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Yemen: Saudis Using US Cluster Munitions

End Production, Transfer of These Banned Weapons

Friday 06 May 2016

(Washington, DC, May XX, 2016) –  Saudi Arabia has used US-made cluster munitions near civilian areas in Yemen, leaving behind unexploded sub munitions, Human Rights Watch said today. The United States should cease its production and transfer of cluster munitions to conform with the widely accepted international ban on the weapons.

US export rules that rely on weapon reliability standards have not prevented the sale of cluster munitions to Saudi Arabia, putting civilians at long-term risk, Human Rights Watch said. Cluster munitions are prohibited by a 2008 treaty signed by 119 countries, though not Saudi Arabia, Yemen, or the United States.

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