Antipersonnel landmines are weapons that cannot discriminate between a civilian or a soldier, and wind up killing and maiming civilians that step on them or pick them up long after a conflict. The 1997 Mine Ban Treaty comprehensively bans the use, production, stockpiling, and transfer of antipersonnel mines, and requires states to destroy their stockpiles and clear all mined areas as well as assist landmine survivors. A total of 162 states have joined the Mine Ban Treaty and are making progress in achieving a mine-free world. The United States has banned production and transfer of antipersonnel mines, but has yet to sign the Mine Ban Treaty.
Human Rights Watch is a founding member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), 1997 Nobel Peace Co-Laureate together with its coordinator Jody Williams. It chairs the US Campaign to Ban Landmines and contributes to the ICBL’s annual Landmine Monitor report.