Mine Ban Treaty – 12 MSP

Posted on December 12, 2012

The Twelfth Meeting of States Parties (12MSP) to the Mine Ban Treaty featured landmine survivors prominently,

Survivors in Action Exhibit  Stall12 MSP

Campaigners and delegates using the ICBL Survivors in Acton Space

beginning with a statement in the opening session by ICBL Ambassador, Tun Channareth of Cambodia. Interventions by survivors from the ICBL delegation highlighted the humanitarian effects of antipersonnel landmines and underscored the reality that in mine-affected areas, survivors still have difficulty in accessing services and being included in their societies.

“Governments must do more to identify the gaps in services in order to address survivors needs,” said Margaret Arach Orech, ICBL Ambassador and Director of the Uganda Landmine Survivors Association. An alarming cut in victim assistance funding – 30 percent from 2010 to 2011 – was also cited as a major concern. See the ICBL Statement on Victim Assistance :

“Around the world, so many survivors need further education, training, loans, job placements, or other support. Existing programs often have limited capacity, are only available in urban areas, and sometimes exclude us because of our disability.”

Margaret Arach Orech, speaking on the need for improving the availability, accessibility and affordability of quality services. ©Convention’s ISU

“By the next Review Conference (2014), we want to hear what concrete steps states have taken to make such services available, accessible and inclusive. Survivors and civil society will be following your activities closely. Each state will have different news to report but all states must show progress.”

ICBL Statement on International Cooperation and Assistance:

“We understand that donors may be increasingly integrating victim assistance funding into broader disability and development funding, which is a logical development. At the same time, such funding may not necessarily translate into needed support for landmine victims, especially those living in remote areas that have not yet benefited from such development programs.”

“We have observed from states, field operators and survivors themselves that the drastic shortfall in funding to victim assistance last year was not counterbalanced by resources available through broader disability or development programming. That means that projects had to end or cut back services, and that clearly had an effect on landmine survivors.”

ICBL Statements are available on the ICBL website.

All victim assistance statements are available here on the APMineBanConvention website.

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