevanjee Gardens. Over sixty people took part, attracting a huge crowd. Among the many people who took part was a representative from the French Embassy (Ms. Olivia Le Gall), HI staff, Members of the Campaign Network including members from religious organizations, civil societies and University students. Participants carried banners and placards with campaign messages to reinforce the necessity for implementation of the ban against cluster bombs. There was big media presence in this event that ended with a ‘’Lie-Down” action to symbolize the widespread destruction caused by cluster bombs to civilians. A moment of silence was also observed in respect to all those who have been killed, injured or maimed by cluster bombs. This March was held to raise awareness on the harm caused by cluster bombs and to give Kenyans a chance to urge the Government to sign, ratify and implement the Treaty to Ban Cluster Bombs.

Collection of signatures in support of the People’s Treaty
Between 29 October and 1 November signatures were collected for the People’s Treaty at the University of Nairobi. 275 signatures were collected (including the ones of Her Excellencies Mrs. Elisabeth Barbier and Mrs. Elisabeth Jacobsen, French and Norwegian Ambassadors in Nairobi respectively). The list was handed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to show Kenyans’ solidarity with the rest of the world in banning cluster bombs.

Hoist of large banner carrying campaign messages
Large banners carrying messages against cluster bombs were hoisted for two weeks on the roundabout on Ngong Road in Nairobi to create wide awareness of the Oslo treaty, the harm caused by Cluster Bombs to Civilians and therefore the need for them to be banned.

Foreign Minister Wetangula announces he will sign in Oslo
The Kenyan Network to Ban Cluster Bombs held a successful meeting with the assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honorable Richard Onyonka, who confirmed that Kenya’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Honourable Moses Wetangula, will personally sign the Convention in Oslo. In the evening, a cocktail reception was held for diplomats and the media, which was opened by the French Ambassador to Kenya, her Excellency Elisabeth Barbier, who declared the Global Week of Action open. The Norwegian ambassador, Sweden’s First Secretary and a representative of the Finnish embassy all attended. Photos will follow shortly.

CMC Kenya
Daniel Aghan, daghan@handicap-international.or.ke

Handicap International
Sylvie Bouko, sbouko@handicap-international.or.ke,  Tel: +254 20 214 7844

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KOREA

In Korea, campaigners released a statement signed by 28 member organizations calling on the Republic of Korea to sign the Convention on Cluster Munitions. They wrote a letter to the Korean Foreign Minister and arranged an appointment with her on the 10 November to request the endorsement of the international effort to ban Cluster Munitions by signing the CCM to the Korean government and to make contact with the Ministry of National Defense, and deliver potential security predicaments that can ramify from the exploitation of Cluster Munitions in a divided Korea. Meetings were also set up with Ministers of both the Korean Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of National Defence. Campaigners encouraged the public to join the effort to ban cluster munitions by signing the People’s Treaty and informed the public on the issue. A Cluster Munitions’ ‘study group’ was organized as well as a concert called the “People Who Love Peace” to highlight the Cluster Munitions issue.

Korean Campaign to Ban Landmines
Eun Jo Kim, jkcho@yonsei.ac.kr

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KUWAIT

Campaigners placed an article on Cluster Munitions and the Convention which was published in the November issue of Science and Technology - a magazine that is widely distributed to countries in the Arab World.

Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)
Raafat Misak, rmisak@kisr.edu.kw

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LAOS

Concert against cluster bombs held in Vientiane
On 25 October a concert in Vientiane helped raise awareness of cluster bombs and the Convention signing in Oslo, as well as raise funds for COPE rehabilitation centre. The concert featured famous artists including Klustafunk (who sings about klusta bombs!), Cells, Tuxedo, Uluvus, Johnny Olsen and more and over 1000 people took part. COPE also held a public photographic exhibition to raise awareness of the cluster bomb issue in Laos and of the efforts in campaigning and in Mine Action activities.

Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clustermunitioncoalition/sets/72157608421781463/

COPE
Jo Pereira, otjo@laopdr.com

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LEBANON

Peace checkpoints
On 28, 30, and 31 October: Peace checkpoints were held all over Lebanon through which flyers and stickers about Global Week of Action were distributed. Over 20,000 flyers were distributed and the checkpoints generated huge interest from the public.

Roundtable with Government Ministers
On 1 November the first meeting with authority figures took place in the village of Bint Jbeil with the attendance of around 150 participants including ministers, parliamentarians, head of municipalities and other community figures. MP Ali Bazzi spoke on the importance of the government to pay special attention to the problem of cluster bombs and called on the international community to support Lebanon in the clearance process since funds are beginning to decrease. He also thanked the Lebanese Army and the Norwegian Government on the efforts they are placing to solve this problem.
Other speeches spoke of the devastating problem of cluster munitions and also called for additional support from the international community.

March in Beirut
On 2 November: A scouts’ march was held in the streets of Beirut and ended with a gathering in front of the Martyrs’ Square in down town. Around 700 scouts participated in the march which attracted most of the public in the surrounding areas. Speeches were given by NPA - Lebanon and the President of the Lebanese Scouts Federation. NPA - Lebanon called on the Lebanese Government to sign on the treaty and on the UN resolution concerned with people with disabilities that will include cluster bomb victims. The President of the Lebanese Scouts Federation spoke of the devastating problem of cluster munitions and stated that the scouts will always be ready to serve for national causes. The gathering ended with petition signing and releasing of balloons.

