Princess Astrid visits the REI Rehabilitation Centre for landmine survivors and other persons with disabilities in Cartagena, Colombia.
Geneva, Brussels 19 June 2013 – Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium, a longtime advocate of landmine survivors’ rights, will add her voice as Special Envoy representing the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, or Ottawa Convention, in worldwide efforts to promote the landmark treaty.
Princess Astrid who has been part of the landmine movement for more than a decade will promote the Convention at a diplomatic level in states that have not yet joined the treaty. “I feel honored in having been called to promote the need for universal adoption of the Convention,” said Princess Astrid.
“While landmine casualties have decreased in no small part thanks to the Convention, mines are still the source of dreadful damage and suffering upon individuals. In 2011 alone 4,286 new victims – or 12 victims everyday – were recorded, most of them civilians. It is clear that efforts need to continue to end the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of anti-personnel mines.”
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