Target: South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni
Goal: End the use of cluster bombs in the conflict in South Sudan
The governments of South Sudan and Uganda should immediately look into claims of the use of cluster bombs, which are banned by the United Nations, in the conflict in South Sudan. Experts from the UN found remnants of cluster bombs in an area near the town of Bor, an area not previously known to contain cluster bombs fragments. Uganda has been providing the government of South Sudan with military assistance, and therefore must take responsibility in the investigation. South Sudan has gone through enough traumatic events in its bloody civil war, and should not have to face a long-term threat such as cluster bombs.
Cluster bombs kill once and then continue killing long after first impact. They can be fired by rockets, mortars and artillery or dropped from aircraft. They explode in the air and spread hundreds of sub munitions, called ‘bomblets’, across a wide stretch. Some of these ‘bomblets’ fail to explode on impact and essentially become landmines.
The governments of South Sudan and Uganda must do all they can to discontinue the use of these weapons for the duration of the conflict. If South Sudanese forces are responsible for the use, Uganda would be at risk of violating the Convention on Cluster Munitions because of its involvement with the South Sudanese military. The Convention on Cluster Munitions says that a state may not ‘under any circumstance… assist, encourage or induce anyone to engage in any activity prohibited to a state party under this convention.’ Sign this petition to bring an end to the use of such terrible weapons of destruction.
Dear Presidents Salva Kiir Mayardit and Yoweri Museveni,
Your governments must immediately investigate the reported use of cluster bombs in South Sudan, and make the results of the investigation public. In order to achieve a sense of impartiality, your governments’ investigation should include the advice and oversight of international experts by acting in coordination with the United Nations, Red Cross and others. By acting in cooperation with these groups, a fair and thorough investigation may take place.
I ask that you take action swiftly so that there will be no casualties due to the sub munitions that have been spread around Bor. By doing so, you will be adhering to the United Nations resolutions that you have signed on to become a party to. You will also be saving the lives of innocent civilians.
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