These activities generated extensive media coverage.

Norwegian People’s Aid
Khaled Yamout, landmines@npalebanon.org, Tel: +961 1 702582

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LUXEMBOURG

Campaigners handed over a petition to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The government had confirmed that they will sign but campaigners asked the government to clarify issues including interoperability, investments, retention and definition, through a public declaration before or during Oslo. Campaigners also asked the government to speedily ratify the Convention in order to reach the thirtieth ratification as soon as possible. As a result of the meeting he announced he will be in Oslo to sign the Convention. He also said his Ministry is already working on the steps to the ratification and the national law (which will include prohibition on investments) to ensure that Luxembourg is one of the first 30 ratifications. He also stated he will promote the CCM with non-signatories States, in particular in his contacts with the future new US government, and “does not exclude the possibility” to make a declaration in Oslo about the interoperability issue.

HI press release attached, and MFA press release (French): http://www.gouvernement.lu/salle_presse/actualite/2008/11-novembre/13-asselborn/index.html

Handicap International
Jérôme Bobin, jbobin@handicap-international.lu, Tel: + 352 42 80 60 31

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MACEDONIA (FYR)

A full week of action
Campaigners in Macedonia had actions planned every day of the Global Week of Action. On 27 October the week was launched in Skopje with a press conference to discuss the upcoming signing Conference and the actions planned throughout the week in Macedonia. 20 journalists from print and web media attended. The press announced campaigners activities for the week and that signatures would be collected for the People’s Treaty and sent to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

On 29 October a roundtable with representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence, ambassadors, civil society and journalists looked at “Why we need the Oslo Process”. A statement was produced at the end of the roundtable and delivered to Minister Milososki. On 28 and 30 October, five street actions were held throughout the country and over 600 signatures were collected for the People’s Treaty in Macedonia Square to build up public support for the treaty. On 31 October an open debate called “Cluster Munitions: Killer of Humanity” was held with over 20 activists, journalists and physicians. On 1 November a cultural night was held with a film screening about the Oslo process and the week closed on 2 November with a final press conference.

Journalists for Children and Women Rights and Protection of the Environment
Natasa Dokovska, ndokovska@gmail.com, Tel: +389 702 77619

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MALAWI

A media campaign was launched and a press conference held with panellists from the government, UNDP, UNICEF, the Norwegian embassy, traditional opinion leaders and other development partners. Campaigners also carried out interviews which were published in electronic and print media. A big banner announcing the signing conference was put up in Lilongwe. At the end of the Global Week of Action a workshop was held with parliamentarians and key government Ministries on developing legislation to ratify the Convention.

Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation
Undule Mwakasungura, undulem@yahoo.com, Tel: + 265 8 87 87 75

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MALI

Holds joint press conference with Minister
On 27 October a joint press conference was organised by the West African Journalists for Security and Development Network in Mali. Panellists included the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the President of the Parliament, the President of the National Security Commission and campaigners from the West African Journalists for Security and Development Network, Handicap International Mali and Amnesty International Mali to discuss signature and ratification of the Convention. Mali has confirmed that they will sign the Convention in Oslo. The press conference was followed by a workshop and a lie down at the Tour of Africa with more than 50 people.

On 28 October, Amadou Maiga was interviewed on Mali’s National Television news programme. Today CMC members in Mali are meeting with the government delegates that have taken part in the Oslo Process as well as the Foreign Minister and the President of the Parliament in Mali to encourage them to ask other nations to sign the Convention in Oslo.

Images from the Press Conference and media coverage can be viewed here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clustermunitioncoalition/sets/72157608507993961/

West African Journalists for Security and Development Network
Amadou Maiga, ammaiga@yahoo.fr, Tel: + 223 678 4556

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MOROCCO

From 26 - 29 October, CMC, ICBL and Protection carried out an advocacy mission to Morocco to discuss the Convention on Cluster Munitions and encourage Morocco to sign in Oslo and publicly announce this. The meeting was followed by a field visit and meetings with other senior representatives.

CMC, ICBL, Protection
Ayman Sorour, amac98eg@yahoo.com
Tamar Gabelnick, tamar@icbl.org

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NEPAL

Launches People’s Treaty
The People’s Treaty was launched in Nepal the week prior to the Global Week of Action and ran throughout the week until 2 November. Campaigners collected over 50,000 signatures that were handed over to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on 2 November. Brochures were also handed out to the general public to raise awareness.

Campaigners have already got substantial media coverage of their actions including this broadcast piece on Nepal News: http://www.nepalnews.com/archive/videos/2008/oct/oct21/video03.php

Please find the photos at http://www.ncbl.org.np/CM/activities/2008/Oct21/pictures/index.htm

Nepal Campaign to Ban Landmines
Purna Shova Chitrakar, ncbl@mail.com.np, Tel: + 985 10 036 22

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THE NETHERLANDS

Dutch campaigners visit embassies of Greece, Finland, Poland & Romania
Campaigners in the Netherlands focused on advocacy to bring other countries onboard the Convention on Cluster Munitions as the Netherlands has publicly announced its intention to sign the Convention. Letter writing actions targeted countries that are undecided in whether they will sign the Convention in Oslo and countries that have not yet publicly announced that they will sign in Oslo, urging them to publicly announce that they will sign. Campaigners from IKV Pax Christi in the Netherlands paid a visit to the embassies of Finland, Greece, Poland and Romania in the Hague, elaborating on the Convention. Conversations lasted about half an hour per embassy, exchanging the regular arguments and encouragements. All embassies have ensured they will report back to their capitals about the letter and visit. A media campaign was also launched including radio interviews and a press release was issued.

Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clustermunitioncoalition/sets/72157608446093760/

A significant amount of media coverage has been generated in the Netherlands from their actions:
Nederlandse campagnevoerders: teken de Conventie over Clustermunitie
http://www.oneworld.nl/index.php?page=4_2&articleId=15122
Wereldwijde actieweek tegen clustermunitie
http://www.gelderlander.nl/algemeen/dgbinnenland/3934505/Wereldwijde-actieweek-tegen-clustermunitie.ece
Nederlandse campagnevoerders: teken de Conventie over Clustermunitie
http://www.vluchteling.org/index.asp?pageid=d61eda58783d4371893fcff91f34901a
Actie Bij Ambassades Tegen Clusterbommen
http://denhaag.rtvwest.nl/nieuwsitem/23004
A free newspaper ‘de Spits’ also published a short article on the action in the Hague.

IKV Pax Christi
Miriam Struyk, struyk@ikvpaxchristi.nl, Tel: +31 6 48981493
Roos Boer,
Boer@ikvpaxchristi.nl, Tel: +31 6 53219954

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NEW ZEALAND

Launches advertising campaign
The Aotearoa New Zealand Cluster Munition Coalition (ANZCMC) marked the Global Week of Action To Ban Cluster Munitions with the launch of an advertising campaign calling on all governments to ban the weapon and help prevent civilian casualties. Campaigners displayed 50 Adshel posters at locations in Auckland and Wellington for two weeks. The posters urged all countries to sign the newly created treaty that prohibits cluster munitions and providing support to people affected by the weapon. The Adshel advertising space was obtained pro-bono by Auckland-based agency DraftFCB, which has provided pro-bono support to the coalition since November 2007. The posters will then be used as gifts to campaigners to take home and use in their advocacy.

Campaigners launch letter writing action
Campaigners from Aotearoa New Zealand CMC launched a letter-sending action targeting Wellington-based diplomatic representatives of states targeted for the signature campaign specifically Brazil, Malaysia, Poland, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Aotearoa New Zealand Cluster Munition Coalition
Mary Wareham, wareham@hrw.org, Tel: +64 2199 6905

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PAKISTAN

Sustainable Peace and Development Organiztion (SPADO), Youth For Peace together with other member organizations carried out several activities throughout the Global Week of Action mainly aimed at raising awareness amongst the younger generations and inviting them to put pressure on their government to support the Oslo process. Meetings were held with journalists from various print and electronic media to support the campaign and a press release was distributed.

Petition Signing Campaign
A petition signing campaign was distributed among the nearly 900 individuals of the society including students, scholars, socialists and well known members of the community. SPADO collected thousands of signatures during the one week campaign.

Youth Seminar
On 28 October a seminar was held to raise awareness amongst the youth about the destruction and after-effects of cluster munitions. Participants were informed about the countries producing these munitions and the affected states and a film on cluster bombs was screened. The youth were urged to support the campaign against cluster bombs in Pakistan and play their due role to pursue the government in favour of the CCM.

Rally
A rally was arranged at Peshawar University in which the young community were invited to participate and to raise their voice to ban cluster bombs. A large number of students participated in and supported the action.
Interviews with Religious Scholars and Social Activists
Interviews with various highly profile people were conducted on the issue of banning cluster bombs including with the Chairmen and Lecturers from various departments at the University of Peshawar and Religious Scholars of Islamic Center Peshawar. SPADO highlighted its work and that of CMC and all the personalities stressed on the point that this week of Action is important to create awareness among the masses in Pakistan on the issue of cluster bombs.

Sustainable Peace and Development Organisation (SPADO)
Raza Shah Khan, spado@icbl.org, Tel: +92 300 959 8429

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PERU

Campaigners hand over 35,000 signatures to Ministry of Foreign Affairs
On 28 October campaigners from Amnesty International in Peru presented all 35,000 signatures to Minister Dra Liliam Ballón of Amezaga in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Secretary Dr. Miracles Winkelried was also present, as was a representative from the Ministry of Defence. Campaigners presented their concerns and requested a clarification on the position of Peru and signing the CCM in Oslo. The Minister confirmed that discussions were at an advanced stage and that there would be an announcement soon.

Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clustermunitioncoalition/sets/72157608474677026/

Holds a photo exhibition
On 30 October campaigners ran a stall and photo exhibition at a local fair in the University Ricardo Palm of File. Leaflets were also handed out at all the universities in Lima to raise awareness and asking students to sign the People’s Treaty. A press release was also printed in the University magazine which has a circulation of 25,000 and is distributed free to embassies, universities, state agencies and civil societies.
Photos of the exhibition have been added to this link:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clustermunitioncoalition/sets/72157608474677026/

Campaigners also worked with the Organisation of Catholic Bishops (CEAS) to produce a faith leader’s letter to reinforce the People’s Treaty signature campaign. An opinion article was published in ‘El Comercio’, one of the largest newspapers in Peru. A kit on the campaign against cluster bombs was distributed to 120 parliamentarians to inform them of the convention and the implications for Peru.

