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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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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 […]

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ICBL-CMC Actions on Mine Awareness Day 2020

              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 […]

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

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 […]

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US Policy Reversal At Odds With Global Mine Ban Consensus, PSALM/WVCBL Saddened By the Announcement

   February 2020 – The announcement by the United States reversing its policy stance on antipersonnel landmines, is a step backwards in the steady progress towards achieving a mine-free world. The new United States policy rolls back prohibitions on landmine production and use which it put in place in 2014. The new policy contrasts starkly with the US’ […]

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PSALM EXHIBIT: “BE THE CHANGE”

BE THE CHANGE It is likely at some point that you have heard this saying attributed to Mahatma Gandhi. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”. But what does it really mean? How can you be the change that you wish to see in the world? We all know that there […]

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Toward a Landmine-Free World Conference Marks 20 Years of the Mine Ban Treaty

The Fourth Review Conference of the international Mine Ban Treaty opened in Oslo, Norway on November 25th, 2019. A total of 164 states have joined the treaty, committing to cease production, use, and transfer of antipersonnel mines, to destroy their stockpiles, clear mine-affected areas, and assist mine survivors. It is worth celebrating the significant steps states […]

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LANDMINE MONITOR 2019- PSALM Students Concerned About Rising Casualties

  Mine Ban Success Only one state not party to the Mine Ban Treaty—Myanmar—and a small number of non-state armed groups used landmines in 2018 according to Landmine Monitor 2019. The findings point to the resounding success of the treaty since it entered into force 20 years ago and to the global stigma against use […]

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PSALM Students Make Presentations at West Virginia University Global Health/ Maldives accedes to Convention on Cluster Munitions

      PSALM: Proud Students Against Landmines and Cluster Bombs /West Virginia Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Bombs made presentations to the visiting public during Global Health Week at West Virginia University, October 14-18th. The program at West Virginia University is designed to promote, support, and encourage awareness of global health. PSALM students joined international […]