REBEL USE OF LANDMINES AND GLOBAL MINE CASUALTIES RISE; BUT MORE LAND IS CLEARED OF LANDMINE CONTAMINATION
(Geneva, 26 November 2015): Landmines were used by non-state armed groups in more countries than in the previous nine years and recorded casualties rose globally in 2014, but still were at their second lowest level, as the vast majority of countries abided by the global norm banning the weapons, according to Landmine Monitor 2015. This latest annual report of the Nobel Prize-winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines was released today in Geneva.
More States Embrace Ban on Cluster Munitions In Face of New Attacks
(Geneva, 3 September 2015) – States are rallying in support of the 2008 treaty banning cluster munitions amid global outcry against their use in five countries, finds the annual monitoring report released by the Cluster Munition Coalition today.
“More countries are embracing the ban on cluster munitions by joining the treaty and rapidly destroying their stocks—evidence that the treaty is working well five years on,” said Mary Wareham, Human Rights Watch, editor of the ban policy chapter of Cluster Munition Monitor 2015. “The new use of cluster munitions by a handful of armed forces outside the ban has been met with swift and strong condemnations, showing the stigma against their use is growing stronger.”
CANADA RATIFIES CONVENTION ON CLUSTER MUNITIONS!
Six years after signing the Convention on Cluster Munitions, Canada has finally ratified this life-saving treaty. Canada becomes the 90th State Party to join this total ban on cluster munitions due to the unacceptable humanitarian harm they cause. We remain concerned about the weak national legislation used to implement the Convention. The draft legislation received intense national and international attention during the parliamentary process and MAC was pleased to see the House of Commons make an amendment in 2013.
We congratulate each and everyone one of our supporters who made this happen. Ordinary Canadians have worked long and hard to see Canada ratify this convention. Our full press release is available onlinehere.
NEI INVESTMENTS AND DESJARDINS BAN INVESTMENT IN CLUSTER BOMBS!
The NEI policy and their press release are available online
. Next time you are talking to your financial institution ask them if you are funding cluster bombs?
SHARP DROP IN LANDMINE CASUALTIES; BUT INTERNATIONAL FUNDING FOR REMAINING MINE CLEARANCE DECLINES
(Ottawa, ON, Canada, 3 December 2014): Fewer people were killed and injured by landmines in 2013 than in any previous year, and nearly all use and production of the weapon has ceased, said the latest annual report of the Nobel Prize-winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL).
CANADIAN FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS INVESTING IN BANNED CLUSTER MUNITIONS
(Ottawa – November 27, 2014) 151 financial institutions worldwide invested US$27 billion in companies producing cluster munitions from 2011 to 2014, according to a report launched by Dutch peace organization PAX. The report, "Worldwide Investments in Cluster Munitions: a shared responsiblity,” details the scale of investment in companies producing this banned weapon by banks, pension funds and other financial institutions around the world. Two Canadian financial institutions were singled out for their investment in cluster munition production in the report’s Hall of Shame.
UNITED STATES UPDATES LANDMINE POLICY
Ottawa, Canada (September 23, 2014) The United States announced an update to their new policy regarding landmines today. In June at a treaty meeting in Mozambique the US announced its intentions "to pursue solutions that would be compliant with and ultimately allow us to join the Ottawa Convention." In a brief statement today a spokesperson said that the United States policy on landmines outside the Korean Peninsula will be aligned with the Ottawa Treaty.
Mines Action Canada Commends Government of Canada for Completing Destruction of Cluster Munition Stockpiles
Today, Canadian representatives at the Fifth Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions announced that the destruction of Canada’s cluster munition stockpile was completed in June 2014.
MAC Launching New Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
We’re excited to announce that Mines Action Canada is involved with the new Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. To learn more about this campaign check out the Canadian website at: www.stopkillerrobots.ca.
Canadian Government Supporting Landmine Survivors in Colombia