2010: Entry into force of UN Convention on Cluster Munitions
1 August All day
The Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) prohibits all use, stockpiling, production and transfer of Cluster Munitions. The CCM was adopted in Dublin on 30 May 2008. It has 108 signatories. The Convention became binding international law when it entered into force on 1 August 2010 after 30 States – including the Vatican City State – had ratified it. As of September 2011, 60 States have ratified the CCM and future States Parties will accede to the Convention by submitting their ratifications to the United Nations.
Why does the Church Opposes Cluster Munitions?
The use of force must be a last resort, and it can only be considered for the defense of innocent lives. Even if these conditions are met, the use of force must discriminate or distinguish between combatants and civilians, and the suffering caused must not be greater than the good to be achieved. Cluster munitions are not able to meet these tests.Sandie Cornish, Why Cluster Bombs Should be Banned, Social Spirituality
Find out more on Church teaching and cluster bombs here.