Amnesty International - Peru
Ana Maria Watson, watsonpg1@yahoo.es

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PHILIPPINES

During the Global Week of Action, campaigners from PCCM toured the Philippines in a Campaign Caravan collecting hundreds of signatures for the People’s Treaty. The caravan also stopped at Mindanao, an area heavily affected by conflict. People’s Treaty petitions were handed over to government officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence in November. A meeting was held with government agencies about the Convention and campaigners have been lobbying in the Philippine Senate to sign and to create national laws to ratify the Convention quickly. Campaigners also met with embassies of ASEAN countries and countries supportive of the CCM to explore ways to collaborate in urging governments to sign the CCM.

Workshop, exhibit and petition gathering in Mindanao
On 26-28 October 2008, the Mindanao leg of the Peace and Human Rights Bus was conducted in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Shariff Kabunsuan Province in Mindanao. As with the previous caravans in Luzon and Visayas, the Philippine Campaign against Cluster Munitions conducted a workshop on cluster munitions for the 70 Muslim, Indigenous People and Christian youth leaders present during the caravan. The devastating effects of cluster munitions were discussed with the youth leaders, and they were given an opportunity to act on the issue through their participation in the People’s Treaty. The youth leaders present realized the great need to ban these weapons that cause suffering to civilians, particularly to young children and the youth. They have stressed that with the worsening condition of armed conflict in their areas in Mindanao, they don’t need another type of weapon to be made available to military forces anywhere in the world. An exhibit of the Philippine Campaign against Cluster Munitions was also put up in the conference area and was viewed by the participants and other locals from the area.

Philippines Campaign Against Cluster Munitions (PCCM)
Jaymelyn Uy, jnuy@mc.edu.ph

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POLAND

The Polish Red Cross launched an animation on their website asking visitors to the website to sign the People’s Treaty.

Polish Red Cross
Lidia Szafaryn, lidia.szafaryn@pck.org.pl

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SENEGAL

Campaigners hold panel discussion
On 28 October, campaigners in Casamance held a panel discussion entitled “The Oslo Signing Convention on Cluster Munitions Signing Conference and mine victims in Senegal”. Two films on cluster munitions were screened at the event and signatures were collected for The People’s Treaty. Civil society organisations included HI, Afrique Enjeux, ASVM, CNAMS as well as ICRC and UNICEF. Journalists also took part and interviewed Campaigners after the lecture.

The Senegalese campaign have organised a media campaign in Dakar and Ziguinchor and are also asking parliamentarians to sign the People’s Treaty throughout the whole week. Media Links to follow.

Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clustermunitioncoalition/sets/72157608534986300/

Senegalese Campaign to Ban Landmines
Boubine Toure, boubine@refer.sn, Tel: +221 775 637 648

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SIERRA LEONE

Press Conference
Campaigners at the Sierra Leone Action Network on Small Arms (SLANSA) issued a press release calling on the government to publicly announce that Sierra Leone will sign the Treaty in Oslo. The release was issued in advance of a press conference organised on 28 October.

Media coverage following press conference
On 28 October, a Press Conference took place in Freetown. Mr. Abdulai Bayrayteh, Assistant to the President and Spokesperson to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation was in attendance. He publicly confirmed that Sierra Leone will sign the treaty in Oslo, but stopped short at naming who specifically will sign the treaty but nonetheless said it will either be the President or the Foreign Minister. Mr. Bayrayteh also launched the Peoples Treaty signature collection in Sierra Leone. The local press has reported on the announcement and articles have featured in Awoko, Premier News and the Standard Times. CTN radio, 98.1 and UN Radio reported on the press conference and interviewed CMC member Abu Bakar Sheriff from SLANSA. More newspapers are expected to cover the activities this week.

Four of the press articles can be viewed here:
http://awoko.org/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=4171&cntnt01returnid=15
http://awoko.org/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=4163&cntnt01returnid=15
http://news.sl/drwebsite/publish/article_200510214.shtml
http://news.sl/drwebsite/publish/article_200510220.shtml

Roundtable with parliamentarians
Campaigners held a very successful meeting with MPs from the Defence and Human Rights Committee to discuss signing and ratifying the convention. The films: “Unacceptable Harm” and “The CCM: Time To Act” were screened followed by a presentation on the Oslo Process and the CCM. Signatures were collected from Parliamentarians for the People’s Treaty and media coverage was achieved including an interview on the Cotton Tree News radio network which broadcasts to two-thirds of the country.

Sierra Leone Action Network on Small Arms
Abu Bakarr Sheriff, slansa2001@yahoo.com

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SLOVAKIA

Pax Christi International and Amnesty International have sent a letter to Slovakia’s Foreign Minister urging Slovakia to sign the Convention in Oslo.

Amnesty International Slovakia, Pax Christi International
Jana Panakova, Jana.Panakova@paxchristi.net

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SOMALIA

Throughout the week 4 local radio stations in and out of Mogadishu ran programmes on cluster munitions and the upcoming signing ceremony in Oslo as well as stressing the importance of the Somali Transitional Federal Government to sign and ratify the CCM in Oslo.

