March 1st 2017 marks the 18th anniversary of the entry into force of the Mine Ban Treaty*. On this occasion, Handicap International is calling on States to end the use of these barbaric weapons.
On the eve of this 18th anniversary, the Second Pledging Conference for the Implementation of the Mine Ban Treaty, held in Geneva (agenda), gathered States parties on 28 February. On this occasion, 19 States reaffirmed their political and financial commitment to the implementation of the MBT.
Sustained resources, both international and national, are needed to attain universalisation and a mine-free world by 2025: Handicap International called on States to support risk education, weapons clearance and victim assistance programmes.
The Landmine Monitor 2016** reported a 75% increase from casualties recorded for 2014. This rise compared to 2014 is due to particularly heavy casualty numbers in conflict zones in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen. The majority of new victims of anti-personnel mines – factory-made or improvised – and explosive remnants of war were reported in Afghanistan (1,310), Libya (1,004), Yemen (988), Syria (864) and Ukraine (589). These five countries alone represent 74% of casualties reported in 2015. Mine casualties were reported in 61 States and territories worldwide. Therefore, Handicap International reaffirms the need for States to put pressure on belligerent parties to end the use of these barbaric weapons and to increase funding for the fight against mines and explosive remnants of war.
The Landmine Monitor produced a factsheet to detail international pledges of support to mine action made at three extraordinary conferences focused on implementation of the Mine Ban Treaty (March 2016), Iraq (July 2016), and Colombia (September 2016).
Read the factsheet.
*The Ottawa Treaty bans the acquisition, production, stockpiling and use of anti-personnel mine. It was opened for signature on 3 December 1997. The treaty entered into force on 1 March 1999. A total of 163 States have signed the treaty; 162 are States Parties to the treaty.
** The Landmine Monitor monitors and reports on the implementation of the Mine Ban Treaty which bans the use, production, trade and stockpiling of anti-personnel mines.