Sian Glaessner | 14.08.2003 10:28 | London
KIDS AGAINST CLUSTERS ACTION WITH ANTI- CLUSTER BOMB BALLOONS!
Meet in Parliament Square at 12 noon for photocall, activities (see below)
and walk to Downing Street. All welcome (including adults!)
Organised by Voices UK and Children Against the War.
Since the end of the war over 1000 children have been injured by weapons
such as cluster bombs dropped by the US/UK, or by the thousands of tonnes of
munitions stockpiled and abandoned by Iraqi forces in public buildings and
residential areas (UNICEF press release, 17 July 2003). According to UNICEF'
s representative in Iraq, Carol de Rooy, the US and Britain 'have a clear
obligation under international law to remove these dangers from communities.
' Oxfam believes that 'cluster bombs . can by their very nature only be
indiscriminate' and that their use is therefore illegal (Oxfam press
release, 20 March 2003).
PLEASE JOIN Voices UK and Children Against the War on the 17th to demand:
- an immediate ban on the use of cluster bombs and other indiscriminate
- that the US/UK fulfil their obligations under international law and use
all the resources at their disposal to clear up the cluster bombs and other
unexploded ordnance currently littering Iraq.
ACTIVITIES TO INCLUDE:
- giant (cardboard) cluster bomb
- balloon release
- hand paints
- street theatre
- letter hand-in at Downing Street
If you can't make this action on the 17th but would like to organise a
similar one in your local area a free Cluster Bomb Action Pack (with sample leaflet,
press release and media guide) is available from the Voices UK office.
For more information please contact Voices UK on 0845 458 2564 (local rate
call) or visit the Voices UK web-site: www.voicesuk.org