Cluster Munition Monitor 2012 – Victim Assistance

Posted on September 6, 2012

Victim assistance - Cluster Munition Monitor

© September 2012 by Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor
Cover photograph © Kassim Ghossein/Norwegian People’s Aid Lebanon,
Cover design by Rafael Jiménez

Cluster Munition Monitor 2012 was launched in advance of the Convention on Cluster Munitions’ Third Meeting of States Parties, in Oslo, 11 September 2012.

The Monitor found that in the two years since the convention entered into force on 1 August 2010, States Parties have reported making more efforts than ever before to improve the lives of cluster munition victims.

All States Parties with cluster munition victims continued to provide some form of victim assistance services despite reliance on international funding and the poor global economic outlook.

However, few significant or readily measurable improvements in the accessibility of services were recorded.

Most States Parties have taken steps to improve casualty data collection and/or needs assessments to compile the information necessary to assist cluster munition victims, while non-signatory countries in 2011 made little or no progress in assessing the needs of cluster munition victims.

Several States Parties had to cut back victim assistance services due to a decline in international funding, including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Lebanon.

Afghanistan, Iraq, Laos, Lebanon, Cambodia, and Vietnam are considered to be the “worst affected” countries with significant numbers of cluster munition victims

Three-quarters of all cluster munition casualties have been recorded in States Parties  and signatories to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
Countries with cluster munition victims that have not joined the convention generally achieved less progress and faced greater challenges in providing victim assistance.

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