Antipersonnel landmines are weapons that cannot discriminate between a civilian or a soldier. They are designed to be exploded by the presence, proximity, or contact of a person. 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 164 states have joined the Mine Ban Treaty and are making progress in achieving a mine-free world. Despite banning production, acquisition and transfer of antipersonnel mines as well as their use except in the Korean Peninsula, the United States 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, and contributes to its Landmine Monitor report. 

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    저는 1997년에 노벨평화상을 수상한 국제 민간기구인 국제지뢰금지운동(International Campaign to Ban Landmines)을 대표하여 최근 비무장지대 내 일부 지역에서 이루어지고 있는 지뢰제거 활동과 관련하여 이 서신을 드립니다. 공동경비구역과 화살머리고지에서의 남북간 공동 지뢰제거 작업은 긍정적인 단계이나, 우리는 그러한 지역이 비무장지대 내에 매설된 전체 지뢰의 아주 적은 부분에 불과하다는 점을 지적하고자 합니다.