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(Phnom Penh, Friday 2 December 2011): A global conference on the worldwide landmine ban has concluded, with states announcing both promising progress and worrying setbacks in their efforts to eradicate landmines.
“In 1997 we won a treaty. But only when all people in mine affected areas can live in dignity, when no more mines threaten their lives, when no one produces or lays new mines, have we truly won,” said Song Kosal, Cambodian landmine survivor and Youth Ambassador of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL).
Burkina Faso, Burundi, Malawi, Niger, Sierra Leone, and Zambia have signed and ratified the CCM. African states made up 20% of the first 30 ratifications to trigger the entry into force of the CCM.
Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Libya, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe have yet to sign the CCM.
Mauritania, Morocco, Seychelles, Sudan, and Swaziland adopted the CCM at the end of negotiations in Dublin, but have not yet signed.
- 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.
Une conférence régionale sur le sujet s'ouvre aujourd'hui à Pretoria
Pretoria, le 9 septembre 2009 -- Les membres de l'Union Africaine doivent redoubler d'efforts pour éliminer les mines terrestres sur tout le continent et pour assurer le respect des droits des survivants d'explosions de mines, a affirmé aujourd'hui la Campagne internationale pour interdire les mines (ICBL), lauréate du prix Nobel de la paix en 1997. Une conférence régionale sur le sujet se déroulera du 9 au 11 septembre à Pretoria.
Regional meeting on landmines opens today in Pretoria
Pretoria, 9 September 2009 -- African Union members must step up their efforts towards ridding the continent of landmines and fully respecting the rights of landmine survivors, said the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate, today at the opening of a regional meeting on the issue.
(Livingstone, Zambia, 1 April 2008) At the conclusion of the first ever meeting of African countries on cluster bombs, 38 out of 39 countries attending the meeting endorsed a strong political "Livingstone Declaration", committing them to negotiating a global ban on the weapons in Dublin next month.
Belgrade, 4 October 2007 - Cluster bomb survivors gathered in Serbia this week to ensure their rights were at the heart of international efforts to ban the weapon by 2008.
Twenty-two of the 26 affected states participated in the Belgrade Conference of States Affected by Cluster Munitions, the latest development in the Oslo Process for a new treaty banning these weapons, which has gathered the support of 82 countries in just seven months.
Eritrea, Friday 24 June 2005 - Mine clearance has now stopped in Eritrea, one of Africa's worst mine-affected nations, because the government seized in April 40 vehicles that had been in use by the national mine-action agency as part of a UN demining assistance program. The government also has announced a significant downsizing of an international program, in place since 2002, that provided technical expertise in combating the country's massive landmine problem.
About Landmine Update
The Landmine Update is the International Campaign to Ban Landmines quarterly newsletter. This edition is complemented by a calendar of upcoming events. To date, 145 countries have signed the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, and 128 have ratified it. The most recent accessions are Comoros (19 September), Afghanistan (11 September), Democratic Republic of Congo (2 May) while recent ratifications include Cameroon (19 September), Angola (5 July) and Suriname (23 May).
World Embraces Ban Five Years After Treaty
Covering April - August 2001
The Landmine Update is the International Campaign to Ban Landmines' quarterly newsletter. This edition is followed by a calendar of upcoming events and list of available new resources. To date, 141 countries have signed the Mine Ban Treaty, and 120 have ratified it. The most recent accessions are Eritrea (27 August) and Congo Brazzaville (4 May) while recent ratifications include Chile (10 September), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (1 August), Uruguay (7 June), Guinea Bissau (22 May), Cape Verde (14 May), Malta (7 May) and Sierra Leone (25 April).
(Bamako, Mali: 14 February 2001) The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) today called on all countries of Africa to join, implement and comply with the international treaty banning antipersonnel mines (the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty) at the opening of a two-day regional governmental meeting on landmines in Bamako, Mali.
On the eve of the National Summit on Africa in Washington DC, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) called on all African governments to accede to or ratify the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty and to implement it fully by assisting victims of landmines, removing mines already laid, destroying stockpiled mines, and never again using, producing or exporting this insidious weapon. Africa, the most heavily mined continent in the world, knows all too well the devastation wrought by this weapon long after conflicts cease.
(Geneva: 13 September 1999) As key mine action experts of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) come to Geneva to participate in a series of government-sponsored meetings on mine clearance and mine victim assistance, ICBL's leadership condemned Russia's recent use of antipersonnel mines in Dagestan, as well as recent unconfirmed allegations of use in the conflicts between Eritrea and Ethiopia, and between Pakistan and India.