Pressure is mounting on the UK government ahead of crucial talks on cluster munitions that kick off at the United Nations in Geneva on Monday 14 November and run until Friday 25 November.

After a meeting between peers and cross-party MPs with the Minister for Counter Proliferation, Alistair Burt MP, on Monday 7 November, a press release was issued to UK media.

The Independent published an editorial and an article on this matter, raising concerns about the UK approach and potential support for a US-led protocol that would contradict the standard set out in the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions.

A number of MPs have tabled an early day motion, number 2381 of Monday 7 November, on this topic in the House of Commons.

An adjournment debate called by Martin Caton MP will take place on Wednesday 9 November in the House of Commons. Article 36 will report from this debate.

At the same time the ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger has reacted to the draft CCW protocol saying that “the draft at its present stage means practically that you can use until 2026 all cluster munitions except the ones produced before 1980.”

Article 36 will continue to monitor developments on this critical humanitarian issue and work with civil society, parliamentarians, the media and government officials to encourage a UK decision at the CCW that will enhance the protection of civilians rather than undermine it and put more lives at risk from cluster bombs.

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