• Antipersonnel landmines are indiscriminate weapons that have killed and maimed primarily civilians. The weapon cannot distinguish between a soldier during conflict and a civilian stumbling upon one even decades later. The 1997 Mine Ban Treaty comprehensively bans the use, production, stockpiling, and transfer of antipersonnel mines, and requires states to destroy their stockpiles within four years and to clear all mined areas within 10 years. The treaty also contains provisions to assist landmine survivors and to support mine risk education programs. A total of 162 states have joined the Mine Ban Treaty and are making progress in achieving a mine-free world.

    Human Rights Watch is a founding member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), which received the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to bring about the Mine Ban Treaty and for its contributions to a new international diplomacy based on humanitarian imperatives. Through its research and advocacy, Human Rights Watch is working to ensure that all states join the treaty and that its life-saving provisions are fully implemented.

    Take Action: Tell the United States that it's time to ban antipersonnel landmines and join the Mine Ban Treaty.

    Read more about which states have taken action to eliminate landmines in Landmine Monitor.

  • Jun 27, 2014
    The Obama administration has made a commitment to take several steps that may ultimately allow the United States to accede to the Mine Ban Treaty, Human Rights Watch said today. The US Ambassador to Mozambique made the announcement on June 27, 2014 at the Mine Ban Treaty’s Third Review Conference in Maputo, which the US is attending as an observer.
  • Jun 19, 2014
    The administration of President Barack Obama should conclude a five-year-long policy review and announce a decision to join the treaty to ban landmines.

Reports

Landmines

  • Jun 27, 2014
    It gives me great pleasure to return to Maputo, where I had the honor of delivering the keynote address for the ICBL in 1999 during the First Meeting of States Parties. That was a very exciting time, one filled with ambition and creativity, with deep commitment and conviction, and with great optimism that the new form of diplomacy we were pioneering, now called humanitarian disarmament, would succeed in ending the global scourge caused by antipersonnel landmines.
  • Jun 27, 2014
    The Obama administration has made a commitment to take several steps that may ultimately allow the United States to accede to the Mine Ban Treaty, Human Rights Watch said today. The US Ambassador to Mozambique made the announcement on June 27, 2014 at the Mine Ban Treaty’s Third Review Conference in Maputo, which the US is attending as an observer.
  • Jun 19, 2014
    The administration of President Barack Obama should conclude a five-year-long policy review and announce a decision to join the treaty to ban landmines.
  • Apr 19, 2014
    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.
  • Apr 10, 2014
    The Mine Ban Treaty has been successful in no small part because it has been characterized by the adoption of creative, flexible, and adaptable informal structures and mechanisms to carry out its work. It has operated this way in order to maximize the humanitarian impact of the treaty.
  • Apr 9, 2014
    Statement made by Steve Goose at the intersessional meeting of the Mine Ban Treaty in Geneva
  • Apr 8, 2014
    Memorandum to Mine Ban Treaty Delegates, April 2014
  • Apr 4, 2014
    She was just six when a landmine exploded beneath her in a Cambodian rice paddy, destroying her right leg. We met when she was barely a teenager as she started advocating a ban on the weapon responsible and went on to play a central role in the international campaign that resulted in the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty.
  • Apr 2, 2014
    The Obama administration should conclude its years-long review of US policy on antipersonnel landmines with a decision to ban the weapon and join the international ban treaty, Human Rights Watch said today, on the eve of the International Day for Mine Action.
  • Mar 28, 2014
    We are writing to urge you to promptly conclude the policy review on banning antipersonnel landmines so that the United States can announce the results by the Third Review Conference of the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, which opens in Maputo, Mozambique on June 23, 2014.