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Angola ratified the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty on July 5, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo acceded to the treaty on May 2. The treaty now has 125 State Parties, while another 18 countries have signed but not yet ratified this landmark agreement. HRW is working with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines to reach an ambitious goal of 135 State Parties by the time of the Fourth Meeting of State Parties to the treaty, which opens in Geneva on September 18. Just prior to this meeting, HRW will release the fourth annual Landmine Monitor Report. The report documents nations' compliance with the Mine Ban Treaty and the humanitarian response to the global landmine crisis.

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