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Today's Mine Action News (7th September 2016)

Posted on September, 7 2016

AFRICA

Angola
The Most Mined Town in Africa: U.S. Assistance Helps Clear Landmines in Angola
[Dip Note] For many years, the Angolan town of Cuito Cuanavale was notorious for landmines, a tragic reminder of the country’s 40 years of conflict. But now, thanks in part to U.S. assistance, “Africa’s most mined town,” is making progress in addressing that deadly legacy of its history. Earlier this year, I visited to witness first-hand the life-changing demining work supported by the U.S. Department of State. 

Somalia
Improvised Explosive Devices Among Deadliest Threats to Security In Somalia 
[AMISOM]  The use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDS) by the insurgent militant group Al-Shabaab poses one of the deadliest threats to peace and security in Somalia, military experts at a seminar in the capital Mogadishu said Tuesday.

AMISOM Calls for Aid to Counter Use of IEDs in Somalia
[AMISOM] Countering the ongoing threat to life and security caused by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Somalia, will require additional resources from international partners as well as increased cordon and search operations and training for AMISOM and Somali security personnel on counter IEDs measures, according to military experts.

AMERICAS

Canada
Paterson: The landmines file is a test of Canada's global credibility
[Ottawa Citizen] Twenty years ago, Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy invited governments and civil society organizations to convene in Ottawa to sign the Ottawa Treaty.

United States
Last Remaining U.S. Maker of Cluster Bombs Stops Production
[Foreign Policy] The last remaining United States manufacturer of cluster bombs is ending production of the controversial weapon, citing regulatory scrutiny and reduced orders for the internationally banned munition.

ASIA

Cambodia
Farmer Killed by Old Anti-Tank Mine in Battambang
[Cambodia Daily] A cassava farmer bled to death in Battambang province on Thursday after driving his tractor over an old anti-tank mine while plowing his field, police said on Friday.

Lao PDR
Obama Announces $90 Million to Clear Laos' Unexploded Bombs
[CNN] President Barack Obama said Tuesday that US has an "obligation" to help Laos recover from a brutal secret bombing campaign that destroyed parts of the Southeast Asian nation.

Inside the US Effort to Clear Millions of Vietnam-Era Bombs in Laos
[VICE] Last spring, deep in the rainforest-tangled limestone mountains of Laos's Annamite Range, blasts from American cluster bombs ripped through the air as the jungle burned.

Palestine
隣り合う危険と笑顔 不発弾除去、日本支援
[Mainichi] 大久保武・パレスチナ関係担当大使は17、18の両日、こうした事業の現場を訪ねた。激戦地となった東部シュジャイヤ地区などでは、日本の支援を受けた「国連PKO局地雷対策サービス部」(UNMAS)が不発弾除去に取り組んでいた。

GLOBAL

Cluster Munition Monitor 2016
[landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor] This is the seventh annual Cluster Munition Monitor report. It is the sister publication to the Landmine Monitor report, which has been issued annually since 1999.

Implementing the Convention on Cluster Munitions
[HRW] More than one-quarter of the states parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions have adopted national implementation legislation, but much work remains to be done in this area.

Report: Syria, Yemen Still Using Banned Cluster Munitions
[VOA] Human Rights activists accuse Syria and Yemen of illegally using cluster munitions in violation of an international treaty. Documented evidence appears in the latest edition of the Cluster Munition Monitor 2016, which tracks the global use, production, stockpiling and trade of these banned weapons.

Annual Meeting on UN-backed Treaty Aims to Set Target Date for Cluster Bomb Abolition
[UN News Centre] An annual meeting of State Parties to the United Nations-backed pact banning cluster bombs opened in Geneva today, with a call to set a target date to achieve a world free of these explosive remnants of war that kill large numbers of civilians.

 

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