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Niue accedes to the Convention on Cluster Munitions!

                    Niue deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention on Cluster Munitions on 6 August. Congratulations to Niue on becoming the 109th State Party! PSALM students participated in remote campaigning while out of school sending postcards to countries, including Niue,  encouraging them to accend the treaty. With […]

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CMC Calls for Universal Adoption of Convention on Cluster Munitions and End to All Use on 10th Anniversary

Ten years ago, on 1 August, the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) became international law, paving the way for clearance of contaminated communities, destruction of stockpiles, and establishing the international norm banning all use and solidifying global condemnation of the weapon. The CCM was also the first multilateral treaty to include provisions for assistance to […]

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ACTION ALERT #ReverseUSLandminePolicyNow

What is happening? The US announced its new landmine policy on January 31, 2020. The new policy permits US troops to use antipersonnel landmines anywhere in the world at any time and allows the US to resume production of antipersonnel mines. The US Administration cancelled the Obama Administration’s policy to prohibit United States military forces from employing antipersonnel landmines outside […]

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Cluster Munition Coalition Activities to Promote Universal CCM Adherence

PSALM and of the Cluster Munition Coalition, a global network in some 100 countries working to end the suffering caused by cluster munitions, and the Convention on Cluster Munitions without delay. As we faces the COVID-19 pandemic together with the rest of the world, multilateral action to ensure a safe and secure public, and international […]

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Landmines Left After Armed Group Withdraws in Libya Victim-Activated Explosive Devices Endanger Human Lives, WVCBL/PSALM Demand Action

An armed group and affiliates fighting for control of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, appear to have used antipersonnel landmines and booby traps there in late May 2020,  according to Human Rights Watch. “Any use of internationally banned landmines is unconscionable,” said Steve Goose, arms division director at Human Rights Watch and chair of the International […]

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Join Treaty Now! Says CMC Ambassador on the 12th Anniversary of the Convention on Cluster Munitions

May 30th is the twelfth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) and activists around the world join 121 States Parties and signatories to the Convention in calling on all countries to join without delay. As we prepare to meet in Switzerland this November for the Convention’s Second Review Conference, we […]

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PSALM Students Campaign From Home

The Covid pandemic has forced schools to shut down but has not dampened  PSALM students desire to see the end of landmines and cluster bombs in the world. Students joined together to campaign remotely by filming videos, writing letters and contacting embassies. PSALM student Lucca filmed over 20 videos as part of the CMC UNIVERSALIZATION […]

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ICBL-CMC Actions on Mine Awareness Day 2020

              As WVCBL/PSALM joins the ICBL-CMC Community to mark the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action this year, the world is shuddering under the terrible weight of the COVID-19 Pandemic, which by its nature is disproportionately affecting vulnerable populations around the world, including landmine and cluster munition […]

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UNITED STATES CAMPAIGN TO BAN LANDMINES: Joint Statement on the Trump Administration’s New Landmine Policy

In response to the January 31st announcement by the White House of the Department of Defense’s new landmine policy, we, the undersigned organizations, strongly condemn the Trump Administration’s decision to lift existing United States prohibitions against the use of landmines. We urge the White House and Department of Defense (DOD) to reconsider and take steps to join the […]

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US Policy Reversal At Odds With Global Mine Ban Consensus, PSALM/WVCBL Saddened By the Announcement

   February 2020 – The announcement by the United States reversing its policy stance on antipersonnel landmines, is a step backwards in the steady progress towards achieving a mine-free world. The new United States policy rolls back prohibitions on landmine production and use which it put in place in 2014. The new policy contrasts starkly with the US’ […]