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Symposium on United States landmine policy


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Geneva, Washington D.C. - Through provisions made by a European Union Council Decision in support of the Convention, the Implementation Support Unit in collaboration with Human Rights Watch on behalf of the United States Campaign to Ban Landmines, will host a half-day symposium in Washington, D.C., focusing on United States landmine policy.

The event will take place on 19 February at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, beginning at 09:00.

The symposium will be opened by François Rivasseau, Deputy Head of the European Union Delegation to the United States and will feature the participation of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize co-Laureate Jody Williams, the Convention's Special Envoy, His Royal Highness Prince Mired Raad Al Hussein of Jordan, and other experts and dignitaries.

The opening session will be followed by an expert panel discussion on the United States and landmines.

The panel includes Heidi Kuhn from Roots of Peace, Steve Goose from Human Rights Watch, Ken Rutherford from the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery and (Ret.) Lt. General Robert Gard from the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.

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The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention was adopted in Oslo in 1997, opened for signature in Ottawa the same year and entered into force on 1 March 1999. The Convention was the first disarmament instrument to take into consideration the rights of the survivors of a particular weapon.

Since entering into force, millions of square metres of once dangerous lands have been released for normal human activity and over 44.5 million stockpiled mines have been destroyed.

For press inquiries, contact: Laila Rodriguez press(at)apminebanconvention.org, +41 (0) 22 730 9350, USA +1 201 467 5009; or Mary Wareham, wareham(at)hrw.org, +1 646 203 8292. Find the Convention on FacebookFlickr and Twitter.