Landmines, Internet freedom, Syria keep Geneva busy this week (correction)

(Land mine information corrected) GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva’s international profile was particularly high during the past week. The Human Rights Council condemned Syria but also highlighted growing concerns over Sri Lanka, the World Trade Organization picked up the Acta Internet freedom debate, Cern announced it will be using cloud computing to help handle massive LHC […]

Demining group condemns Syria’s new Lebanese border mines

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Syria has reportedly become the fourth nation to lay down new landmines in 2011, according to ICBL, the Nobel Peace Prize International Coalition to Ban Landmines, which has strongly condemned the development. Reports have been surfacing, starting the last weekend in October, that Syria has put down antipersonnel land mines along its […]

Nobel Prize group condemns Israel for planting new landmines

The ICBL calls on Israel to immediately clear its minefields GENEVA, SWITZERLAND -  The Nobel Peace Prize laureat group International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) has lashed out at Israel for planting new mines, for the first time in over a decade, in the Golan Heights, near the Israeli-Syrian border. Libya and Myanmar are the […]

Landmines attacked on two fronts to diminish their impact

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Landmine groups meeting in Cambodia this week are calling for more countries to sign the 1997 Landmine Ban Treaty. They are marking International Mine Awareness Day 4 April by drawing attention to the case of Cambodia, one of the world’s most heavily affected countries, with 44,000 survivors. States Parties the convention, […]

Libya using anti-personnel mines, says Geneva group

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Libya has been laying new landmines, says Geneva-based International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL). The group said in a statement issued Thursday 31 March that it strongly condemns “the reported use of antipersonnel mines by the Libyan Armed Forces in recent fighting with rebels in eastern Libya.” More than 50 antipersonnel […]

Landmine groups pressure US to commit to ban

US delegation at the Cartagena Summit - Photo APMBC

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Dozens of members of ICBL, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines, visited US embassies and missions around the world Monday 1 March to encourage the US government to sign the Mine Ban Treaty. The treaty became international law in March 1999, just 15 months after it was adopted, […]