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Last Updated: 12 August 2014

Cluster Munition Ban Policy


Brunei Darussalam has not acceded to the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

Brunei has never made a public statement explaining its position on joining the Convention on Cluster Munitions.[1]

Brunei participated in several meetings of the Oslo Process that created the convention and joined in the consensus adoption of the convention in Dublin on 30 May 2008. Brunei did not, however, attend the Convention on Cluster Munitions Signing Conference in Oslo in December 2008.[2]

Brunei participated in the convention’s First Meeting of States Parties in Vientiane, Lao PDR in November 2010 as an observer. This remains Brunei’s first, and to date only, participation in a meeting on cluster munitions since 2008.

Brunei voted in favor of a UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on 15 May 2013 that strongly condemned “the use by the Syrian authorities of...cluster munitions.”[3]

Brunei is party to the Mine Ban Treaty. It is not party to the Convention on Conventional Weapons.

Use, production, transfer, and stockpiling

Brunei is not known to have used, produced, or transferred cluster munitions. In 2010, a government representative said that Brunei does not possess a stockpile of cluster munitions.[4]


[1] In November 2010, a government representative said that Brunei was reviewing the convention. Interview with Sahrun Haji Hashim, Senior Legal Officer, Legal Unit, Ministry of Defense, in Vientiane, 10 November 2010; and CMC meeting with Sahrun Haji Hashim, Ministry of Defense, in Vientiane, 10 November 2010.

[2] For details on Brunei’s policy and practice regarding cluster munitions through early 2010, see ICBL, Cluster Munition Monitor 2010 (Ottawa: Mines Action Canada, October 2010), p. 201.

[3]The situation in the Syrian Arab Republic,” UNGA Resolution A/67/L.63, 15 May 2013.

[4] Interview with Sahrun Haji Hashim, Ministry of Defense, in Vientiane, 10 November 2010.