Cluster munitions (sometimes called cluster bombs) are highly imprecise and indiscriminate weapons that work by dispersing hundreds of smaller submunitions, often referred to as bomblets or grenades, over a wide area. Cluster bombs pose a grave danger to civilians in situations of conflict because the weapons are designed to scatter explosives over wide swaths of land often hundreds of yards wide.
Handicap International in the U.S. will work to encourage our government to:
- Prohibit the use of cluster munitions;
- Cease any production or transfer of cluster munitions;
- Destroy stockpiles of cluster munitions;
- Acknowledge that users of cluster munitions and other munitions that become explosive remnants of war have special responsibility for clearance, warnings, risk education, and provision of victim assistance;
- Support a strong international legal regimen that prohibits the production, use or transfer of all cluster munitions