Connecting the Dots-Detailed Guidance

Posted on June 30, 2011


Connecting the Dots – Detailed Guidance


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To make the most of the victim assistance through the Mine Ban Treaty, Convention on Cluster Munitions and  the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities  it is necessary to take steps both to improve victim assistance and to promote the broader rights of persons with disabilities. The document provides a practical guide to making such connections.

Other sources used that offer guidance on best practices when implementing these treaties as starting points, include the Cartagena Action Plan 2010-2014 , the Recommendations on Implementing the Mine Ban Treaty Cartagena Action Plan presented by the Co-Chairs of the Mine Ban Treaty’s Standing Committee on Victim Assistance in 2009, and the Convention on Cluster Munitions’  Vientiane Action Plan.

This guide will:

  • Outline the general connections between the three treaties;
  • Explore the connections between the treaties around each of the three thematic areas of accessibility, employment and education which can both enhance the implementation of victim assistance and the fulfillment of the rights of persons with disabilities;
  • Provide examples of gaps in policy and practice experienced in these same three thematic areas;
  • Look at how these treaties and their action plans can be applied at the national level through advocacy, policy and legislation.

Finally, Annex A, parts I and II, takes a deeper look at accessibility and presents a case study from Uganda to provide guidance on how to tackle barriers to implementation, based on the experience in promoting accessibility in their countries gained by landmine and cluster munition survivors. Annex B shows current treaty status of relevant states with survivors.

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