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Cluster Munitions

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs), Liberal Democrat Chief Whip, Liberal Democrat Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12 January 2017 to Question 58517, whether providing equipment to facilitate the use of cluster munitions is a violation of (a) the Convention on Cluster Munitions and (b) international humanitarian law.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

​The use of cluster munitions is not unlawful under international law provided that they are not used in contravention of international humanitarian law, or contrary to a treaty obligation. As a State Party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, the UK does not “Assist, encourage or induce anyone to engage in any activity prohibited to a State Party” under the Convention.

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