09 Aug 2016

Handicap International - Petition: Stop Bombing Civilians

After a 30-year campaign against anti-personnel landmines and cluster munitions which led to the Ottawa mine ban convention (1997) and the Oslo convention on cluster munitions (2008), Handicap International is now taking action to stop the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

What is an explosive weapon? : Anti-personnel landmines, cluster bombs, rockets, mortars, shells, aerial bombs and improvised explosive devices are all weapons with projectile charges. They pose a significant and unacceptable threat to civilians due to their wide impact area, inaccurate delivery system and multiple munitions. When these weapons do not explode on impact they become explosive remnants of war and pose a threat long after a conflict has ended.

International humanitarian law bans parties to a conflict from targeting civilians and civilian buildings. Any attack must respect the distinction between civilians and combatants. However, in current conflicts, cities and populated areas are regularly bombed by belligerents. This unacceptable practice kills and maims large numbers of civilians and is a serious violation of IHL.

Used on a massive scale in urban areas during recent armed conflicts, explosive weapons have killed and maimed thousands of civilians in countries including Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Palestine.
Join the campaign today and help stop the bombing of civilians : http://stop-bombing-civilians.org/

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