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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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Submission to the UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons

This submission is based on Human Rights Watch research on human rights issues impacting older women,[1] including domestic violence, abuse, and neglect in residential institutions for older people, abuses during armed conflict, and health disparities…
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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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Inquiry into Aged Care Quality and Safety on the Impact of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) on the Aged Care Sector

Summary This submission by Human Rights Watch to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (the “Royal Commission”) focuses on the impact of Covid-19 on people living with dementia in aged care facilities in Australia. Of particular…
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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 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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Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons

Human Rights Watch welcomes the Independent Expert’s report,[1] and agree with her conclusions that older persons face particular challenges in the enjoyment of their human rights, and that these challenges need to be addressed urgently.[2] The challenges…