|Banning Anti-Personnel Mines - The Ottawa Treaty Explained (International Committee of the Red Cross , 1998, 24 p.)|
* An additional two States (Equatorial Guinea and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) acceded directly to the Convention without first signing it.
Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, CdIvoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Holy See, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia. Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Niue, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela. Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
THE OTTAWA TREATY TO BAN LANDMINES.
It ranks among the cruellest inventions of all time.
The landmine. A device that not only terrorizes communities, but kills or maims over two thousand men, women and children every single month.
But the pain and suffering of these victims and their families has not gone unheeded.
The International Committee of the Red Cross, along with many other organizations, has been working tirelessly to bring about an end to the carnage. These efforts are now beginning to bear fruit.
At the United Nations General Assembly last year 155 countries gave their support to a total ban on anti-personnel mines.
In Oslo an international treaty was drawn up calling for a complete ban on these weapons.
And this December the Canadian Government is inviting all the countries of the world to Ottawa to sign this treaty banning the production, use, export and stockpiling of anti-personnel mines.
Millions of landmines have been laid. All we ask is for 192 pens to be picked up.
INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS (ICRC)
LANDMINES MUST BE STOPPED
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance. It directs and coordinates the international relief activities conducted by the Movement in situations of conflict. It also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening humanitarian law and universal humanitarian principles. Established in 1863, the ICRC is at the origin of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
For more information about mines and the ICRC campaign, consult the ICRC Web site at
or contact the
International Committee of the Red Cross
19, avenue de la Paix
Tel: ++41 22 730 2667
Fax: ++41 22 730 2830
INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS/GENEVA