ICRC updates—Victim Assistance Should be Strengthened

Posted on December 22, 2012

Assistance to Landmines Victims Should be Strengthened, opening address by Peter Maurer, president of the ICRC at the 12MSP: While there has been encouraging progress on implementing the Convention’s victim assistance requirements, no amount of fine words and encouraging facts and figures will change the harsh reality of life for people permanently disabled by such weapons, and who have little if any access to the services they need.

Also, read an interview with Claude Tardif, head of the ICRC’s physical rehabilitation programme:  War disabled: fresh commitment needed to ensure sustainable support.

In 2013, the ICRC will continue to support 12 countries that are party to the Mine Ban Convention (Afghanistan, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq, South Sudan, Sudan and Yemen). In addition, the ICRC supports the provision of services for landmine survivors in five States not party to the Convention: China, India, Pakistan, Myanmar and Nepal.

ICRC database on customary international humanitarian law – new update of State practice,  The following countries are included in the latest update: Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Djibouti, El Salvador, Guatemala, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Serbia, the former State of Serbia and Montenegro, Senegal, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay, and Viet Nam. See also: Customary IHL: Landmines

Every landmine in the ground is a threat to civilians:

Kathleen Lawand, the head of the ICRC’s Arms Unit, explains the outcome of  the 12th meeting of States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty.