“Bridges”: Stronger Support of Landmine Survivors

Posted on April 23, 2015

At an event  in Geneva on 23 April, convened by Costa Rica, the Chair of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention’s Committee on Victim Assistance, experts explored ways to follow-up on the Bridges between Worlds global conference that took place in Medellin, Colombia in April 2014. Experts called for global discussions on supporting landmine survivors to be converted into a template for action at the national level.

Bridges between Worlds aimed to advance the international community’s understanding regarding the place of assistance to victims of mines and other explosive remnants of war in broader contexts. It was held further to the understanding of the States Parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention that victim assistance should be integrated into broader national policies, plans and legal frameworks related to human rights, disability, health, education, employment, development and poverty reduction.

Experts recalled that Bridges between Worlds reaffirmed that, while assisting landmine victims is a specific promise made through the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, victim assistance is not as world unto itself. Rather, it is part of – or should be part of – other worlds.

Experts pointed to some concrete suggestions that would lead to a difference being made at the national level. These suggestions included establishing strategies and plans – and doing so in a manner that is inclusive of persons with disabilities, collaborating with the capacity that has been built as a result of human rights treaty body reform to assist States in reporting on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and drawing from the recommendations of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as a road map for action.

Read the full text on the ISU website: Experts Call for Stronger Bridges to be Built in Support of Landmine Survivors

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