CISR Director attends ceremony declaring Jordan landmine impact-free
Harrisonburg, VA (April 23, 2012) – From April 22-26, CISR Director Ken Rutherford will visit Jordan to congratulate the country on its landmine impact-free status. He will join dignitaries and leaders from around the world at the Baptismal Site in Jordan to celebrate “Mine Free Day” on April 24.
Jordan was one of the first countries in the Middle East to sign and ratify the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention in 1998. Clearance operations commenced earlier, in 1993, under the direction of Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein. Over nearly two decades, the National Committee for De-mining and Rehabilitation removed 305,000 anti-personnel and anti-tank mines from Jordan’s western and northern borders. The mines laid in the region stem from conflicts with Israel and Syria during the 1960s and 1970s. Jordan is home to more than 750 landmine and ERW survivors.
Under the AP Mine Ban Treaty and in compliance with the NCDR’s National Plan, Jordan declared in June 2010 to set a May 2012 deadline to complete clearance of all known mines. However the country met its goal early, on March 21 of this year. CISR has worked closely with the NCDR and U.S. Department of State Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/WRA) to raise mine awareness and offer victim assistance in Jordan. CISR has assisted with three Explosive Remnants of War Training Courses in Amman, Jordan implemented by the NCDR; the latest was held in October 2011. In partnership with the NCDR and Life Line Consultancy and Rehabilitation, and with support from PM/WRA, CISR also helped implement “We Love Life”, a mine-risk education play performed 29 times in Jordan’s mine-affected regions in 2009-2010.
CISR was founded at JMU in 1996 as the Mine Action Information Center and became CISR in 2008. CISR specializes in research, education, information exchange and training related to the international effort to combat the effects of landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW), and recovery from conflict and trauma.