Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Feingold Sponsors Cluster Munitions Act

I am pleased to report Senator Russ Feingold (WI) is now a co-sponsor of the Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act (S.594), joining fellow Senators Dianne Feinstein (CA), Patrick Leahy (VT), Bernie Sanders (VT) and Barbara Mikulski (MD).

EPIC has teamed with the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC) in support of this bill, which would prohibit the use of U.S.-made cluster bombs in civilian areas. The United Nations reported at least 100,000 unexploded cluster bombs in south Lebanon last September, and these deadly weapons litter the landscape in highly populated towns and villages of Iraq as well. Too frequently, the victims of these bombs are innocent children such as Saleh Khalaf.

We applaud Sen. Feingold for stepping up as a peacebuilder in the Senate, and encourage you to take action as well. Learn more about cluster bombs and ask your Senators to co-sponsor the Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act (S.594) limiting the use, sale and transfer of these weapons to protect civilian lives.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great work EPIC!

Emily Stivers said...

Thanks!

:)
Emily

T said...

Yeah, good job.

And is this the first step towards the reduction of other forms of violence caused by the U.S.'s presence?

Emily Stivers said...

t: this particular act relates to weapons the U.S. sells internationally, particularly to Israel. We need to condition sale of these bombs on where they are placed - e.g. not in civilian and/or populated areas. Check out the links in the original entry for more information.

We do consider this an important step towards reducing civilian casualties at U.S. hands.

 
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