Somalia Campaign to Ban Landmines
Dahir Abdirahman, somalia_socbal@yahoo.com

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SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa lies down against cluster bombs
Over 100 campaigners gathered outside the Gauteng Legislature in Johannesburg on 27 October for a demonstration and a ‘lie down’ against cluster bombs, to call on the government of South Africa to sign the treaty in Oslo. Those lying down included ministry representatives, local government, the general public and well-known actors in South Africa, Kenneth Nkosi and Rapulane who starred in the film Tsotsi. Over 100 signatures were collected for the People’s Treaty. Interviews were done on Kaya FM radio and SA FM radio, as well as in print media including the The Star. Campaigners called on South Africa to publicly announce that they will sign the Treaty, the government is currently undergoing internal consultations in order to make this decision. The ‘lie down’ took place after the screening of the ICRC film ‘Time to Act’ at City Hall in Johannesburg.

Photos from their event here and a copy of the article in The Star:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clustermunitioncoalition/sets/72157608446435092/

Ceasefire
Kennedy Mabasa, stopwar@mail.ngo.za, +27 11 403 5315, +27 82 431 4297

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SPAIN

As the Spanish Government has already declared a unilateral moratorium and has announced they will sign in Oslo, campaigners from Greenpeace, Movimento Per La Pau, Fundació per la Pau and Justícia i Pau will be focusing on public awareness-raising, including the launch of a countdown to Oslo meter and placing of the animation on their websites and a call to website visitors to sign the People’s Treaty. Letters were also sent by the campaign to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence requesting meetings to discuss Spain’s delegation to Oslo encouraging attendance at Ministerial level, implementation of the moratorium, and provisions for signing and ratifying the treaty.

Campaigners organize film screening near Barcelona
On 29 October, campaigners from Movimento Per La Pau organized workshops in two high schools in Santa Coloma de Gramanet, near Barcelona as part of their educational programme to raise awareness on cluster bombs, explosive remnants of war and the effects on civilians. This included a screening of the film: “Las Tortugas También Vuelan” (Turtles Can Fly). Students also created a mural by drawing silhouettes of their arms and writing messages about cluster bombs and peace under the theme ‘make it happen’.
Link for animation film http://movimentperlapau.blogspot.com

Shoe pyramid campaign action
On 1 November, campaigners from Plataforma Per La Pau built a gigantic pyramid of shoes at the church square in Lloret de Mar to commemorate thousands of victims of APM and Cluster Munitions. The shoes were then donated to charity.

Greenpeace Spain
Mabel González Bustelo, mgbustel@es.greenpeace.org, Tel: +34 618 54 81 90

Movimento per La Pau
Lucia and Maria Josep, cooperacio@movimentperlapau.org, mariajosep@movimentperlapau.org

Plataforma Per La Pau
info@plataformaperlapau.org

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SUDAN

Holds workshop for Government Ministers
On 29 October, JASMAR Human Security Organization on behalf of Sudan CBL organised a one day workshop on the Convention at the Ministry of Social Welfare in Khartoum. A film produced by ICRC about the harm caused by cluster munitions was also screened at the event. About 50 participants attended the workshop including high level government delegates from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice, Defence, Social Welfare and Human Affairs, as well as national and international NGOs, SRC & ICRC, disabilities unions, representatives from the UN and the media. The workshop featured the same day on Sudan TV on the 10′oclock news and has also been picked up by several newspapers. The workshop and subsequent media coverage has put pressure on the government who are yet to make a decision with regards to signing the treaty in Oslo. The main conclusion is that while the Sudanese government stigmatises the use of cluster munitions, it is unclear whether they will sign in Oslo, or at a later date. This is mainly due to the decision-making process within the government. Signatures were also collected for the People’s Treaty targeting all the people invited to the workshop to sign as well as the general public.

For photos and newspaper coverage of the workshop follow this link:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clustermunitioncoalition/sets/72157608613442106/

Sudanese Campaign to Ban Landmines
Abu Osama Abdalla Mohamed, aboosamaa@yahoo.com

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SWEDEN

Campaigners in Sweden launched a letter sending action targeting Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt as Sweden had not then yet announced whether they would sign the Convention in Oslo, favouring instead to wait and see the outcome of the CCW. All CMC campaigners took part in the action as well as supporters in Sweden and over 150 letters were sent. Campaigners continued their media campaign and placed news articles and conducted interviews. SPAS also sent letters to Thailand, Afghanistan and Jordan.

4 articles in regional newspapers appeared in the following regional newspapers: Helsingborgs Dagblad (29/10), Västerbottens-Kuriren (29/10), Västervikstidningen (30/10), Vestmanlands läns tidning (3/11).

Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society
Anna Ek, anna.ek@svenskafreds.se, Tel: +46 8 558 03182, +46 709 540513

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SWITZERLAND

Ban Bus arrives in Geneva in time to protest against the CCW
The European Ban Bus arrived in Geneva today in time for the start of the CCW. Campaigners covered the famous broken chair installation to protest in the Palais des Nations calling on governments to “Ban Cluster Bombs in Oslo or Legalise them in Geneva”. The CMC and the ICBL also held a joint briefing on 30 October with the government of Lebanon at the UN in Geneva for states from the Middle East and North Africa region.

Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clustermunitioncoalition/sets/72157608614641212/

CMC, ICBL
Kasia Derlicka, kasia@icbl.org

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SYRIA

On the 27 October an NGO meeting was conducted with a lecture and screening of the documentary From Laos to Lebanon. On 29 October campaigners met with the Director of International Organizations and Conventions in the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to urge the government to join international efforts to ban cluster bombs. The Director stated that the interest of this issue has been raised in the ministry during the last months and Syria has been against the use of cluster bombs. Another meeting was also conducted with the Secretary General of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (APU) on 28 October to urge the union to encourage Arab states to join these efforts. He agreed that this issue should be raised in the coming meetings of APU to promote the role of Parliamentarians. He expressed his readiness to organize a special meeting for the Arab Parliaments (22 states) to highlight the impacts of Cluster bombs as well as ERWs and the importance of banning cluster munitions. An public meeting also took place in November on Cluster Bombs and Why They Must Be Banned in Damascus at the Al Montada Cultural Centre.

Arab Network for Research on LM & ERW
Ghassan Sharour, afodafro@scs-net.org, Tel: +963 944 741955

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TAJIKISTAN

Holds round table with Ministry of Foreign Affairs
On 27 October, the Tajikistan campaign Harmony of the World conducted a round table to discuss the problem of cluster bombs in detail and presentations on the Oslo process to encourage the government to sign the Convention, and was followed by a Q&A session. The event was attended by key government officials including representatives from the Ministry of Defence and Foreign Affairs, Presidential administration and local and international organisations.

The event was covered in the Azia+ weekly newspaper and featured twice on the main TV Channel Sarbozi Vatan including interviews with key government officials and survivors and video clips from cluster bomb affected regions. TV and Radio spots broadcast all week including a documentary on the effects of cluster munitions both in Tajikistan and worldwide. Signatures for the People’s Treaty were also collected during the week.

Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clustermunitioncoalition/sets/72157608621454713/

Harmony of the World
Aziza Hakiova, Tajikistan@icbl.org, Tel: +992 37 2219070

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THAILAND

On 2 November 2008, the Thailand Ban Bus was launched at a central location in Bangkok at Santi Chaiprakarn Park beside the Chao Praya River. Giant banners and posters were placed around the park and activities -Cycling, Silhouettes Against Cluster Bomb, Competition, Music from Disable Children Foundation- and exhibitions from TCBL members for the media and general public took place where signatures were also collected for the People’s Treaty. Between 10 -15 November 2008, the Thailand Ban Bus travelled from Bangkok to Ubolrajathani at the Laos border, stopping at four universities -Suranaree University of Technology (Nakhon Rachasima) -Khon Kan University -Mahasarakham University -Ubon Rajathanee University and parks, public places and markets to present events and collect signatures for the People’s Treaty. The decorated bus and 10 large standing banners attracted Thai citizens young and old to come find out about cluster munitions. Pens, brochures and information on Cluster Munitions were distributed. This was backed up by media campaign with an interview by local cable TV (HOME TV) and newspaper editorials calling on the government of Thailand to sign in Oslo. Thai Ban Bus returned from its on 16 November and campaigners handed over the signatures collected from the People’s Treaty to the Royal Thai Government. Non Violence International also sent letters to the Foreign Ministers of the ASEAN States encouraging them to sign the Convention in Oslo.

Media links:
http://www.matichon.co.th/news_detail.php?newsid=1225680364
http://news.212cafe.com/news37471.html
http://www.matichon.co.th/matichon/view_news.php?newsid=01p0118031151§ionid=0101&day=2008-11-03
http://learners.in.th/blog/mama-hphb/157781
http://pisces.exteen.com/20081112/entry-1
http://news.impaqmsn.com/articles.aspx?id=231182&ch=gn2
http://www.thairath.com/news.php?section=international04&content=90868
http://www.naewna.com/news.asp?ID=110572
http://www.dailynews.co.th/web/html/popup_news/Default.aspx?Newsid=164303&NewsType=1&Template=1
http://thaiindy.org/
https://news.myfirstinfo.com/viewnews.asp?newsid=1611992&keyword=ระเบิดดาวกระจาย
https://news.myfirstinfo.com/viewnews.asp?newsid=1614683&keyword=ระเบิดดาวกระจาย

Thai Campaign, JRS, HI, Non Violence International
Emilie Ketudat, thailand@icbl.org; landmine@jrs.or.th, Tel: +66 2 640 9590

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TOGO

Media campaign is launched
On 27 October campaigners from West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) and Handicap International launched banners across Lomé. Between 29 and 31 October, WANEP participated in 2 radio shows on Radio Nostalgie and further radio transmissions on cluster bombs and the treaty were run on Kanal FM and international station (West Africa Democracy Radio: www.wadr.org ) which is listened to in Senegal, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Niger, C’ote d’Ivoire and online. Articles were published on cluster munitions in two national newspapers.

Public Conference
Global Week of Action ended in Togo on 7 November with a big public conference at the UNREC. This was organised in partnership with the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and disarmament in Africa (UNREC) where the General Secretary from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs read out a public statement from the Minister confirming that Togo will be in Oslo to sign. Attending the lecture were civil society organizations, UNDP, senior officers of the Armed Forces of Togo as well as the media. The director of UNREC was also present at this meeting and she publicly announced the position of the UN on cluster munitions.The public lecture was broadcast throughout Africa on several radio stations, newspapers and television channels including Radio Nostalgie, Radio Kanal FM, Radio Wadr, Nana FM, Victoire FM, Liberté-trihebdo, Independant Express, LCF, and others.

