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Since antipersonnel landmines were banned by a majority of nations 15 years ago via an international treaty, their use even by those outside the treaty has become rare, as it has become widely stigmatized. Even officials from the US, which has not banned landmines, have often expressed concern at new mine use. In 2012, for example, Susan Rice, then US ambassador to the UN, described reports that the Syrian government had used antipersonnel mines on its borders with Lebanon and Turkey as “horrific.”

Yet the US remains one of three-dozen countries that have yet to join the Mine Ban Treaty [PDF]. It is baffling: the US, which has not used antipersonnel mines in more than two decades, is the only member of NATO that has not banned them.

In December 2009, a State Department official informed [PDF] the Second Review Conference of the Mine Ban Treaty that a comprehensive review of US landmine policy had been “initiated at the direction of President Obama.” The review is examining whether the US should relinquish antipersonnel landmines and accede to the treaty.

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CISR Director Dr. Ken Rutherford will be speaking next week in Croatia on the background of international mine action and humanitarian demining.

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Did you know that the Department of State uses 3-D printing technology to create models of landmines and military ordnance to train demining technicians on how to safely clear explosive remnants of war in post-conflict countries around the world?

Learn more about the Department of State’s efforts in STEM on DipNote and at www.state.gov/stem.

CISR Associate Director Dr. Suzanne Fiederlein attended the 17th International Meeting of Mine Action National Programme Directors and U.N. Advisors in Geneva from March 31–April 2, 2014.

In partnership with James Madison University’s College of Business, Fiederlein led the session with Dr. Paula Daly: “Transitioning to a Regional Senior Managers’ Course - What It Means for You.” Thanks to CISR’s partners at the Tajikistan National Mine Action Centre, the series will begin with a regional course in Tajikistan in May 2014.

The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/WRA) will continue sponsoring the SMC as well as additional courses and regions to be decided.

A highlight from the meeting was seeing so many SMC-ERWTC graduates, many who have stayed in touch with CISR, and were making presentations and holding meetings with U.N., nongovernmental and donor-government officials.

For more information, please visit http://www.jmu.edu/cisr/programs/training.shtml.

Bridges Between Worlds Conference

April 3–4 | Medellín, Colombia

CISR attended the global conference last week on Assisting Landmine and Other Explosive Remnants of War Victims and Survivors in the Context of Disability Rights and Other Domains organized by the Implementation Support Unit for the Landmine Ban Convention.

CISR Director Dr. Ken Rutherford served as moderator of the panel “Ways and Means to Assist and Guarantee Rights: Removing Barriers.” The panelists included Gilles Delecourt (Handicap International), Richardo Becerra (Advisor on University Design for the Bogota Disability Technical Secretary), Megan Burke (ICBL and CMC), Steve Estey (former chairperson of Mines Action Canada) and Candria Goffin (Uganda National Action of Physical Disability). 

Rutherford also presented on the panel “Enhancing the Bridge Between Mine/ERW Victim Assistance and Approaches to Health Care and Psycho-social Support.”

LEND YOUR LEG
You’re invited to Friday’s flash-mob! 
James Madison University students and staff will take a “Lend Your Leg” photo with one pant leg rolled up in support of landmine survivors and in commemoration of International Mine Awareness Day.
April 4 | 1 p.m. | Commons

LEND YOUR LEG

You’re invited to Friday’s flash-mob! 

James Madison University students and staff will take a “Lend Your Leg” photo with one pant leg rolled up in support of landmine survivors and in commemoration of International Mine Awareness Day.


April 4 | 1 p.m. | Commons

united-nations:

There are approximately 110 million active mines in the world — one for every 17 children or for every 52 adults. Friday is the International Day of Mine Awareness & Assistance in Mine Action.

Share this to spread the word and help realize a world with no more mines at www.unmas.org

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CISR’s Dr. Ken Rutherford will be a moderator and panelist this week at the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention's Bridges Between Worlds Global Conference in Medellin, Colombia.