JRS urges nations to ban landmines

Fr. Bernard Arputhasamy, S.J., Regional Director of Jesuit Refugee Service – Asia Pacific, notes that the campaign to ban landmines is a priority for Jesuit Refugee Service.

Global adherence to the Mine Ban Treaty and Convention on Cluster Munitions is the only effective way to stop the use of antipersonnel landmines and cluster munitions, and to fully address the humanitarian consequences of past use of these weapons, the Nobel Peace Laureate International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) says.

“Raising awareness on landmines and explosive remnants of war is essential, but it is not enough,” said the ICBL’s Executive Director Sylvie Brigot. “Those who only pay lip service to dealing with these inhumane weapons need to get serious. Unless and until all countries in the world join the treaties banning landmines and cluster munitions, these weapons will continue to claim the lives and limbs of innocent civilians.”