Media coverage:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clustermunitioncoalition/sets/72157608624555055/

West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) Togo
Kokou F. Aklavon, aklafelix@yahoo.fr

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TURKEY

Signature campaign launched
Signatures were collected by campaigners in 20 cities all over Turkey holding photo exhibitions and then delivered to the Ministry of the National Turkish Assembly to put pressure on the government to attend Oslo in December and sign the Treaty. The signature campaign was carried out on paper and online with news features mentioning the campaign with a link to the website.

Lie down action in Istanbul
On 1 November campaigners arranged a lie down action in Istiklal, one of the most crowded streets in İstanbul. Media coverage was achieved on several TV Channels and newspapers including a large article on Taraf and a front page feature on Birgün.

Round Table with parliamentarians
A round table was arranged with parliamentarians at the end of the Global Week of Action to discuss the CCM and the Oslo Treaty.

Media coverage:
http://www.taraf.com.tr/haber/20274.htm
http://www.birgun.net/actuel_index.php?news_code=1225588973&year=2008&month=11&day=02
http://www.gaziantep27.net/?id=23123&habertip=1
http://www.savaskarsitlari.org/arsiv.asp?ArsivTipID=9&ArsivAnaID=48512&SayfaNo=1
http://ankaradabalikekmek.deviantart.com/art/raining-dead-angels-102368320

The Initiative for a Mine-Free Turkey
Muteber Ogreten, bilgi@mayinsizbirturkiye.org, Tel: +90 535 229 38 28

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UGANDA

Following the successful Kampala Conference hosted by the government of Uganda where the government announced that they will sign the treaty, campaigning efforts in Uganda during the Global Week of Action were aimed at nations who have not yet committed to sign the Convention. Letters went out to the Embassies of Algeria, Ethiopia, Japan, South Africa, Sweden, Sudan and Thailand with follow up visits on 28 and 29 October. At the Algerian Embassy, campaigners met with the Counsellor with whom they had a long discussion on the issues of cluster munitions. A press release was circulated to the media which was followed by an article in a national newspaper.

Ugandan Landmine Survivors Association
Margaret Arach Orech, Margaret@icbl.org, Tel: +256 77 2 359796

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UK

Campaigners hold meeting with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
On 28 October, the All Party Landmine Eradication Group (APLEG) held a joint meeting with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to discuss how the UK can build on the success of the Dublin negotiations. The meeting was attended by parliamentarians, civil society, the FCO and the British Red Cross.

After receiving a comprehensive briefing on the Convention, the FCO presented an update on the work that the UK Government is undertaking to implement the treaty nationally and to promote widespread support for it. On ratification the FCO stated that they were working to establish a cross departmental team that will work on drafting national legislation with the aim that this will be put to parliament in the 2009/2010 legislative year, enabling UK ratification of the CCM in this same year.

Further to this the FCO also stated that the UK had already begun to take national steps to abide by the treaty. Upon the announcement that they would adopt the Convention in Dublin the UK also announced the withdrawal of its remaining cluster munitions from service. In addition, the FCO informed the group, that the destruction of other stockpiles (withdrawn prior to the Dublin Conference) is already underway.

Immediately after the Dublin Conference the Prime Minister stated in parliament that his wish is to have a global treaty on cluster munitions and that in order to achieve this he would work with other countries that were not present in Dublin to encourage the widest possible support for the new Convention. During this meeting the FCO stated that they had engaged in discussions on the Convention with both NATO and EU states as well as held bilateral discussions on the issue with the Finnish Government.

Soroptomist activists from across the UK also organised several actions including petition collections for the People’s Treaty and a letter-writing campaign to parliamentarians asking that parliamentarians make sure that the UK government ratifies the Convention quickly. Amnesty International local groups have also sent letters to parliamentarians to ask that the Convention is ratified quickly.

Landmine Action
Portia Stratton,
pstratton@landmine.org, Tel: +44 20 7820 0222

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URUGUAY

Campaigners in Uruguay distributed leaflets on the problem of cluster munitions and the new Convention to ban them. They were handed to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Interior as well as the parliamentarians in their position as legislators to raise awareness and make sure that Uruguay signs and ratifies the Convention to protect the human rights of victims of cluster bombs. The animation was also posted on the website and a newspaper that supports the campaign featured an article on the issue. Letters were sent to the embassies of Iraq, Afghanistan, Brazil, Jordan and Thailand.

The link to the video: http://aludec.co.cc/noticias/leer/8
The link to the file: http://aludec.co.cc/descargas/categorias/7
Article “El Pais” 34.05.08 http://www.elpais.com.uy/Especiales/irak_eeuu/arce15.shtml
Article “El Pais http://www.elpais.com.uy/08/06/01/pinter_349404.asp
Article “Ultimas Noticias” 30.05.08 http://www.ultimasnoticias.com.uy/hemeroteca/300508/prints/int02.html
Article 7 june and 6 September “La República”
http://www.larepublica.com.uy/editorial/314687-bombas-de-racimo-y-terrorismo

ALUDEC
Sofia Guidobono, secretaria@aludec.org.uy

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USA

‘Postcard from Lebanon’ film launched in the USA
Filmmaker Jocelyn Ajami launched the week of action by holding film screenings of her film on the cluster bombing of Lebanon in 2006 just 6 weeks after the war, called ‘A Postcard from Lebanon’. The screenings held throughout the week will also include discussions on the Cluster Munitions Civilians Protection Act and the Convention signing in Oslo. The film screenings achieved media coverage in the Boston Globe in an article called ‘The moving images behind a weapons ban’ which also mentions the Global Week of Action.

