Lest We Forget

Bomblets and Submunitions

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Photographed by Gervasio Sanchez: Ortega and Gasset Prize winning photo - Sofia Elface Fumo, a landmine victim, sleeping with her daughter Alia. | Photo: Gervasio Sanchez | Link | Gervasio Sanchez, Landmine, Child, War, Violence, Victim, Photographer, Baby,

Human Rights Watch: What we uncovered is deeply disturbing

Dear AND Magazine reader,

I'm Mary Wareham, and I've been working in the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch for over 17 years.

With the future support of people like you, our team of researchers can continue to dedicate each day to investigating the use of weapons that severely threaten civilians across the globe--I'm talking about horrific weapons like landmines and cluster bombs.

What our work has uncovered is deeply disturbing, and we need you to join us, now more than ever.

Each year, landmines, cluster munitions, and explosive remnants of war continue to injure or claim the lives of thousands of civilians worldwide--a farmer plowing his rice field, a little girl on her way to school, a desperate refugee crossing the border for a new beginning.

The use of cluster bombs or munitions--large weapons containing multiple "bomblets" or "submunitions" that indiscriminately kill or maim people--has been on the rise with new use exposed by Human Rights Watch in Libya, Sudan, Syria, and Ukraine in 2015.

But it's not enough to just expose these horrific abuses. Join us by committing to a monthly gift as we continue to protect civilians by ending the use of these brutal weapons.

Become a Human Rights Watch Protector today, and your small monthly donation will help sustain this vital work over time.

Human Rights Watch is proud to be a global leader in the charge to ban the use of weapons that disproportionately affect civilians around the world. We founded the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for helping to establish the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. We also played a central role in the adoption of the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions, laying the groundwork to rid the world of these terrible weapons once and for all.

But our work is far from over.

Our ongoing advocacy to convince governments to sign onto and respect these bans takes an enormous amount of time and resources. Once treaties are signed, it takes sustained effort to ensure all countries obey the rules and take concrete steps to protect civilians in a meaningful way.

That's why your sustained monthly support is so important to us.

Your monthly gift will help ensure Human Rights Watch has the resources needed over the long haul to keep pressure on policy makers and heads of state--and to keep our researchers working to ensure that international treaties genuinely protect people's lives.

So please, support Human Rights Watch as we work to protect human dignity and rights around the world. Become a Human Rights Watch Protector today with your monthly donation.

Mary Wareham
Mary Wareham

Mary Wareham is advocacy director of the Arms Division, where she leads Human Rights Watch?s advocacy against particularly problematic weapons that pose a significant threat to civilians. She is also serving as the global coordinator of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. | Photo: Stop Killer Robots | Link |
Mary Wareham
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