PSALM STUDENTS DEDICATE THEMSELVES TO CAMPAIGNING FOR THE US TO JOIN THE MINE BAN TREATY

PSALM students are determined to see the US join the Mine Ban Treaty. During school closure due to Covid, students sent over 150 postcards to members of Congress asking for support for the United States to join the Mine Ban Treaty. Students are dedicated since their founding in 1999 to this cause. PLEASE join PSALM/WVCBL in contacting members of Congress. 
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Niue accedes to the Convention on Cluster Munitions!

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Niue deposited its instrument of accession to the Convention on Cluster Munitions on 6 August. Congratulations to Niue on becoming the 109th State Party! PSALM students participated in remote campaigning while out of school sending postcards to countries, including Niue,  encouraging them to accend the treaty.

With the Second Review Conference just a few months away and as we just celebrated the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the total ban on cluster munitions, the accession of Niue is an encouraging step forward and sets an example for the Pacific states which have yet to join the life-saving ban.

To date, 122 states have endorsed the goals of the convention, of which 109 are States Parties and 13 still remain signatories. As set out in the Dubrovnik Action Plan, the aim is to reach 130 States Parties by November 2020.

In the Pacific region, eight states have joined the Convention on Cluster Munitions – Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau and Samoa – while eight states remain outside of the convention – Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Niue is not known to have ever used, produced, transferred or stockpiled cluster munitions. The convention will enter into force for Niue on 1 February 2021

CMC Calls for Universal Adoption of Convention on Cluster Munitions and End to All Use on 10th Anniversary

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Ten years ago, on 1 August, the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) became international law, paving the way for clearance of contaminated communities, destruction of stockpiles, and establishing the international norm banning all use and solidifying global condemnation of the weapon. The CCM was also the first multilateral treaty to include provisions for assistance to victims as a formal obligation for all States Parties with victims.

At the time, Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) spokesperson Branislav Kapetanović, from Serbia, reflected that only a few years before, the idea of banning cluster bombs seemed an impossible dream.

“What this treaty shows is that ordinary people, including cluster bomb survivors like me, can be a part of extraordinary changes that bring real improvements to people’s lives all over the world,” said Kapetanović, a military munitions clearance specialist and cluster munition survivor, and now CMC Ambassador.

In the past ten years, some 1.5 million cluster munitions have been destroyed by 35 States Parties to the Convention. This means 99 per cent of the total global cluster munition stocks declared have been destroyed and can no longer kill or injure civilians – overwhelmingly the victims of cluster munitions, with a large proportion of these being children. Eleven countries in all, and nine States Parties, have also completed clearing their territory of cluster remnants, ensuring that their citizens are safe from this deadly legacy.

These gains are a testament to the collective power of states committed to end the suffering caused by cluster munitions, and to the promise of the Convention.

That promise is not yet fulfilled; ongoing use by the Syrian Government against civilians is a grim reminder of the toll cluster munitions are still taking. The legacy of suffering still being sown highlights the imperative to make every effort to stop all use immediately and loudly condemn use of the weapon anywhere, by anyone.

The solution to eradicating the weapon, and ending the death and suffering it causes, in Syria and elsewhere, lies in universal adoption of the Convention.

There were 108 countries on board when the Convention entered into force ten years ago,

Today, that number has grown to 121 countries. That progress falls short of the target of 130 States Parties by 2020, established at the First Review Conference of the CCM, and points to a need for new energy and commitment in order to ensure stigmatization against these nefarious weapons and the continued life-saving success of the Convention. The Cluster Munition Coalition is working steadfastly with stakeholders to bring states not party onboard as a matter of urgency.

The Convention will hold its Second Review Conference in November 2020 in Switzerland and the CMC is making all efforts to communicate the importance of the treaty to protecting civilians and promoting international humanitarian law.

Our message to states not party to the Convention is clear: join the CCM, help save lives, ensure survivors’ rights, prevent future suffering, and support livelihoods.

ACTION ALERT #ReverseUSLandminePolicyNow

What is happening?

  • The US announced its new landmine policy on January 31, 2020.
  • The new policy permits US troops to use antipersonnel landmines anywhere in the world at any time and allows the US to resume production of antipersonnel mines.
  • The US Administration cancelled the Obama Administration’s policy to prohibit United States military forces from employing antipersonnel landmines outside of the Korean Peninsula, to prohibit production and acquisition of antipersonnel mines, and to establish the goal of joining the Mine Ban Treaty.

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Photo: Facing Finance Germany event responding to US policy shift.

