Stop cluster bombs transfer to Saudi Arabia

Stop cluster bombs transfer to Saudi Arabia: Sign Petition Foreign Policy magazine has reported that the Obama Administration has suspended US transfers of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia following concerns over civilian harm from their use in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been conducting a military campaign since March 2015. A senior U.S. official acknowledged reports that the Saudi-led coalition used cluster bombs “in areas in which civilians are alleged to have been present or in the vicinity.” Under U.S. law, countries that receive cluster bombs from the U.S. must agree that cluster munitions “will only be used against clearly defined military targets and will not be used where civilians are known to be present or in areas normally inhabited by civilians.” Reps. John Conyers, Keith Ellison, Raul Grijalva, and Jim McGovern had introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act which would have permanently banned the transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia. The House Rules Committee did not allow this amendment to be considered by the full House. But Members of Congress will soon have other opportunities to make the ban permanent, and can now move to do so with a new argument: that they are simply enacting the President’s stated policy into law. Urge Congress to make the President’s ban on transferring cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia permanent by signing our petition.