FEEDBACK – Handicap International at the First Review Conference of the Convention on Cluster Munitions | September 11, 2015
The 1st Review Conference to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) took place from 7th to 11th September in Dubrovnik. Five years after the First Meeting of States Parties to the CCM (Vientiane, Lao PDR, November 2010), it was an opportunity to evaluate the progress made by states so far to meet the lifesaving obligations […]
The 1st Review Conference to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) took place from 7th to 11th September in Dubrovnik. Five years after the First Meeting of States Parties to the CCM (Vientiane, Lao PDR, November 2010), it was an opportunity to evaluate the progress made by states so far to meet the lifesaving obligations of the Convention, as well as the political obligations they undertook in the Vientiane Action Plan.
Handicap International, as a founding member of Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) and a member of the Governance Board of ICBL-CMC, has been strongly involved in all conferences held in the framework of the CCM. Over the years, Handicap International has shown its specificity, facilitating the participation of both experts and victims and survivors of cluster munitions into the work of the conference. During the Dubrovnik conference, Handicap International was present to remind State Parties that cluster munitions keep on killing and maiming civilians; and to call on States to systematically condemn the use of these barbaric weapons in order to ensure the treaty continues to protect civilians in the future.
To improve understandings on social inclusion of survivors and other people with disabilities, Handicap International in partnership with the government of Croatia and the government of Germany organised a social event on the 9th of September, reflecting the long term engagement of HI worldwide in creating a society fully inclusive of survivors, their communities as well as other people with disabilities. The event gathered members of civil society, political representatives, local and national media.
The social side event, Night of Inclusion, featured an inspiring artistic performance by Croatian artists and a sitting volleyball match. Both performances mixed persons with disabilities and non-disabled people. Before the artistic performance, the audience was addressed by several high-level speakers: Mrs. Dijana Plešina, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Croatia, Mr. Ambassador Michael BIONTINO, Permanent Representative of Germany to the Conference on Disarmament, Manuel Patrouillard, Handicap International’s Managing Director, Firoz Alizada, Communication officer of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines-Cluster Munition Coalition (ICBL-CMC).
The event also displayed an exhibition “Barriere: Zonen” from the German journalist Till Mayer. This exhibition shows eleven persons with disabilities from different war and post-war regions in impressive pictures and short texts. Two survivors of accidents with cluster munition in Laos and two survivors of accidents with landmines in Uganda are included.