Last Updated: 30 July 2012

Cluster Munition Ban Policy

The Republic of Somalia signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions on 3 December 2008.

In September 2011, Somalia stated that its ratification of the ban convention “is now in the custody of the Council of Ministers of the Somalia Transitional Federal Government to be discussed, approved and presented to the Transitional Federal Parliament of Somalia to ratify.”[1]

Somalia attended one meeting of the Oslo Process that produced the convention (Vienna in December 2007).[2] Somalia did not participate in any international or regional meetings in 2009 or 2010. Somalia attended the convention’s Second Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Beirut, Lebanon in September 2011, where it provided an update on ratification.

Somalia acceded to the Mine Ban Treaty on 16 April 2012.

Somalia is not a party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons.

Use, production, transfer, and stockpiling

Somalia is not known to have used, produced, transferred, or stockpiled cluster munitions.


[1] Statement by Somalia, Convention on Cluster Munitions Second Meeting of States Parties, Beirut, 14 September 2011,

[2] For details on Somalia’s policy and practice regarding cluster munitions through early 2009, see Human Rights Watch and Landmine Action, Banning Cluster Munitions: Government Policy and Practice (Ottawa: Mines Action Canada, May 2009), p. 153.