A Just Foreign Policy Initiative
Urge Dick Durbin to introduce an amendment to the NDAA barring the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia.
I'm going to visit the Chicago office of Senator Dick Durbin tomorrow. Here's what I want to take with me: your signature on our petition urging Dick Durbin to lead the fight in the Senate against sending cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia.
Since cluster bombs release many small bomblets over a wide area, they pose heightened risks to civilians both during attacks and afterwards. During attacks, the weapons are prone to indiscriminate effects, especially in populated areas. Unexploded bomblets can kill or maim civilians long after a conflict has ended, and are costly to locate and remove. That's why more than a hundred nations have joined the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions, which prohibits all use, production, transfer and stockpiling of these weapons.
Saudi Arabia has used cluster bombs in its war in Yemen, according to Human Rights Watch. HRW documented the remnants of a CBU-105 Sensor Fuzed Weapon, a cluster bomb manufactured by Textron Systems Corporation in the US and supplied to Saudi Arabia. Although the US is not yet a member of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, US law bars the sale of these weapons to countries that use them in civilian areas. But according to Human Rights Watch,Saudi Arabia did use these weapons in a civilian area.
Urge Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, the Assistant Minority Leader, to advocate for a ban on sending these weapons to Saudi Arabia, including in the National Defense Authorization Act, by signing our petition at MoveOn.
Thanks for all you do to help make U.S. foreign policy more just,
Just Foreign Policy
On May 27 Foreign Policy reported that the White House has suspended cluster bomb delivery to Saudi Arabia out of concern for their use in Yemen.
A small but important victory. Thanks to all who took action. Keep it up.