Why is this important?

  • This is a complete and deplorable reversal of previous US policy which prohibited the production and acquisition of antipersonnel landmines, as well as their use outside of a future conflict in the Korean Peninsula.

What can you do?

  1. Send a letter to President Trump and his Administration NOW!
  • Here you will find a template deploring these actions – you just need to include the information that is highlighted in yellow, go to this link: https://bit.ly/2Uracp8 complete the registration form and copy and paste the template that is in the attached file in the box comment ‘what would you like to say’.
  1. Request a meeting with the US Embassy in your country to discuss the decision to cancel the policy to eliminate all antipersonnel landmines.
  • Here you will find a letter template to send to the US Embassy in your country requesting such meeting, you just need to include the information that is highlighted in yellow. During the meeting with your Embassy you can also share that same letter.
  1. If you don’t manage to get a meeting with the US Embassy in your country, you can still take action by sending a copy of the letter that you send to the Whitehouse web page, to the Ambassador’s email.
  2. Speak up on social media and condemn this deplorable reversal of previous US policy.
  3. Encourage your government (if a State Party to the Treaty) to issue a public statement against this step and to engage with the US bilaterally on this matter.

Where can I find more information about this?

For further information contact ICBL Advocacy and Campaign Manager: diana@icblcmc.org

Update on new media, op eds, press releases and statements

What have been the reactions so far?

  • The ICBL has requested a meeting with the US Ambassador in Geneva and has been engaging actively with the coordination committee members and other champion states to ensure that they issue public statements and engage bilaterally with the US Government, we have also provided talking points on this decision. Letter sent to the Trump Administration.
  • The Mine Ban Treaty President (Sudan), in addition to   Austria, Belgium, Germany, European Union, France, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Lloyd Axworthy (former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs), US Senators, the ICRC, Unicef USA, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and other Mine Ban Treaty champions have issued statements calling on the US to reverse its decision. Additional states and regional groups and organizations are encouraged to issue statements.

 

If you are unable to get a meeting with the US Embassy?

  • Send a letter to the US Embassy calling for rejection of the new policy.

When and where will the action take place?

  • As soon as possible and in every country possible.

What issues should you discuss during the meeting?

  • Introduce your organization and explain that the meeting is part of ICBL´s global action.
  • Explain why the US landmine policy is important to the citizens of your country e.g. as an affected country, as a State Party to the Mine Ban Treaty, as a global humanitarian imperative, etc.
  • The cancellation of the policy that eliminates all antipersonnel landmines reverses years of steady steps toward alignment with the Mine Ban Treaty.
  • Most of the states that at one time used, stockpiled, produced or transferred antipersonnel landmines, have ratified or acceded to the treaty.
  • The majority of states that are or have been affected by antipersonnel mines, have ratified or acceded to the treaty.
  • Using landmines, which have claimed so many lives and limbs, is not justified by any country or group under any circumstances.
  • In recent years landmines have only been used by regimes known for gross human rights violations in Burma and Syria, and by non-state armed groups like ISIS.
  • [YOUR COUNTRY] was able to remove antipersonnel mines from its arsenal without compromising its national security, and this had also worked for the US in the past. Clearly, the humanitarian benefits of banning the weapons far outweigh the minimal military utility.
  • The US has not used antipersonnel mines since 1991, has not exported them since 1992, has not produced them since 1997, and has destroyed millions of stockpiled mines.
  • The weapon has little or no military value to the US forces today as shown by the simple fact that the US did not use antipersonnel mines of any kind for the past 20 years in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq or any other location, during both high and low intensity conflicts. But again, the political costs of the US using antipersonnel mines today would be very high. Key US allies have joined the Mine Ban Treaty.
  • The so-called smart or non-persistent mines equipped with self-destruct and self-deactivating mechanisms still pose humanitarian danger and are by no means safe for civilians. While smart mines are active, they cannot distinguish between an enemy combatant and an innocent civilian, furthermore, their self-destruct mechanisms have an estimated failure rate of 1 to 10%.

 

Cluster Munition Coalition Activities to Promote Universal CCM Adherence

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PSALM and of the Cluster Munition Coalition, a global network in some 100 countries working to end the suffering caused by cluster munitions, and the Convention on Cluster Munitions without delay. As we faces the COVID-19 pandemic together with the rest of the world, multilateral action to ensure a safe and secure public, and international solidarity is more important than ever. In these challenging times, the world needs good news. We are calling on the U.S. to step up its efforts to join the Convention on Cluster Munitions as soon as circumstances allow and to join the 108 States Parties this year at the Second Review Conference taking place November 23-27 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

This landmark meeting takes place ten years after the Convention came into force and is an opportunity for States Parties to assess progress made to date and establish a roadmap for the work ahead. Cluster munitions kill indiscriminately at the time of their use and long after the end of hostilities and as such are incompatible with the principles of International Humanitarian Law. Over 90% of recorded cluster munition victims are civilians.

