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). Landmine Monitor 2014 was released on the seventeenth anniversary of the signing of the Mine Ban Treaty. Also known as the Ottawa Treaty for Canada’s instrumental role in the creation of the convention, the Mine Ban Treaty was signed in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on December 3, 1997.
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.
The Convention on Cluster Munitions bans the use, production, trade and stockpiling of cluster munitions. Although Canada is not yet a state party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, Canada has fulfilled the stockpile destruction obligations found in the convention.
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