Why the cluster won’t go away.

15 Aug

This blog has called for the Singapore government to stop the production and sale of cluster munitions because it is aware of its devastating effects, especially against civilians. In the recent conflict between Georgia and Russia, Human Rights Watch reported the use of cluster bombs by Russian aircrafts in populated areas of Georgia, ‘killing at least 11 civilians and injuring dozens’.

According to the human rights NGO,

Russian aircraft dropped RBK-250 cluster bombs, each containing 30 PTAB 2.5M submunitions, on the town of Ruisi in the Kareli district of Georgia on August 12, 2008. Three civilians were killed and five wounded in the attack. On the same day, a cluster strike in the center of the town of Gori killed at least eight civilians and injured dozens…

By using cluster munitions, Russia has upped the ante, which might provoke Georgia to retaliate with its own arsenal of cluster munitions ( RBK-500 cluster bombs). To date, both Russia  and Georgia are not signatories to the Oslo Process which seeks to ban cluster munitions.

According to a brief report from the Mennonite Central Committee, the Russian military has used cluster munitions most recently in the Chechen conflicts. It wrote,

Many cluster bomb attacks apparently have been targeted at civilian areas, where civilians and reporters have indicated that no rebels were present at the time of the attacks.

The worldwide campaign to ban cluster munition needs to be stepped up. Given its disproportionate harm done to mainly civilians, all states should be barred from its use.

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8 Responses to “Why the cluster won’t go away.”

  1. nexoma August 15, 2008 at 3:45 pm #

    but before georgian forces (with american instructors) began bombing Tzhinvali with GRAD.
    and russian peacekeepers (with UN mandate) was only 200.

    Have you head in ‘brain-washing’-life?

  2. nexoma August 15, 2008 at 3:53 pm #

    go http://www.dod.gov and search word: “Georgia” and see how they trained georgian forces before Tzhinvali invasion.

    And what humanitarian help from Pentagon? not from FEMA?

    Remember about Great War. remember about hungry intrigan USA-heads.

  3. everina August 15, 2008 at 4:35 pm #

    and how abour 1600 people killed by Georgian massive bombing of Tshinval at night when people fell asleep? Human Right Watch is well known biased organization which sees only what it wants to see but not the real things and which never wants to research – only to blame blintly. That is all.
    Nexoma is right – it is brain-washing. Be free – whatch russian news to learn the truth.

  4. joni August 15, 2008 at 4:54 pm #

    This post is not denying the bombings and killing of civilians by the Georgians, but is about the use of cluster bombs. HRW does actually identify, and condemn, that the Georgians also indiscriminately killed civilians.

  5. Milan August 15, 2008 at 7:07 pm #

    What about when US used cluster bombs in Serbia in 1999 they bombed the center of city that has more that 300.000 residents killing many civilians and than that was characterized as collateral damage. I didn’t hear that many people complained then.

  6. joni August 15, 2008 at 7:20 pm #

    If you read our other posts on cluster bombs you will see that we condemn ALL use of them.

  7. Vera August 15, 2008 at 10:20 pm #

    Cluster bombs, big deal, that’s old news…we used them on civilian targets, oops, I meant “collateral damage” in 1999.

  8. Aybulat August 16, 2008 at 6:05 am #

    Forgive for my english. With regret note that west spectators, in USA in particular and Great britain are deprived objective source to information and have to get information from controlled power of the sources – BBS, CNN and other SMI these countries. THAT as these SMI describe occurring simply strikes its cynicism and vulgarity. The Government USA and load;embark;stevedore concern with the propaganda and demagogy constantly voicing unfounded accusations in change from Russia which can prove each its word, her position iron-concrete. Hope that in USA although what that part of population understands that occurs indeed.

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