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This briefing note looks at the threat posed to civilians, including deminers, from landmines used in the current conflict between forces of Muammar Gaddafi and opposition rebels.

This briefing note was first issued by HRW on May 10, 2011. An updated version was issued on June 3, 2011.

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The de facto opposition authority in Libya, the National Transitional Council, has formally pledged not to use antipersonnel and antivehicle landmines.

(New York) – The de facto opposition authority in Libya, the National Transitional Council, has formally pledged not to use antipersonnel and antivehicle landmines,¬† Human Rights Watch said today. The council also promised to destroy all mines in its forces’ possession.

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 Eastern Libya is littered with massive amounts of unexploded ordnance, abandoned and unsecured weapons and munitions, and recently-laid landmines from the fighting since February 2011, posing a great threat to civilians.

(New York) – Eastern Libya is littered with massive amounts of unexploded ordnance, abandoned and unsecured weapons and munitions, and recently-laid landmines from the fighting since February 2011, posing a great threat to civilians, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Thank you Chairperson,

Today is the international Mine Awareness and Mine Action day, but new unsettling developments mark a disturbing way to commemorate it.

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Muammar Gaddafi’s forces have laid both antipersonnel and antivehicle mines during the current conflict with armed opposition groups.

The ongoing review of United States landmine policy should result in a decision to ban all types of antipersonnel landmines. March 1, 2011, will mark 12 years since the international treaty banning antipersonnel mines became binding international law.

(Washington, DC) The ongoing review of United States landmine policy should result in a decision to ban all types of antipersonnel landmines, Human Rights Watch said today. March 1, 2011, will mark 12 years since the international treaty banning antipersonnel mines became binding international law.

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Fifteen Nobel Peace Prize recipients have sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to ban antipersonnel landmines.

UPDATE:

On December 3rd, Burma’s recently freed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi added her name to the list of 15 other Nobel Peace Laureates who signed a letter sent November 30th to President Obama calling on the United States to join the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty.

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