KYIV, 15 October 2018 - Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) Ertugrul Apakan called today for restraint and full adherence to the agreed ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.
Traditional elder Adan Muse Hassan’s day started with optimism on October 14th of 2017. He predicted another rewarding day, as he carried out the challenging task of resolving disputes and encouraging reconciliation, within the capital Mogadishu.
The sunny morning coupled with the gentle breeze from the imposing waters of the Indian Ocean, was the perfect weather he had hoped for, to enable him carry out his tasks.
IEDs and war crimes against civilians in Afghanistan
CLEARING A PATH TO STABILITY
Ambassador Bradley Sawden from New Zealand visited The HALO Trust programme in Fallujah on 29 September to see the work being done to make the city safe from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other dangerous debris left behind by recent conflict.
Baghdad, Iraq, 9 October 2018 - The Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Marta Ruedas, is deeply saddened by the death of a deminer working for the international NGO Mines Advisory Group (MAG) while undertaking humanitarian clearance operations in the area north of Tel Afar in northwestern Iraq.
In September 2018, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) recorded 1,849 deaths and injuries from 256 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 58% (1,066) of the deaths and injuries recorded.
When explosive violence was used in populated areas, 89% of all casualties were civilians, compared to 16% in other areas.
Kampala-Geneva, 6 October 2018 - Uganda, which joined the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention in 1999, declared itself free of all known mine contamination in 2012. While Uganda successfully fulfilled its mine clearance obligation under the Convention, it recognized it had an ongoing obligation towards landmine survivors.
Mission’s priorities – (2018-2019)
MINSK, 3 October 2018 - Ambassador Martin Sajdik, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group, and Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan, Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, issued yesterday the following statement:
In post-conflict cities the scale and complexity of explosive contamination presents a huge challenge, making it unsafe for reconstruction to begin or displaced families to return. The HALO Trust is working towards developing methods of evaluating and clearing urban environments in the most efficient way possible. Only with a clear understanding of the challenge, can cost effective methods of assessment and clearance be designed.
Mogadishu, 3 October 2018 - The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and key international partners have concluded a meeting in Mogadishu, convened to devise ways of reducing the threat posed by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Somalia.
The meeting, a follow-up to a similar one held in April 2018, deliberated on specific threats, the dynamism of the threats; and explored ways of bolstering efforts to reduce them.
MINSK, 2 October 2018 – The Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), Ambassador Martin Sajdik, made the following statement to the press after the meeting of the TCG and its Working Groups in Minsk on 2 October 2018:
“Last weekend was one of the saddest ones in recent times. As you know, on September 30, 2018, three children were killed and one was injured as a result of a mine blast near Horlivka. On the same day, another teenager was injured by shelling in Staromyhailivka.
In August 2018 Geneva Call organised a series of meetings with varied constituencies in Kabul and Kandahar. In addition to meetings with government representatives and other stakeholders, our staff also had the opportunity to visit numerous schools and to meet with teachers and children who had been affected by the conflict.
(KYIV, 1 October 2018) – The Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine, Ms. Osnat Lubrani expresses her sincere condolences to the family of three children killed, and one child injured, by explosive remnants in eastern Ukraine. Ms. Lubrani appeals for immediate action to protect millions of people who face daily risks due to the extensive landmine and explosive ordnance contamination.
Three schoolboys have been reported killed and another injured by a land mine in a separatist-controlled town in eastern Ukraine.
The separatist leaders in the Donetsk region said the explosion occurred on September 30 in the industrial frontline town of Horlivka, 30 kilometers north of the city of Donetsk.
The area has seen heavy fighting between the Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian government forces.
Horlivka Mayor Ivan Prikhodko wrote in a social-media post that the dead, aged between 13 and 15, were all schoolboys.
Landing at Xieng Khouang airport, evidence of the chilling legacy of the Second Indochina War cannot be missed. Craters left behind by the ceaseless bombing of Laos between 1964-1973 are scattered throughout the landscape. Despite these obvious scars on the landscape, for many Lao people these craters are not the most haunting reminder of a war that ended decades ago. Provinces like Xieng Khouang are still covered with something much less ominous:
For the Human Rights Council to Renew the Mandate of the Group of Eminent Experts and to Enhance its Work
Tuesday (September 25th, 2018) – Sana’a
Baghdad, 25 September 2018 - The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) welcomes a contribution of NZD 250,000 (USD 160,000) from the Government of New Zealand and is grateful for the deployment of an in-kind Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Threat Mitigation Advisor to support explosive hazard management activities in Iraq.
These are the contracts named General Assessment of the mine suspected area in BiH and the Support to the creation of the Information BHMAC Information System on the web platform, for which 1.1 million Euros have been allocated through the Instrument for Stability and Peace.