Read it here: http://www.boston.com/ae/movies/articles/2008/10/25/the_moving_images_behind_a_weapons_ban/

Postcard from Lebanon
Jocelyn Ajami, ajami@mindspring.com

Students campaign against cluster bombs
Proud Students Against Landmines (PSALM) and the West Virginia Campaign to Ban Landmines students raised awareness throughout the Global Week of Action to Ban Cluster Bombs and the lead-up to Oslo through various projects including: poster making, letter writing, city proclamation, petition drives for the People’s Treaty petition, awareness days and presentations for religious and community organisations. Morgantown City Council made a proclamation declaring in the City of Morgantown, West Virginia, a Resolution to support a cluster bomb ban and to declare Cluster Bomb/Landmine Awareness Week. It was presented to the PSALM and the West Virginia Campaigns on 5 November.

Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/clustermunitioncoalition/sets/72157608422144481/

Proud Students Against Landmines (PSALM) / West Virginia Campaign to Ban Landmines,
Nora Sheets, noracat@yahoo.com

Cluster Bomb Survivors Midwest Speaking Tour
The US Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Bombs arranged a tour between 6 and 15 October to the States of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio to build public support for Senate legislation that would ban the US from using and exporting cluster bombs. A 17 year old Afghani boy who lost both legs to a cluster bomb, the father of a 5 year old boy killed by these weapons and a mother of a US marine who died in Iraq while clearing up US dropped cluster bombs traveled through key Mid-Western States to raise awareness. Fantastic news coverage was achieved from the tour including the national media such as AOL News, CNBC, Reuters and the International Business Times as well as numerous regional publications.

US Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Bombs, Handicap International
Cori Cohen, ccohen@handicap-international.us

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VIETNAM

Workshop in Hanoi
During the Global Week of Action, Landmine Survivors Network Vietnam (LSN Vietnam) participated in the national workshop on the Convention on Cluster Munitions, which was held on 27-28 October 2008 at the Fortuna Hotel in Hanoi. The workshop was hosted by Department of International Organizations - Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DIO - MOFA) with the support of UNDP Vietnam and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Vietnam, and LSN Vietnam was very active in the initial stages of the planning process for this workshop. They designed many related documents on the Convention and drafted the agenda for the national workshop which was evident in the agenda sent out by MOFA. The most important success that they obtained is that the government, specifically the Department of International Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, took the initiative to host the national workshop on the Convention with the support of the Norwegian Embassy and UNDP in Vietnam. Campaigners gave a presentation on the “on-going non-state efforts to support Vietnamese UXO victims”.

The workshop was the first of its kind to be held in Vietnam to discuss an international convention, and was well attended by government, diplomatic and civil society representatives. It was aimed at providing information on the issue of cluster munitions and overall information on the Oslo Process, as well as creating a forum for a legal review of the proposed Oslo convention, and analysis on what its ratification would mean for Viet Nam. Around 70 participants attended in the workshop, representing Government agencies, including the Ministry of Defence (MOD), Ministry of Public Security (MPS), Ministry of Justice (MOJ), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Ministry of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs (MOLISA), Government Bureau; representatives from localities heavily affected by cluster munitions (including Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai Province); and some related Vietnam civil societies, such as the Vietnam Red Cross Society and the Vietnam Veterans Association. Representatives of UNDP, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Cluster Munitions Coalition (CMC), diplomats and experts from some embassies in Hanoi, including the Embassies of Norway, New Zealand, Ireland, as well as representatives from some international NGOs in Vietnam (including Landmine Survivors Network, Vietnam Veterans Memorials Fund, MAG, UNICEF, VVAF, etc.) were also invited to participate. In addition, representatives from Cambodia were invited.

Work Shop in Ho Chi Minh City
A workshop in Ho Chi Minh City was then organised by campaigners the following week for the media and the public as well as governmental representatives based in Ho Chi Minh City. The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Foreign Affairs co-hosted the event, which is open to members of the government, diplomats, representatives from international non-governmental organizations and the press. This was a good opportunity for the different stakeholders, particularly the government and civil society, to discuss the convention as well as future opportunities for international co-operation and victim assistance. As an expected outcome, the workshop in Ho Chi Minh City which is the biggest city in Vietnam was another stepping-stone to encourage the government to sign the CCM, as well as to reach a wider audience.

Landmine Survivors Network Vietnam, Norwegian People’s Aid, Project RENEW, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
Kim Hoa Nguyen, nguyenthikimhoa@landminesurvivors.org, Tel: + 84 - 52 - 3850 668

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ZAMBIA

During the Global Week of Action a one day workshop was held for journalists and community meetings to discuss peace-building issues and included a discussion on cluster munitions and the Convention that will be signed in Oslo.

Network of African Peacebuilders (NAPS)
Rinos Simbulo, rsimbulo@yahoo.co.uk, Tel: + 260 211 977 772 941
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