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Headlines (last 30 days)
- DFID: More than five million Afghans will receive emergency life-saving UK aid. 17 Jun 2019
- UNICEF: Afghanistan sees three-fold increase in attacks on schools in one year – UNICEF. 28 May 2019
- UN News: About 600,000 Afghan children face death from malnutrition without emergency funds. 24 May 2019
- IOM: A third of Afghans have migrated or been displaced since 2012: IOM. 21 May 2019
Most read reports
- OCHA: Afghanistan: Snapshot of Population Movements (Jan to May 2019)(As of 17 June 2019). 18 Jun 2019
- UN GA: The situation in Afghanistan and its implications for international peace and security - Report of the Secretary General (A/73/902–S/2019/493). 18 Jun 2019
- DFID: Over five million Afghans to receive emergency life-saving UK aid. 17 Jun 2019
- USAID: Catalyzing Afghan Agricultural Innovation, May 2018 - May 2023. 17 Jun 2019
- ACLED: ACLED Regional Overview – Asia (18 June 2019). 18 Jun 2019
Over the five-year period since 2011, international support to mine action peaked in 2012 at $498.9 million, followed by a sharp decline in the next years all the way down to $352 million in 2015.
The top ten donors to mine action between 2011-2015 were: the United States, Japan, the European Union, Norway, Germany, Australia, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Sweden.
In 2014, there were 1,038 child casualties in 33 states and one other area from landmines, victim-activated improvised explosive devices (IEDs), cluster munition remnants, and other explosive remnants of war (ERW)—henceforth mines/ERW. Of this total, 319 children were killed and 716 were injured.
Recognizing record high and increasing levels of global displacement and ongoing impact of landmines and cluster munitions, today the Landmine Monitor and Cluster Munition Monitor Casualties and Victim Assistance team is publishing Landmines/ERW, Refugees and Displacement, a timely new briefing paper that expands upon and updates developments since the last Monitor report on these important topics in 2013 “Landmines and Refugees: The Risks and the Responsibilities to Protect and Assist Victims.”
Sharp drop in landmine casualties; but international funding for remaining mine clearance declines
(Washington DC, USA, 3 December 2014): Fewer people were killed and injured by landmines in 2013 than in any previous year, and nearly all use and production of the weapon has ceased, said the latest annual report of the Nobel Prize-winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Landmine Monitor 2014 was released on the seventeenth anniversary of the signing of the Mine Ban Treaty.
Marking Universal Children's Day, 20 November, the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor Victim Assistance Team releases a fact sheet on ‘The Impact of Mines/ERW on Children’.
The factsheet, The Impact of Mines/ERW on Children, produced annually since 2009, provides an update on casualty data and assistance to child survivors in 2013.
Dramatic drop in landmine casualties, lives saved as clearance and funding reach new peaks; yet antipersonnel mine use by Yemen and a small number of states and armed groups must be urgently addressed
(Geneva, 28 November 2013): Records were set in 2012 for the lowest number of new reported casualties, largest amount of landmine-contaminated land cleared, and highest level of global funding for mine action, according to Landmine Monitor 2013, the latest annual report of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, released today in Geneva.
(3 June 2013) The Mine Ban Treaty Intersessional Standing Committee (ISC) Meetings that took place last week opened with disturbing news of credible reports which, if confirmed, would constitute the most serious violation the treaty has ever confronted: extensive use of antipersonnel mines by government forces in Yemen, as reported by ICBL member HRW, and Foreign Policy Magazine.
The number of reported new landmine and unexploded ordnance casualties has reduced dramatically since the banning of landmines was agreed, say UK anti-landmine campaigners today on the 15th anniversary of the treaty to outlaw the weapons.
Landmine use by governments at low point, mine clearance funding at record level; assistance to landmine survivors still a challenge
Geneva, 29 November 2012: Only one government - Syria - has used antipersonnel landmines in 2012, matching the lowest point since the signing of the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, according to Landmine Monitor 2012. Four governments used antipersonnel mines in 2011 (Israel, Libya, Myanmar, and Syria).
Landmine survivors worldwide join Ban Ki-moon, celebrities and Nobel Peace Prizewinning movement to launch inspirational anti-landmine campaign
(Geneva, 1 March 2012): On the 13th anniversary of the global landmine ban becoming law, the world is coming together again to urge governments to put a full stop, within our lifetime, to the devastating harm mines still cause.
Click here to see the awesome Lend Your Leg 2012 video in 10 different languages on YouTube and please share!
Afghanistan (9-12 May 2011): ICBL staff member Firoz Alizada conducted an advocacy mission in Kabul in cooperation with the Afghan Landmine Survivors' Association (ALSO) that involved eight meetings with government officials, parliamentarians, NGOs, human rights institutions and mine action stakeholders.
Did You Say "Synergies"?
In this special issue of the ICBL newsletter, mine action experts, victim assistance practitioners and campaigners explore the new opportunities offered by the Convention on Cluster Munitions and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. They also look at how the lessons learned in over 10 years of implementation of the Mine Ban Treaty, as well as all the structures and expertise already in place, could benefit the full and swift implementation of these younger conventions.
- A total of 5,197 new casualties from
mines, explosive remnants of war (ERW) and victim-activated improvised
explosive devices (IEDs) were recorded in 75 countries and other areas
in 2008. This included 1,266 people killed and 3,891 injured; the status
of the remaining 40 casualties is unknown.
- Males (boys and men) comprised 91% of all casualties where gender details were known, while females (girls and women) accounted for 9%.
- In 2008, civilians accounted for nearly two-thirds (61%) of recorded casualties.
The Mine Ban Treaty has turned the vision of a mine-free world into a reality we can achieve in our lifetime. In an unprecedented fashion, it provided a comprehensive solution to a dire humanitarian problem, by prohibiting further use of antipersonnel landmines, requiring destruction of stocks, requiring mines to be cleared from the ground, and providing assistance to victims. It gave birth to a new kind of diplomacy wherein humanitarian issues are addressed effectively through the partnership of like-minded states, civil society, the United Nations and the ICRC.
Come, Share, Commit and Care
When we started the campaign, it was common to hear that mine clearance would take centuries, that victim assistance was too broad an issue to be tackled effectively, that stockpile destruction would cost too much. A decade of Mine Ban Treaty implementation proved this was wrong. A mine-free world in our life time is a Mission Possible. But we are still far from it.
Regional workshop on landmines opens on 7 July in Dushanbe
Dushanbe, 7 July 2009 -- Central Asian states should join the vast majority of the world in renouncing antipersonnel landmines once and for all, said the 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) today, at the opening of the Dushanbe Workshop on Achieving a Mine-Free Central Asia.
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan have yet to join the Mine Ban Treaty.
The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) today condemned the recent kidnapping of a group of Afghan deminers and called for the immediate release of the six men still being held captive.
Thirteen men working for the Afghan demining organization MDC (an ICBL member) - including 11 deminers and two drivers - were abducted by unidentified forces on 19 August in Gardez province. Seven of them have been since released, but the fate of the remaining six remains unknown.
"Deminers put their lives at risk every day to ensure the safety of their communities.