14 October 2014

"Protecting Civilians from Cluster Munitions - The Role of Parliamentarians"

The Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) and the Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) hosted a side event on 14 October, at the 131st Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Geneva.

IPU 2014 CMC Side Event

The event included a discussion on the humanitarian impact that cluster munitions have on countless civilians in Iraq and worldwide, and what parliamentarians can do to prevent any further harm. Panelists included individuals with first-hand experience of the consequences of cluster munition use and with expertise on the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions that bans them.

The Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons has created a full report of the event.

Chair’s introduction – Peter Weiderud, Secretary General, Parliamentary Forum on SALW
Cluster munitions: A globally banned weapon – Lynn Bradach, Cluster Munition Coalition, CMC
Short film: “Living In Danger: Iraq’s Cluster Bomb Legacy
An Iraqi perspective: Ala Talabani, MP Iraq and President of the Parliamentary Forum on SALW
Discussion: Open for questions and moderated discussion with audience


A MAG Deminer Clearing Cluster Munitions 599X398
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