The Aotearoa New Zealand Cluster Munition Coalition (ANZCMC) is deeply disappointed with the precedent set by Australia’s weak implementing law for the Convention on Cluster Munitions adopted by the Senate on 21 August 2012. It is concerned that Canada is considering adopting similar, flawed legislation that does not sufficiently meet its commitments to the ban on cluster bombs. Australia, Canada, and other signatories to the Convention on Cluster Munitions must enact national implementation legislation before they can ratify the convention. Read more

It has been two years since the international treaty banning cluster bombs became binding international law on 1 August 2010. As the international movement was preparing to celebrate the impressive achievements of the convention it received sad news from Serbia. Two young army deminers were killed in the morning of 1 August 2012 as they were attempting to clear cluster munitions used by the United States during NATO air strikes in 1999. Read more

The Aotearoa New Zealand Cluster Munition Coalition is grateful to everyone who supported our work against cluster bombs in 2011. After 2010, we didn’t think this year could be any busier, but it was action-packed… Read more

The Aotearoa New Zealand Cluster Munition Coalition (ANZCMC) looks forward to working with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Murray McCully, on the disarmament and arms control portfolio in support of the Convention on Cluster Munitions. It is however deeply disappointed at the loss of the ministerial position.

In a 19 December 2011 press release,  the ANZCMC coordinator Mary Wareham said: ” The loss of our dedicated Disarmament Minister is significant as this role has helped New Zealand to play a unique leadership role in the international movement to ban cluster bombs and in other crucial disarmament effort. New Zealand needs active and constructive engagement by a dedicated Minister to advance the humanitarian disarmament agenda, including the ban on cluster bombs.”
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An effort by the United States and other major cluster bomb users and producers to create a new international law permitting these weapons was defeated in Geneva late on Friday, 25 November 2011 by a powerful alliance of governments, UN agencies, the ICRC, and civil society. Read more

Aotearoa New Zealand Cluster Munition Coalition coordinator Mary Wareham is giving a public talk on the status of the campaigns to ban cluster bombs and landmines, including New Zealand’s engagement, on Monday, October 3rd starting at 5:00pm at Victoria University of Wellington (Cotton 304).

See the Facebook notice by VicIDS.

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