The 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions is the most significant disarmament and humanitarian treaty negotiated in more than a decade. By 24 March this year, 108 countries had signed it, including Australia, and fifty-five nations had ratified it, indicating their intent to be legally bound by the Convention’s provisions. Australia is in the process of enacting legislation that will enable ratification of the Convention. The legislation was passed by the House of Representatives in November and is currently in the Senate awaiting debate.
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