“I'm Mina Zunac from Croatia, as a cluster munition survivor and Ban Advocate; I just want to add that article 11 of this draft protocol does not give the guarantee to victims, their families and affected communities that it will improve their daily life. Only the CCM clearly obliges to give victims the support they need.”
My interview for the CMC’s CCW News
What would you like to say to states that are in favor of draft Protocol VI?
“They are wasting their time and money on a process that is not serving its purpose of protecting civilians from the indiscriminate effects of weapons. Civilians account for the vast majority of cluster munition casualties, so how can a protocol that allows for the use of cluster munitions protect civilians? If states want to endorse a weapon that essentially targets civilians, then they should approve of Protocol VI. However, if states are genuinely concerned about the humanitarian harm caused by cluster munitions, they should comply with the standards set by the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
As a victim of cluster munitions, I must say that the United States, China and Russia, along with other states that support Protocol VI in its current form, ignore the strong consensus about cluster munitions that lies outside the CCW process. Through the Convention on Cluster Munitions, over 100 states – more than half the world’s nations – have already declared that all cluster munitions cause unacceptable civilian harm and should be banned.”