CMC members, including PSALM/WVCBL have been busy advocating for states to join the Convention on Cluster Munitions, as we prepare for the Second Review Conference. A number of CMC actions were launched around the April 4th International Day for Mine Action and Mine Awareness including:

 CMC sent letters to all states not party to the Convention while national campaigns contacted their respective governments and/or relevant embassies urging states to join the Convention without delay.

 Targeted outreach to 28 priority countries in coordination with the Convention universalization lead

 #StopClusterBombsNow video calls to action from global membership :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW8hdYTUACg&feature=youtu.be

 12 reasons to #joinCCM infographs.

PSALM students are romotely campaigning by sending postcards to members of the U.S. Congress seeking support for the Convention on Cluster Munitions and the Trump adminsitration’s back tracking on US landmine policies.

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Landmines Left After Armed Group Withdraws in Libya Victim-Activated Explosive Devices Endanger Human Lives, WVCBL/PSALM Demand Action

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An armed group and affiliates fighting for control of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, appear to have used antipersonnel landmines and booby traps there in late May 2020,  according to Human Rights Watch.

“Any use of internationally banned landmines is unconscionable,” said Steve Goose, arms division director at Human Rights Watch and chair of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, the Nobel Peace Co-Laureate. “Those fighting in Tripoli should halt using landmines and start clearing them to avoid further harm to life and limb.”

Fighters affiliated with the Libyan Arab Armed Forces (LAAF) commanded by Khalifa Hiftar, including foreign forces, appear to have laid mines as they withdrew from southern districts of the city. For months, LAAF and affiliated forces have been fighting the internationally recognized Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).

During the 2011 revolution against Muammar Gaddafi, General Hiftar pledged that armed forces under his command would never use landmines because the indiscriminate weapons cannot distinguish between fighters and civilians. General Hiftar should publicly renew this pledge and instruct fighters under his command and foreign fighters supporting the LAAF to stop using landmines and destroy any stocks in their possession, Human Rights Watch said.

On May 25, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) expressed concern at reports that residents of Tripoli’s Ain Zara and Salahuddin neighborhoods have been killed or wounded by improvised explosive devices placed “in/near” their homes. A relative stated that Zakaria al-Jamal died in an explosion on May 22, while checking his family’s home in Salahuddin. A graphic video posted on Twitter on May 25 shows a man named Muhammad Daleh who was killed and whose brother was lying heavily injured on the ground after reportedly trying to dismantle explosive devices in Tripoli.

GNA-aligned forces shared photographs on Twitter on May 29 showing four types of antipersonnel landmines manufactured in the Soviet Union or Russia and claiming they were “laid by the Wagner mercenaries,” a Kremlin-linked private military company that supports the LAAF in the Ain Zara, Al-Khilla, Salahuddin, Sidra, and Wadi al-Rabi districts of Tripoli. Other photographs shared on social media show mines equipped with tripwires and mines used as triggers to detonate larger improvised explosive devices. Video footage shows various explosive charges used to booby trap homes, including antivehicle mines, paired with various types of fuzes and a mix of electronic timers, circuit boards, and modified cell phones. These devices were assembled and used in a manner intended to be detonated by the presence, proximity, or contact of a person, Human Rights Watch said. They are able to incapacitate, injure, or kill one or more people. Such victim-activated explosive devices are prohibited by the Mine Ban Treaty, regardless of whether the antipersonnel mine was assembled in a factory or improvised from locally available materials.

Libya’s governance has been divided between the two entities engaged in an armed conflict since April 2019: the GNA and the rival Interim Government affiliated with the LAAF in eastern Libya. Despite an arms embargo, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, and Russia have provided the LAAF with military support. Foreign fighters from Chad, Sudan, and Syria as well as fighters from a Russia-supported private company also support the armed group. The GNA’s main military backer is Turkey, with additional support from foreign fighters from Chad, Sudan, and Syria.

