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Afghan teenage cluster bomb victim battling for ban

By Robin Millard
Agence France Presse

Afghan teenager Soraj Ghulam Habib, whose legs were blown off by a cluster bomb, is campaigning hard for a ban on such lethal munitions that would spare other children from his tragic fate.

A 10-year-old boy when the unexploded bomblet left him close to death, Habib, now 17 and wheelchair-bound, is in Dublin to press officials from 109 countries who have gathered to thrash out a landmark ban on cluster bombs.

The conference, due to conclude on May 30, is aiming for a wide-ranging international pact that would completely eliminate the use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster munitions among signatories.

Habib’s childhood curiosity with a funny-looking object left him a whisker from death, yet another innocent civilian victim of deadly cluster bombs. (more…)

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Military chiefs urge UK to ban cluster bombs

By Richard Norton-Taylor
The Guardian (London)

Some of the most senior British former generals and Nato commanders urged the government yesterday to agree to a total ban on cluster bombs, describing them as “inaccurate and unreliable”.

Their call came as negotiations began in Dublin for an international treaty outlawing cluster munitions, which scatter large numbers of bomblets over a wide area. Many of these fail to explode at the time, only to kill and maim civilians, often long after the conflict has ended. (more…)

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Conference opens in Dublin to ban cluster bombs

By Robin Millard
Agence France Presse

Representatives from around 100 countries opened a 12-day conference Monday in a bid to agree a global ban on cluster bombs, one of the most lethal weapons facing civilians caught up in conflict.

The talks, at Dublin’s Croke Park Gaelic sports stadium, is aiming for a wide-ranging pact that would completely wipe out the use, production and stockpiling of cluster bombs by its signatories. (more…)

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