November 16, 2023

2023 Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects (CCW)

The Holy See is concerned about the use of explosive weapons, especially in populated areas, which are increasingly becoming less and less “conventional” and more and more “weapons of mass destruction”, while causing displacement and wreaking havoc on towns, schools, hospitals, places of worship and infrastructures that are vital to the civilian population. The dramatic reality on the ground documents the devastating impact of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

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