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Delivered by Bonnie Docherty, Senior Researcher

On behalf of: Article 36, Asociación para Políticas Públicas, Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas, Conflict and Environment Observatory, Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic, Human Rights Watch, Mines Action Canada, PAX, Seguridad Humana en…
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Delivered by Steve Goose, Executive Director

The record of compliance with the Mine Ban Treaty by States Parties is praiseworthy, particularly with respect to the comprehensive bans on use, production, and trade. But, there are serious compliance concerns, as States Parties recognized at the 2019…
A mine field in Sri Lanka is marked with Danger! Mines! signs and caution tape.
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Delivered by Steve Goose, Executive Director, on behalf of the International Network on Explosive Weapons

Section 3, and especially 3.3, is the heart of the Political Declaration. The strength of Section 3 – of the operative commitments – will determine the eventual effectiveness and success of the Declaration. Clarity and boldness are needed here more than…
MENA Syria Aleppo old city destruction October 2016
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Delivered by Steve Goose, Executive Director

Ten years into its life, the Convention on Cluster Munitions has made and is making a real difference, a real difference in eradicating these indiscriminate weapons and a real difference in saving lives and promoting sustainable development. Yet, there…
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Delivered by Steve Goose, Executive Director

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines would like to congratulate States Parties and the Implementation Support Unit for finding a way to make this Meeting of States Parties happen during these difficult times. It is yet another example of the…
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Delivered by Bonnie Docherty, Senior Researcher

Thank you, Chairperson.  As states have debated whether to hold formal discussions on incendiary weapons, victims have lived with the weapons’ cruel and long-term effects. The immediate impacts of incendiary weapons, which burn people and set…
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Item 3 interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on summary executions - 9 July 2020

Thank you, Madam President. Human Rights Watch welcomes the report of the Special Rapporteur and the recommendation to adopt a strong political declaration on strengthening the protection of civilians from the harm arising from the use of explosive…
Delegates sit at the opening of the 41th session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, June 24, 2019.
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Delivered by Steve Goose, Arms Division Executive Director

The overall record of compliance with the Mine Ban Treaty by States Parties is very impressive. There have been no allegations of use of antipersonnel mines in many years and just one confirmed instance of use by a State Party—Yemen, nearly a decade ago.…