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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

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 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.…
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Delivered by Mary Wareham, Advocacy Director

Mr. President,
 
 Stockpile destruction is undoubtedly one of the great success stories of the Mine Ban Treaty. Under the Mine Ban Treaty, a total of 93 States Parties have collectively destroyed more than 55 million antipersonnel landmines from…
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Delivered by Steve Goose, Director

We appreciate that the Committee on Cooperative Compliance continues to be diligent in carrying out its work, and that it reports on its efforts in such detail. Over the years, it has looked into allegations of use of antipersonnel mines by five States…
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Delivered by Mark Hiznay, Associate Director

Mr. President,
 
 The upcoming Fourth Review Conference will herald progress toward the goal of a mine free 2025. Since the Third Review Conference in 2014, 6 additional states have declared completion of stockpile destruction, bringing the total…
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Delivered by Mary Wareham, Advocacy Director, Arms Division

Thank you.
 
 The requirement to destroy all stockpiled antipersonnel landmines within the firm and relatively short deadline with no possibility for extension is a remarkable provision of the Mine Ban Treaty. With a few notable and regrettable…
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Delivered by Steve Goose, Executive Director, Arms Division

Thank you for the floor.
 
 We thank the Committee on Cooperative Compliance for its important work, and also thank it for the opportunity for the ICBL and its members to contribute to the process.
 
 This is a good time to remind…
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Delivered by Steve Goose, Director

Thank you for the floor, Mr. President.
 
 We thank the Committee on Cooperative Compliance for its diligent and important work, and also thank it for the opportunity for the ICBL and its members to contribute to the process.
 
 There is…
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Delivered by Steve Goose, Director

Thank you Madam President for giving us the floor a second time for a short statement.
 
 We want to express our appreciation for the cascade of interventions we have just heard on Ukraine. It was an extraordinary chorus of voices speaking as one…
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Delivered by Steve Goose, Director

Mr. President,
 
 The ICBL has often remarked that the overall, long-term record of compliance with the Mine Ban Treaty has been exemplary, and that its model of cooperative compliance has proven itself to be a winner.
 
 That record has…
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Delivered by Steve Goose, Human Rights Watch for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines

Thank you Madame President, thank you very much for giving us the floor; that routine gesture takes on additional meaning this week.  We would like to comment on four things.
 
 First, improvised explosive devices, or IEDs.  There has already been…
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During its Consideration of the Third to Fifth Periodic Reports of the United States of America CAT 53rd Session


 I. Summary
 
 
  
 
 Human Rights Watch would like to express its appreciation to the United Nations
 
 Committee against Torture (the “Committee”) for this opportunity to provide information on the compliance of the…
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Delivered by Steve Goose, Director

Thank you Mr. President,
 
 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…