Libya is not one of the 164 nations that have committed to a comprehensive prohibition of antipersonnel mines, clearance, and victim assistance. The previous government of Muammar Gaddafi expressed interest in the Mine Ban Treaty but made no effort to join it. After Human Rights Watch documented landmine use by Gaddafi forces in 2011, Hiftar and other commanders of armed groups committed to never use landmines and to provide mine clearance, risk education about the dangers of the mines, and victim assistance.

The Gaddafi government acquired and stockpiled millions of landmines that were subsequently seized by anti-government fighters and civilians after storage facilities were abandoned or left unsecured in 2011. The antipersonnel mines discovered in Tripoli in May are of Soviet and Russian origin and include POM-2, PMN-2, and olive drab-colored MON-50 mines that were not previously recorded in Libya, suggesting these landmines may have transferred into the country in recent years.

Libya is affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war dating back to World War II. Since then, landmines and explosive remnants of war in Libya have caused at least 3,252 casualties, according to Landmine Monitor.

“This latest landmine use is adding to Libya’s already considerable burden of uncleared mines, abandoned ordnance, unexploded ordnance, and danger for Libyans for years to come,” Goose said.

Join Treaty Now! Says CMC Ambassador on the 12th Anniversary of the Convention on Cluster Munitions

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May 30th is the twelfth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) and activists around the world join 121 States Parties and signatories to the Convention in calling on all countries to join without delay. As we prepare to meet in Switzerland this November for the Convention’s Second Review Conference, we can take a moment to reflect on the Convention and its role in preventing further casualties by this indiscriminate weapon.

 The Convention was adopted because all of us, states and NGOs, knew that cluster munitions overwhelmingly injure and kill civilians at the time of attack and decades after. Ever since, the use of cluster munitions has been met with widespread international condemnation. While multilateralism is being tested in the response to many challenges today, the Convention on Cluster Munitions and the community created around it represent the best of international cooperation. The spirit of solidarity we all felt in Dublin twelve years ago still presents the driving force behind the Convention on Cluster Munitions and pushes it forward.

It is too early to celebrate though – only through universal adoption of the treaty we will rid the world of this horrific weapon and ensure support for communities living with its deadly legacy.  We want countries to pick up the pace and join in this humanitarian effort as soon as possible!

That said, we also need to ensure that the progress made under the Convention continues and that communities affected by this horrible weapon are supported, and survivor’s rights guaranteed, leaving no one behind. Multilateral action to ensure the safety and rights of all citizens, including cluster munition survivors and all persons with disabilities, has never been more important than in current context of the COVID 19 global pandemic. We will not accept any delays – we need clearance and victim assistance to happen now.

Our message is clear – join the Convention on Cluster Munitions to save lives, ensure survivor rights and prevent future tragedies!

Stop cluster bombs now!

Cluster Munition Coalition Ambassador,

Mr. Branislav Kapetanović 

PSALM Students Campaign From Home

The Covid pandemic has forced schools to shut down but has not dampened  PSALM students desire to see the end of landmines and cluster bombs in the world. Students joined together to campaign remotely by filming videos, writing letters and contacting embassies.

PSALM student Lucca filmed over 20 videos as part of the CMC UNIVERSALIZATION GLOBAL CAMPAIGN. Students also contacted the embassies of all 29 priority countries.

PSALM also celebrated the graduation of amazing 8th grade members. These students have devoted countless hours to campaigning for a better and safer world for all. CONGRATULATIONS!

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ICBL-CMC Actions on Mine Awareness Day 2020

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As WVCBL/PSALM joins the ICBL-CMC Community to mark the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action this year, the world is shuddering under the terrible weight of the COVID-19 Pandemic, which by its nature is disproportionately affecting vulnerable populations around the world, including landmine and cluster munition survivors and persons with disabilities.

The international COVID-19 response is also galvanizing a spirit of multilaterism and cooperation–it is every day more apparent that individual countries cannot afford to go their own way, be it in fighting the pandemic, climate change, or in pursuing international security.

Governments, international organizations and civil society must commit to advancing international solidarity. Humanitarian disarmament is both a driver and a consequence of this push.

Global action against landmines and cluster munitions, and for the rights of survivors, have made a difference the world over, through the Mine Ban Treaty and the Convention on Cluster Munitions, pillars of humanitarian disarmament.

On International Mine Awareness Day 2020, ICBL-CMC is calling on all countries to join forces with States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty and Convention on Cluster Munitions, to protect civilians and eliminate the threat from these banned weapons, globally.

