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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.
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.
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Recent weather incidents highlight the danger caused by displaced antipersonnel mines
In early August 2010, North Korean landmines drifted along streams between North and South Korea due to heavy rain-fall, causing the death of one man and injuring another after they picked up a mine on their way back from fishing.
Geneva, 20 May 2009 - The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) denounces recent use of antipersonnel landmines by the Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan) in Pakistan's Swat Valley.
An International People's Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Kashmir, which held hearings in Indian Administered Kashmir in 2008 and early 2009, has issued a Memorandum on its findings to Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
The Tribunal was concerned with events since 2003 when the most recent Indo-Pakistani ceasefire was concluded.
Among other considerations which the Tribunal put forward , it noted that: "the placement of landmines along the border and other sensitive areas in Jammu and Kashmir continues to endanger lives, including those of children.
On 16 October 2007, the United Jihad Council (UJC), which includes 13 armed Kashmiri groups (five other non-Kashmiri groups have 'observer' status, and UJC directives are binding upon them) publicly declared a total ban on antipersonnel mines. The UCJ simultaneously pledged to respect the prohibitions of the four Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocol I.
Monday 18 December 2006: Landmine Monitor Report research coordinator on Non-State Armed Groups, Yeshua Moser- Puangsuwan who recently travelled to Kashmir, describes here the impact of landmines on the lives of civilians in the Kashmiri village of Warsun, on the Indian side of the Line of Control.
Gulzar Khan is a double amputee who lost his legs while taking his livestock for grazing in the lightly forested slopes rising behind his home in Warsun village. Four people in total from Warsun village have been injured by the mines laid here in the early 1990s by the Indian Army.
About Landmine Update
The Landmine Update is the International Campaign to Ban Landmines quarterly newsletter. This edition is followed by a calendar of upcoming events (available online). To date, 130 countries have ratified the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, and an additional 16 have signed it. The most recent accessions are Afghanistan (11 September), Comoros (19 September) and Central African Republic (8 November), while recent ratifications include Cameroon (19 September) and Gambia (23 September).