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The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), the global movement to eradicate antipersonnel landmines reached a major milestone when Burkina Faso became the fortieth nation to ratify the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty Wednesday, 16 September 1998.


 1997 Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, 
Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines 
and on their Destruction

1 March 1999

As of 3rd September 2003

136 countries have ratified or acceded 

Global use of antipersonnel mines fell dramatically
in the past year, while funding for mine clearance increased 30 percent,
according to the latest annual report by the International Campaign to
Ban Landmines (ICBL).

"We are making tremendous strides in getting rid of antipersonnel
landmines and in saving lives and limbs in every region of the world,"
said ICBL Ambassador Jody Williams, who shared the 1997 Nobel Peace
Prize with the ICBL. "However, there is no room for complacency. Some
countries still refuse to abide by the new international standard
rejecting antipersonnel mines. Mines are still being laid and the
number of mine victims around the world increases every day."

According to the 826-page Landmine Monitor Report 2003, more than 52
million stockpiled antipersonnel mines have been destroyed by 69
countries, including four million in the past year, the number of
countries producing the weapon has decreased from more than fifty to 15,
and there have been no significant exports of antipersonnel mines since
the mid-1990s. Mine clearance and other mine action programs have
expanded, and there are fewer new mine casualties annually than in the

There are now 136 countries that have ratified or acceded to the 1997
Mine Ban Treaty, which prohibits use, production, trade and stockpiling
of antipersonnel mines, and requires destruction of mines in the ground
within ten years. Ten countries ratified or acceded since the last
annual report, including Afghanistan, one of the most heavily mined
nations in the world. Belarus is the most recent to join, on 3
September 2003. Belarus has a stockpile of more than 4 million
antipersonnel mines, the sixth biggest in the world. In addition to the
136, another 12 countries have signed but not yet ratified the treaty.

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"It is fitting that this treaty will enter into force faster than 
any other major treaty in history. This accomplishment 
underscores the urgency of dealing with the global 
landmine crisis and the strength of the new international 
standard against this insidious weapon.
Jody Williams, ICBL Ambassador


Send the International Campaign to Ban Landmines a message of thanks for all their hard work trying to make the world a safer place to live in. Visit their website and support their work.

Or write: Liz Bernstein (Coordinator)
International Campaign to Ban Landmines,
110 Maryland Ave NE, Suite 540, Box 6,
Washington, DC  20002.

Tel: +1 202 547 2667
Fax: +1 202 547 2687

The ICBL 'Ban Bus Tour' has now finished,

go here to find out the details.


All photographs and design
by Tim Grant
 updated 6/11/02