News from the Campaign
2015 has been another important year of campaigning for the ban on landmines and cluster munitions. ICBL-CMC members around the world have actively advocated for progress in the fields of clearance, stockpile destruction, and victim assistance, as well as for the universalization of the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Here is a brief overview of the latest activities organised by member campaigns:
WANEP – The Gambia organised a two-day roundtable discussion on the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) in November. Participants included members of the security forces, Gambia Revenue Authority, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Assembly. The aim of the roundtable was not only to raise awareness about cluster munitions, but also to develop realistic targets to push the ratification process forward.
Ignitus Worldwide Guinea-Bissau is participating in a radio broadcast on a weekly basis, to raise public awareness about the Mine Ban Treaty and the Convention on Cluster Munitions. The Sri Lankan Campaign to Ban Landmines published and disseminated three books advocating for Sri Lanka's accession to the Mine Ban Treaty, the Convention on Cluster Munitions and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The Indian Campaign to Ban Landmines & Cluster Munitions organized a Mine Ban Treaty and Convention on Cluster Munitions awareness seminar in Rajasthan on 6h December.
In Liberia, the Association of Disabled Females International (ADFI) remains mobilised in order to ensure that the country ratifies the CCM as soon as possible. Great progress has already been achieved, as the instrument of ratification is now with the President of Liberia, who is expected to submit it to the Parliament. The campaign in Turkey has been conducting Mine Risk Education trainings in refugee camps to prevent mines/ERW casualties among Syrian refugees. The Initiative for a Mine-Free Turkey has conducted media work and reached out to mine action authorities and parliamentarians to promote mine clearance and victim assistance. While, in Myanmar, the campaign continued raising awareness among members of parliament and key authorities, encouraging the government to ban landmines and join the Mine Ban Treaty.
National launches of the Landmine Monitor 2015 were organised in several countries, such as Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Myanmar and Senegal. Many national campaigns shared the Monitor press release and Major Findings with the press and on social media, including in Algeria, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Colombia, Iran, Pakistan, and in the MENA region.
Moreover, national campaigns celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December, to raise awareness about the rights and needs of persons with disabilities, including landmine and cluster munition survivors. Such events were organised in Afghanistan, Albania, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Rwanda, Serbia, Uganda and the United States of America.