This week, heated debate is taking place in Canada over a controversial clause in proposed legislation to ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Canada was one of the first countries to sign the international ban in 2008, but it has yet to ratify the Convention, which prohibits the use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster munitions. Debate centers on Section 11 of Bill C-6, which could allow the Canadian military to use or direct the use of cluster munitions in joint operations with countries that have not signed the Convention. More info from the CBC here.
Weapons Cache Found in Cambodia
“A cache of 130 AK-47 rifles, ammunition and two unexploded rockets have been found by a group of children in the Oral mountain range, Kampong Chhnang police officials said yesterday… The rifles were buried in a shallow hole and police are guarding the area while provincial police and the Cambodian Mine Action Centre decide how to proceed, he said. There are fears there may be unexploded mines in the area.” – Via the Phnom Penh Post
American Musician Keith Kenny Performs Benefit Concert in Laos
New Jersey native singer, songwriter and guitarist Keith Kenny was chosen to headline the “We Are Kind” benefit concert to raise money for UXO accident victims in Vientiane. Catch the video with Lao UXO accident survivors break dancing to Kenny’s song, “Limit is the Sky.” More on Kenny and his US Big Red Suitcase Tour here.