This international treaty was created with the view toward ending the suffering and death caused by anti-personnel landmines
"that kill or maim hundreds of people each week, mostly innocent and defenseless civilians and especially children; obstruct economic development and reconstruction; inhibit the repatriation of refugees and internally displaced persons; and have other severe consequences for years after emplacement."
I believe that Canada's recent initiative to ban anti-personnel landmines
represents a similar mistake.
policy on anti-personnel landmines
and non-lethal weapons.
and get rid of its stockpiles of these weaponries.
He said the firefight lasted for about five minutes which resulted to the capture of another anti-personnel landmine
of the NPA.
As a result of custodial debriefing from the said personalities, a follow-up operation was conducted and resulted in the recovery of the following war materials: a CAP2 anti-personnel landmine
(IED), a cal.38 revolver and 400 rounds of 5.56 linked ammunition
To begin with, there already are some provisions in international law to declare some weapons as illegitimate by definition and thus not to be acquired by any state - chemical and biological weapons are a case in point; the current Canadian-led "Ottawa process" to outlaw anti-personnel landmines
and add them to the list of certain conventional weapons that are unlawful in all circumstances is another case; and the acquisition of nuclear weapons is explicitly prohibited for all states party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, except for the five traditional nuclear weapons states, and the 1996 ruling of the World Court raises doubts about the legality of any nuclear weapons.
Canada will host an international treaty conference in Ottawa December 2-4 aimed at a complete ban on anti-personnel landmines
- their production, export, stockpiling, and use.
On 31 January 1997, the Canadian Conference on Humanitarian Demining and Landmine Victim Assistance -- organized by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as part of the Canadian government effort to build support for an international ban on anti-personnel landmines
-- took place in Winnipeg.
used in Mozambique were manufactured by no less than 19 countries (this does not include the category of anti-tank mines).
People around the world are angry that the clear humanitarian crisis caused by anti-personnel landmines
did not result in an immediate and outright global prohibition of these weapons.
According to officials, Canada has not produced anti-personnel landmines
since 1992, exported them since 1987 or used them since the Korean War (in the 1950s).