International law is developed to promote and enforce common standards of practice amongst states around the world. The protection of civilians from the effects of armed conflict is a long-standing and important branch of international law, known as international humanitarian law (IHL). IHL is best known through the Geneva Conventions. This body of law is constantly developing in order to respond to the changing nature of conflict and the increasing value societies place on humanitarian imperatives.

The Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM)

The treaty bans the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of cluster munitions and places obligations on countries to clear affected areas, assist victims and destroy stockpiles. It is the most significant treaty of its kind since the ban on anti-personnel landmines in 1997. Like the Mine Ban Treaty, this new treaty is likely to have a powerful effect in stigmatising cluster bombs, so that even those countries that do not join the treaty will not be able to use them without being subject to international condemnation.

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THE CONVENTION ON CLUSTER MUNITIONS

Official website of the Convention on Cluster Munitions

Full text of the Convention:

Convention On Cluster Munitions (ENGLISH)

Convention On Cluster Munitions (FRENCH)

Convention On Cluster Munitions (SPANISH)

Convention on Cluster Munitions (RUSSIAN)

Convention on Cluster Munitions (ARABIC)

Convention on Cluster Munitions (CHINESE)

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CMC BRIEFING PAPER ON THE CONVENTION

CMC Briefing Paper on the Convention (ENGLISH)

CMC Briefing Paper on the Convention (SPANISH)

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