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Geneva – A new publication by the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention Implementation Support Unit launched 23 January in Geneva, highlights the supporting role that national demining authorities can play in integrating landmine victim assistance into broader approaches to healthcare, disability and human rights.
“By documenting good practices from around the globe, the publication Five Key Examples of the Role of Mine Action in Integrating Victim Assistance into Broader Frameworks illustrates how mine action entities can contribute to assisting the victims of landmines and other explosive remnants of war,” said the Director of the Implementation Support Unit, Kerry Brinkert.
“The mission of landmine victim assistance is the full and effective participation of survivors in society on a basis equal to others. Mine action structures cannot fulfil this mission on their own and humanitarian demining programmes are intended to eventually end,” said Kerry Brinkert. “However, if mine action structures play their niche role effectively, considerable gains can be made within the limited time-frame of their existence,” added Kerry Brinkert, noting that mine action can assist in the following ways:
The publication documents examples of states in which the role of mine action programmes in landmine victim assistance has been played well:
The publication was made possible thanks to a grant from the Government of Australia to the Convention’s Implementation Support Unit.
Improving the quality of life for victims of explosive remnants of war is a significant focus of Australia’s mine action assistance. In order to enhance the sustainability of victim assistance efforts, Australia is seeking to ensure that these efforts are integrated within national level health and disability programs.
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.
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