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Today's Mine Action News (20th June 2016)

Posted on June, 20 2016

AFRICA

Sudan
Sudan: UXO Blast Kills Two East Darfur Children - Four Injured
[All Africa - Radio Dabanga] Two children died and four others were injured in the eastern district of El Riyadh administrative unit in East Darfur, when an item of unexploded ordnance (UXO) exploded on Tuesday.

AMERICAS

USA
U.S.-Norwegian Demining Initiative
[US Department of State] Today in Oslo, the United States and Norway announced the U.S.-Norwegian Demining Initiative. This effort reflects a new chapter in our longstanding partnership to address the humanitarian impact of landmines and unexploded ordnance that is saving lives and helping post-conflict communities around the world rebuild.

House OKs Ongoing Cluster Bomb Sales to Saudi Arabia, Saying a Ban Would 'Stigmatize' the Weapons
[ABC] ongress has opted to continue selling cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia, citing a need not to "stigmatize" the weapon. But human rights advocates pointed to the close vote, 216 to 204, as progress towards ending the U.S.-Saudi trade of cluster munitions, which advocates say causes indiscriminate carnage.

ASIA

Cambodia
UXO Found in Three Different Provinces
[Phnom Penh Post] Dozens of pieces of unexploded ordnance and hundreds of AK-47 bullets have been found on farmland in three provinces in recent days and handed over for disposal, according to local authorities yesterday.

Republic of Korea
S. Korea to Help Vietnam Remove Landmines, Duds
[Yonhap News] South Korea agreed with Vietnam on Tuesday to push ahead with a joint project to remove land mines and leftover unexploded ordnance (UXO) at the sites of hard fought battles in the Southeast Asian country, home to massive minefields that are a legacy of the Vietnam War.

Lao PDR
Obama Set to Announce More Funding for Clearing Old Bombs in Laos
[VOA News] The lush green landscape of Laos’ northeastern Xieng Khouang province masks what almost a decade of conflict left behind. Millions of cluster munitions, known in Laos as “bombies,” are scattered among the rice fields and mountains, many buried deep below the surface.

Creative Solutions to Laos’ Ongoing Problem with Conflict Weapons
[Triple Pundit] Bombs were dropped on Laos every eight minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine years; or the equivalent of 1,000 pounds for every Laotian person. But very few know about this outside of Laos.

Lebanon
UK Conman to Pay Compensation to UNIFIL for Fake Bomb Detectors
[Daily Star] A U.K. court ordered a 60-year-old fraudster to pay back around £8 million ($11 million) for selling fake bomb detectors to war-torn countries, including the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

Sri Lanka
Cluster Bombs Used in Sri Lanka's Civil War, Leaked Photos Suggest
[Guardian] Images that appear to confirm the use of cluster bombs in the end stages of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war have been uncovered as new testimony emerged suggesting the country’s armed forces may have deployed the munition against civilians.

Vietnam
Vietnam to Publish Unexploded Ordnance Map to Curb Casualties
[Thanhnien News] Vietnam, where incidents linked to unexploded ordnance kill more than 1,500 people and maim another 2,200 a year, is set to publish a map showing all the high-risk sites soon in an effort to cut the number of deadly blasts. 

EUROPE

Bosnia and Herzegovina 
EUCOM’s Humanitarian Mine Action: Informing the Public in Bosnia and Herzegovina
[DVIDS] Members of the Maryland National Guard worked with the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AF BiH) June 13-17, 2016, to train their public affairs officers on equipment provided under European Command’s Humanitarian Mine Action program. 

UK
Depth Charge: How Seabed Bombs Are Driving Offshore Innovation
[Engineer] In May 2016 the residents of a quiet street in Oxford became the latest participants in a drama played out somewhere in the UK on an almost monthly basis: a mass evacuation triggered by the discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb.

GLOBAL

Minesweepers Competition: Towards a Landmine-Free World
[IEEE-RAS] Robotic competitions provide inspirational and motivational platforms for students, researchers and laypersons alike, to present their work to a wider forum with extensive media coverage. In order to foster robotics research and its applications in the area of humanitarian demining, Minesweepers: Towards a Landmine-free World was created as the first outdoor robotic competition on humanitarian demining. 

Over US$28 Billion Invested in Companies That Produce Internationally Banned Cluster Bombs
[CMC] Despite the international ban on cluster munitions, 158 financial institutions invested more than US$28 billion in seven producers of the weapons between 1 June 2012 and 8 April 2016, according to a report launched today. 

JP Morgan and Bank of America in Cluster Bomb Investors 'Hall of Shame'
[Guardian] More than 150 financial institutions including JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America invested $28bn in companies that produce cluster bombs despite an international ban, according to a new report by the Netherlands-based peace organization PAX.

 

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