Cluster munitions often contain hundreds of smaller explosives, or submunitions, which can cover an area the size of several football pitches. The many submunitions that fail to explode and are left lying around pose the same hazard as landmines. Cluster munitions cause countless innocent victims, often many years after conflict has ceased. Nearly all cluster munitions victims are civilians.
As co-founder of the international Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) PAX has been campaigning for a world free of these horrific weapons for many years. Our lobbying and campaigning contributed to the creation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) in 2008. To this end we worked with states, (international) organizations in the CMC, and cluster munitions survivors. Today we monitor the strict compliance with the treaty, alongside our global campaign to outlaw investment in companies producing these weapons.
PAX's actvivities to ban cluster munitions fall under the topic Humanitarian disarmament. Other programmes within the same topic include:
Peace organisation PAX is one of the leading organisations in the national and international Stop Explosive Investment campaign. PAX and the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) aim to stop investment in cluster munitions producers and call on financial institutions to put an end to these investments. We also call on states to install national legislation prohibiting investment in companies that produce cluster munitions.
PAX works to increase transparency and regulation of the use of armed drones (unmanned aerial vehicles).
PAX works to ban cluster munitions throughout the world. Our aim to ensure strict compliance with the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM).
The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) has been working to achieve a world without Landmines for over 20 years. As an active member, PAX takes part in this campaign to make sure landmines are eradicated for good. We encourage countries to commit themselves to the Mine Ban Treaty (MBT). We encourage states that are already members to strictly implement the treaty
Nuclear weapons are the only weapons of mass destruction that have not yet been prohibited by international treaty. This is unacceptable and extremely dangerous. Therefore PAX is working to ban nuclear weapons on an international level as well as in The Netherlands. We do this through public campaigning, political lobbying and publications, including the annual Don't Bank on the Bomb global study on investments in nuclear weapons producers.
PAX works to prohibit the use of weapons containing depleted uranium.
PAX calls for immediate action to prevent civilian suffering from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas (EWIPA). PAX is co-founder and member of the steering committee of the International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW).
PAX is co-founder and Dutch coordinator of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. This campaign aims to establish a ban on the development, production and deployment of fully autonomous weapons via research, political lobbying and public campaigns.
The arms trade can fuel ongoing conflicts and lead to serious human rights violations by repressive regimes and armed groups. Peace organisation PAX works towards stricter and more effective Dutch and international arms transfer controls. Since 2003 it has been an active member of the Control Arms Coalition committed to work towards a strong UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).