This year, PSALM students joined ICBL-CMC members from around the world to strengthen these global norms and ensure the rights of survivors and impacted communities, including responding to new developments such as the announcement by the United States reversing its de-facto compliance with the Mine Ban Treaty. In response, members from over 21 countries including the US have taken actions including public demonstrations, letter writing to the US Administration, contacting embassies worldwide, a joint statement signed by more than 60 organizations (including PSALM/WVCBL), and a global petition, calling for a return to the US policy of supporting the goals of the Mine Ban Treaty.

“The world has rejected the use of landmines. The United States should be moving toward joining the Mine Ban Treaty, not away from it and should take immediate measures to block the deployment of landmines and prohibit the development, production, or other acquisition of new antipersonnel landmines,” said Jeff Abramson, senior fellow at the Arms Control Association, a member of the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines.

PSALM students agree. Students have devoted countless hours to making others aware of the destruction caused by these weapons.

At least 14 States Parties and other ICBL-CMC partners and mine ban advocates have condemned or otherwise expressed concern over the US landmine policy change including: 

Austria, Belgium, Germany, the European Union, France, The Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Sudan (as Mine Ban Treaty President), Former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Lloyd Axworthy, US Senators, the International Committee of the Red Cross, UNICEF USA, and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

We have also seen how the  United Nations Secretary Generals’ 23 March call for a global ceasefire can contribute to stopping the use of landmines and cluster munitions and preventing further casualties, at a time when hospitals and medical personnel are overwhelmed responding to the pandemic.

Effective mine awareness and mine action must include eliminating the proliferation of the weapons threatening civilian lives. On Mine Awareness and Mine Action Day, we are calling on all countries to join the 108 States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions to save lives, ensure survivors’ rights, prevent future tragedies, and support livelihoods.

This year the Second Review Conference of the Convention will take place in November with Switzerland as President and States Parties have set a goal of bringing on board as many new states as possible. We are working to help achieve that goal by reaching out to 29 priority countries—including those that have signed but not yet ratified the convention—and urging them to join this life-saving treaty.

“The CMC played a crucial role in making the Convention on Cluster Munitions happen and works on ensuring the universalization of the Convention–there is no other way, because we cannot give up on our goal to put an end to the horrific and deadly legacy of cluster bombs,” said Dejan Ivanoviç, Director of CMC member organization Assistance, Advocacy, Access, of Serbia. Serbia is one of 26 states and three other areas contaminated by cluster munition remnants globally, but is not a party to the Convention.  

In the lead up to the Review Conference taking place in Lausanne, Switzerland in November, CMC members worldwide are sending letters to states not party and urging them to join immediately, and where not possible, to take interim steps towards joining the treaty.

The CMC network is sharing messages via social media on how joining the Convention on Cluster Munitions is not only a humanitarian imperative—cluster bombs indiscriminately kill girls, boys, women, and men at the time of attack, and for years thereafter—but also an opportunity for states to clearly demonstrate their international solidarity and commitment to saving civilian lives, protecting the most vulnerable, and leaving no one behind.

“On International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, ICBL-CMC stands with all of the communities around the world impacted by landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war, and with the partner organizations and governments working to put an end to the tragedies they cause and ensure support for survivors,” said ICBL-CMC Director, Hector Guerra. “There is one clear and universal message in the terrible suffering we are seeing today from the COVID-19 Pandemic; we are in this together.”

UNITED STATES CAMPAIGN TO BAN LANDMINES: Joint Statement on the Trump Administration’s New Landmine Policy

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In response to the January 31st announcement by the White House of the Department of Defense’s new landmine policy, we, the undersigned organizations, strongly condemn the Trump Administration’s decision to lift existing United States prohibitions against the use of landmines. We urge the White House and Department of Defense (DOD) to reconsider and take steps to join the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. We urge Congress to take immediate measures to block the deployment of landmines and prohibit the development, production, or other acquisition of new antipersonnel landmines.

Landmines are inherently indiscriminate weapons that maim and kill long after conflicts end. Over the past twenty years, the world has rejected antipersonnel landmines through the Mine Ban Treaty – to which 164 countries are states parties, including every other member of NATO. While still not a signatory, the U.S. has functionally adhered to several provisions of the Mine Ban Treaty – except those that would prohibit the U.S. from ordering the use of landmines on the Korean peninsula. This new landmine policy starkly sets the U.S. apart from its allies and has drawn international condemnation, including from the European Union.

The United States has not used antipersonnel landmines since 1991, excluding the use of a single munition in 2002; it has not exported them since 1992 and has not produced them since 1997. In the last five years, only the government forces of Syria, Myanmar, and North Korea, as well as non-state actors in conflict areas, have used landmines. Of the more than 50 countries that once produced landmines, 41 have ceased production. Under this new landmine policy, the U.S. will rejoin a small handful of mine-producing countries. This is not company the U.S. should keep.

