As some of you may or may not be aware there is a major conferance taking place at the moment in Dublin on Cluster Munitions.
82 countries are negotiating the cluster munition treaty in Dublin from 19-30 May 2008. Here they will agree to the final terms and language of the treaty, which will then be opened to signature before the end of 2008 with a signing ceremony in Oslo, Norway (where the process began). In short, the ban will be laid.
The cluster munition treaty will be the most significant disarmament treaty of the decade, since the achievement of the 1997 treaty banning antipersonnel landmines.
On Sunday there will be a protest to Ban Cluster Bombs followed by a free gig at The Academy.
The march kicks off at Parnell Sq at 12 noon and the gig takes place from 2pm - 6pm.
If you have nothing better to do on Sunday, want to be part of something good and historic, then why not jump on the bus to Dublin for the day.
From Derry - You can either catch the 6.15am (I know very early on a Sunday, but fuck it's only one day) or the 8.15am. The bus takes 4 hours. Return Ticket is £20 (might be a discount for students)
Parnell Sq is a 10 minute walk from the bus station, http://maps.google.com/
And there are bus's back to Derry at 19.45, 21.45 and 23.00
The Aircoach Bus From Jurys Inn is £15 return, there is a bus at 8.30 and 9.30 which will get you there in time for march - journey around 21/2hours.
Return from O Connell street.
The line up for for the gig is
Jinx Lennon - www.myspace.com/wwwmyspacecomjinxlennon
The Mighty Stef - www.myspace.com/themightystefband
The Shannon Colleens - www.myspace.com/theshannoncolleens
Scream Blue Murmur (Formerly The Belfast Poets Touring Group) www.myspace.com/screambluemurmur
Seven Deadly Skins - www.myspace.com/sevendeadlyskins
Aortal - www.myspace.com/aortal
Cluster Munitions (Bombs)
What are cluster bombs?
Cluster bombs are weapons deployed from the air by aircraft including fighters, bombers and helicopters. The weapon opens in mid-air scattering dozens or hundreds of smaller bomblets over an area the size of two or three football pitches. Cluster bombs can also be deployed shot out of artillery rockets, and missile systems on the ground.
What’s the problem with this weapon?
Their widespread deployment means they cannot distinguish between military targets and civilians so the humanitarian impact can be extreme when the weapon is used in or near populated areas.
Many bomblets fail to detonate on impact and become de facto antipersonnel mines killing and maiming people long after the conflict has ended. These duds are more lethal than antipersonnel mines; incidents involving submunition duds are much more likely to cause death than injury.
What is the campaign to ban cluster munitions?
The Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) is a global network of over 250 civil society organisations working in 70 countries to end the harm caused by cluster bombs. Founding members include Human Rights Watch and other leaders from the Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines which secured the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. Launched November 2003, the CMC is campaigning for the diplomatic Oslo Process to result in a strong international treaty prohibiting cluster munitions. http://www.stopclustermunitions.org/
Who has used cluster bombs?
At least 14 countries have used cluster munitions: Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Israel, Morocco, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia (USSR), Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tajikistan, UK, US, and FR Yugoslavia. A small number of non-state armed groups have used the weapon (such as Hezbollah in Lebanon in 2006). Billions of submunitions are stockpiled by some 75 countries. A total of 34 states are known to have produced over 210 different types of cluster bomb. At least 24 countries have been affected by the use of cluster bombs including Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Chad, Croatia, DR Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Uganda, and Vietnam.
Why is a ban on cluster bombs necessary?
Cluster bombs kill and injure too many civilians. The weapon caused more
civilian casualties in Iraq in 2003 and Kosovo in 1999 than any other weapon system. Cluster bombs stand out as the weapon that poses the gravest dangers to civilians since antipersonnel mines, which were banned in 1997. Yet there is currently no provision in international law to specifically address problems caused by cluster bombs. Israel’s massive use of the weapon in Lebanon in August 2006 resulted in more than 200 civilian casualties in the year following the ceasefire and served as the catalyst that has propelled governments to attempt to secure a legally-binding international instrument tackling cluster munitions in 2008.
What is the Oslo Process?
In February 2007, forty-six governments met in Oslo to endorse a call by Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre to conclude a new legally binding instrument in 2008 that prohibits the use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster munitions that cause unacceptable harm and provides adequate resources to assist survivors and clear contaminated areas. Two subsequent Oslo Process meetings in Peru (May 2007) and Austria (December2007) have increased the number of countries endorsing the Oslo Process treaty objective to more than 90 by the end of 2007. At the Wellington Conference on Cluster Munitions, the last set of negotiations from 18th-22nd February, 82 nations signed up to ‘The Wellington Declaration’, thus formally committing them to construct the ban in Dublin in May.
According to the news, the British Government's position is that they are in favour of a ban but want an exemption so that they can "use up" existing stocks!
You couldn't make it up.
in terms of transport, it's much better to get the ulsterbus/bus eireann service from Europa - it goes on the hour, every hour and leaves you off at Busaras. You don't need to change buses like on the aircoach, which is much handier when it comes to getting back home to Belfast. Also, the bus runs every hour, 24 hours a day, whereas I think the aircoach stops during the night.
[quote:9a50a83993="Recycled Alien"]According to the news, the British Government's position is that they are in favour of a ban but want an exemption so that they can "use up" existing stocks!
You couldn't make it up.[/quote:9a50a83993]
have they met some of the people that have been affected by these bombs? Over the last few days I have met some very brave people who are missing limbs, have been blinded, scarred, or lost family, you name it, and it's shocking.
All bombs are dirty but these wee fuckers are at the top of the list. They look so appealing, the size of a mini can of pop for kids to pick off a tree or off the ground.
[quote:ab4bbd8ad9="Recycled Alien"]According to the news, the British Government's position is that they are in favour of a ban but want an exemption so that they can "use up" existing stocks!
You couldn't make it up.[/quote:ab4bbd8ad9]
cheers nice one :-)
cheers nice one :-)[/quote]
completely offtopic, but I like how when you scroll the webpage it looks like the hands are moving...
slightly more ontopic: I think I'll be at this and driving home afterwards if anyone wants a lift home to Belfast/Carrick area. PM me if you're interested and I'll be able to confirm it later.
this sunday, and the weather aint to bad down here either