NPWJ and TRP: “Use of Cluster Bombs in high population density areas by Gaddafi’s armed forces a war crime”

16 Apr, 2011 | Press Releases

“No Peace Without Justice and the Transnational Nonviolent Radical Party (TRP) condemn the reported use of cluster bombs in Libya. Cluster bombs are a scourge of modern-day warfare and rival landmines in their capacity to kill, main and injure civilians indiscriminately. Cluster bombs are by definition indiscriminate, as they cover a wide area and bomblets remain active and dangerous for years and decades to come. Firing such weapons into civilian-populated areas like residential neighbourhoods is a war crime and it will continue to maim and kill children, women and men for years to come.

“Their reported use by Gaddafi’s armed forces is a further demonstration that he cares nothing for the future of his country and its people. As of 1 August 2010, the International Convention on Cluster Munitions entered into force; while Libya is not among its State Parties, those States who are members should immediately and unequivocally condemn their use, particularly against civilians. We continue to urge all States to sign, ratify and implement the Convention, to strengthen the prohibition on this unacceptable weapon.

“NPWJ and the TRP urge the International Commission of Inquiry into Libya and the International Criminal Court to investigate this most recent reported violation. Given the shocking deadly legacy of cluster bomb use, there is no excuse not to condemn it wherever and whenever it happens. These two international, independent bodies have an excellent opportunity to do so now.

“Most importantly, NPWJ and the TRP call on Colonel Gaddafi and forces loyal to him to cease immediately the use of cluster bombs and to cease immediately the targeting of civilians. We urge the international community to do likewise and live up to their promise of protecting civilians in Libya.”

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