Decades after combatants have retreated or laid down arms, landmines continue to threaten civilian lives and undermine the development of post-conflict communities. Farmers cannot farm, children cannot attend school, businesses cannot thrive, and whole communities are displaced. After mild flooding or frequent rain, previously mapped mines can be uprooted and moved to new locations, reintroducing danger to unknowing civilians and destroying the progress of previous mapping efforts.

Landmines are capable of inflicting unspeakable destruction and harm on their victims – projecting metal fragments into deep wounds, destroying one or more limbs, causing burns, traumatic brain injuries, blindness and deafness, and of course fatally wounding through decapitation, blood loss or other horrific means.

Landmines violate international humanitarian law and do not follow peace agreements and ceasefires. They continue to kill and maim civilians every day, with children especially vulnerable. In recent years, civilian casualties constituted 71-87% of landmine and other explosive remnants of war casualties - with children constituting 42-54% of civilian casualties where data on age is available, according to Landmine Monitor.

Efforts to enhance the “safety” of landmines, including the development of so-called non-persistent or “self-destruct” mines, ignores the fact that they remain indiscriminate. Regardless of the length of their life-span, they cannot distinguish between a combatant or a civilian while active. If the self-destruct or self-deactivation mechanisms were to fail, they would remain lethal and the potential exists for the components to be repurposed into improvised explosive devices.

The way in which landmines are delivered has changed over time. Rather than being planted and mapped by hand, U.S. mines would be dropped from aircraft or deployed through artillery – indiscriminately scattering them over wide unmarked terrain. This could cause civilian harm, including to humanitarian aid workers and peacekeepers who have no way of knowing if they are in a mined area or where mines might be placed.

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines and its American coordinator Jody Williams received the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to bring about the Mine Ban Treaty. We are proud to be part of the mine ban movement, which continues to make a massive contribution towards global peace and security. Under the provisions of the Treaty, large swaths of territories have been cleared and put back to productive uses. While there are still too many casualties annually, we have seen a dramatic decline since the Treaty came into being. To roll back the progress the global community has made would not only be a tragedy but an affront to the dignity of landmine survivors around the world.

Signed,

United States Campaign to Ban Landmines member organizations:

American Friends Service Committee

Amnesty International USA

Arms Control Association

Center for Civilians in Conflict

Church of the Brethren, Office of Peacebuilding and Policy

Doctors of the World USA

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ

Human Rights Watch

Humanity & Inclusion

Jesuit Refugee Service

Landmines Blow!

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

National Council of Churches

Physicians for Human Rights

Presbyterian Church (USA)

PSALM: Proud Students Against Landmines and Cluster Bombs

Roots of Peace

Saferworld, Washington Office

The United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society

Washington Office on Latin America

West Virginia Campaign to Ban Landmines

Women’s Action for New Directions

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

Other U.S. organizations:

Alliance for Peacebuilding

Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Central United Church of Christ

Childhood Education International

Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

CORE Group

DC Voters for Animals

Educators’ Institute for Human Rights

The Episcopal Church

Global Campaign for Education-US

Global Communities

Global Health Partners

HealthRight International

Health Volunteers Overseas

Hesperian Health Guides

Human Rights First

InterAction

International Eye Foundation

Latin America Working Group

Medicines for Humanity

Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office

Mercy Corps

National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd

Nonviolence International

Norwegian Refugee Council USA

Peace Direct

Physicians for Social Responsibility

Plan International USA

Rukmini Foundation

SEEP Network

Union for Reform Judaism

United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries

United Starts Campaign for Burma

Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict

Win Without War

Women in International Security (WIIS)

Women’s Refugee Commission

World Renew

Wote Youth Development Projects

Non-U.S. organizations:

AWO International e.V.

Centre for Adolescents and Women’s Health Initiative (CAWHI), Ghana

Conflict and Environment Observatory

Human Security Network in Latin America and the Caribbean Region (SEHLAC)

Medecins du Monde Germany (Aerzte der Welt)

PAX

Public Policy Association (APP), Argentina

War Child

ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE: 

HI’s petition  https://www.hi-us.org/landmine_petition

Arms Control Association https://www.armscontrol.org/2020-02/take-action-tell-congress-ban-new-us-landmine-use

Win Without War http://act.winwithoutwar.org/sign/tell-congress-ban-landmine-use/?source=tw