The Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor, the research initiative of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munition Coalition (ICBL-CMC), launches the new report: Frameworks for Victim Assistance: Monitor key findings and observations.
With review conferences for both the Mine Ban Treaty and the Convention on Cluster Munitions fast approaching, the time has come to take stock of victim assistance achievements to date in order to determine how best to close remaining gaps and ensure the fulfillment of victim assistance commitments and obligations. This report finds that activities that have had the most direct impact on the lives of victims have been those which are designed specifically to include victims. Mine/ERW victims include not only survivors with disabilities, but also families of survivors and people killed. The Monitor observed that victim assistance is often supported by states efforts to provide transitional justice, human rights and development, as well as by overlapping work of civil society groups including survivor networks. The benefits of broader programs—such as national development programs and laws to protect or support persons with disabilities— are essential, but have mostly been reported to the Monitor when victims were able to access such services because of services and referrals provided by targeted victim assistance programs.