Sierra Leone has been urged to sign the cluster bomb ban in Oslo in Norway.
Campaigners in Sierra Leone need to collect 1,500 signatures from members of the public so as to demonstrate public support for the treaty; and to send a strong message to our government that signing the treaty in Oslo is the best option.
If Sierra Leone signs the treaty, being one of the nine affected cluster munitions countries in Africa, the country stands to benefit immensely from both financial and technical support to victims; whilst the clearance of land which has been contaminated as a result of cluster munitions would also be boosted.
Activities in Sierra Leone are part of a series of international events taking place on what has been declared a global week of action to ban cluster bombs.
In sixty (60) countries around the world, campaigners are delivering a clear message to governments to put pen on paper and start saving lives, by joining the most significant disarmament and humanitarian treaty of the decade.
Other prominent activities around the world include: ‘Lie down protests in Germany, Japan and Kenya; a concert in Laos for over 1000 people; and the launch of a world wide munition across the internet to rally public support for the ban. According to Abubakarr Sheriff, Sierra Leone’s Focal Campaigner for the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) “by joining more than a hundred countries from across the globe in adopting the CCM, the government of Sierra Leone demonstrated a strong political will in ensuring the existence of a strong legally- binding framework to protect lives and enhance livelihoods, both during and after conflict”.
107 governments formally adopted the CCM in Dublin on 30th May 2008.