Cluster bombs

Why Australians should be prosecuted for war crimes in Iraq: Tim Wright, 2009

This article by Tim Wright (first published in the Alternative Law Journal, Volume 34, No.3, 2009) assesses whether there is a legal and factual basis for the International Criminal Court to investigate and prosecute Australian leaders and soldiers for war crimes committed in Iraq.

Loopholes in Cluster Munitions Bill undermine legislation: Media Release, Cluster Munitions Association (Australia), November 2011

Media release from Cluster Munitions Association (Australia) responding to reports that ALP Parliamentary Caucus has voted not to amend draft legislation to ratify the global treaty banning cluster bombs.

Cluster bomb loopholes disregard purpose of global treaty

ALP Caucus votes to stick by US military and remain soft on cluster bomb ban: Cluster Munitions Coalition

22 NOVEMBER 2011: ALP caucus yesterday voted NOT to amend its widely criticised Cluster Munitions Prohibition bill to remove two loopholes that defy the whole intention of the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

US military presence, cluster bombs, and uranium sales: MAPW members speak out

Updated 23 November: President Obama's Australian visit has sparked announcements of an expanded US military presence in Australia -raising the possibility of storage of banned cluster bombs - while the PM has made clear her intention to change policy on uranium sales to India. Our members have spoken on radio, and once again written numerous letters to the media.

Send a Sock to Stephen: MAPW supports cluster bombs campaign

MAPW has joined organisations around Australia to send socks to Defence Minister Stephen Smith as a sad reminder of the human costs of cluster bombs.

Draft legislation before the Government would seriously weaken the important international treaty which bans cluster munitions.

Cluster bomb legislation: "Sock" flyer, November 2011

A flyer designed by a coalition of peace groups including MAPW, active against the use of cluster bombs. The flyer is to be sent to Stephen Smith, Minister for Defence, protesting against proposed legislation on cluster bombs, which could see Australia supporting US use of cluster bombs and the stockpiling of such weapons within Australia.

Flyer: MAPW Victorian dinner with John Rodsted - October 2011

MAPW Victorian Branch holds a dinner for members and supporters on the second Tuesday of every second month. Our 11 October 2011 guest speaker is photographer and anti-cluster-bombs campaigner John Rodsted, whose experience as a war photographer led him to take up the issue of cluster munitions. (Black and white A4 flyer)

MAPW signs open letter on cluster bomb legislation

Dr Bill Williams, on behalf of MAPW, is one of 45 signatories of an open letter to the Defence Minister, Foreign Minister and Attorney General urging changes to the proposed legislation on the ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions soon to be debated by the Senate.

Open letter to government regarding cluster munitions

An open letter to the Defence Minister, Foreign Minister and Attorney General urging changes to the legislation on the ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions. The letter has been signed by Dr Bill Williams on behalf of MAPW.

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