Phongsavath discussing with Ms Julie Bishop at COPE
Ms. Julie Bishop, the Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs and her delegation arrived in Laos on July 4 for a two day official visit in response to an invitation from the Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Thongloun Sisoulith. On July 5 during her Excellency visit to the COPE visitor centre, Ms. Bishop met with a cluster munition survivor and...
Mine Action Canada made a video involving Youth project representative to call on delegates present in Maputo to finish the Job! The Third review conference therefore appeared as the best opportunity to screen the youth video statement in the plenary room. It was welcome by a lot of applause and found punchy by people present. Together with Youth...
Umarbek giving the speech
Survivors share hopes and recommendations at Maputo Conference The Maputo Action Plan and discussions during the Maputo Conference have emphasized the importance of survivor participation in all aspects of public life, and in decisions that affect their lives. Five survivors of landmine and cluster munitions delivered personal messages on the...
Seevanh and Rahmat animating the ICBL morning briefing
Some of the Ban advocates have come to Maputo for the Third Review conference on the Mine Ban Treaty (MBT). Held in Mozambique from the 23rd to the 27th June 2014, this conference is of paramount importance for the convention since it will review and assess progresses, successes, challenges and evaluate the way forward for the MBT for the next 5...
Rahmat discussing the CRPD in his subgroup
The meeting held by ICBL on Using Monitoring and Reporting to Promote the Rights of Survivors and other Persons with Disabilities: CRPD—MBT—CCM echoed what the Ban Advocates have learned during the Workshop held in Vietnam in March 2014. Indeed, the main topic was to realize and analyze how synergies and linkages could be made between...
Anniversary of the bombing of the urban settlement of Duvaniste Members of Association of Action and Aid celebrated today the 15th anniversary of the bombing by cluster bombs of the area Duvaniste during 1999.  Activists have taken the opportunity to join the procession organized and to discuss with the audience the meaning and the importance...
Lynn Bradach
I spent four days in Geneva attending the intersessionals for Cluster Munitions and Landmines.  Of course it is a great source of disappointment and sadness for me that the US does not even attend the meetings on the CCM.  But I was happy to see them among the delegates in sessions for the Ottawa Treaty and to hear that they might be in...
Lynn handing out the letter to Mr.  Steve Costner, the US delegate
During the Mine Ban Treaty  Intersessional meeting held in Geneva this week, Lynn Bradach, a victim from USA, has decided to make a strong call to her government to urge and encourage them to finalize their Landmines Policy Review and to commit to add the US name to the list of State Parties to the treaty at the Maputo Third Review Conference...
Lynn gave the statement on Victim Assistance on behalf of ICBL-CMC during the ISC meeting taking place in Geneva for the CCM. Please read below:    Statement on Victim Assistance                           ...
Lynn joined the HI team as well as BA Umedjon Naimov and the rest of ICBL-CMC campaigners for the Convention on Cluster Munitions Intersessionals (7-9/04) and the Mine Ban Treaty Intersessional meetings and Second Preparatory Meeting for the Review Conference (9-10/04). She wanted to share with us some of her expectations for the week "I...
Photo exhibition for the 4th April in Nis
On the occasion of the International Mine Awareness Day, the association "Action and Aid" organized a photo exhibition in the center of Nis at King Milan Square called "Lend your leg" People from Nis led by stickers symbolizing the horrors of the use of mines, could see 40 photos taken by authors from Nis, from Serbia and from...
The art installation
Umedjon took part to the  HI Germany lend your leg activities this year which connected art and reality. On a square of Berlin, a wonderful art installation - which was created by a befriended artist-  was progressively filled up by the team and the voluneers present that day, including BA representative Umedjon Naimov,  as a symbol...
HI team lending their legs
In the lead up to the Mine Ban Treaty’s Third Review Conference in June, the Lao Ban Advocates (BA), a group of cluster munition survivors supported by Handicap International, marked the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action with the Lend Your Leg campaign. This campaign aims to show solidarity and support to the...
H.E. Amb. Imomudin Sattorov, Eva and Umedjon
Together with Eva Fisher from HI Germany, I met the Tajik Ambassador in Berlin, H.E. Amb. Imomudin Sattorov who kindly accpeted to receive us for the visit and to take time to discuss with us. It was an opportunity for me to first tell him my story and how I became engaged in doing advocacy at national and international level. I also took this...
Sladjan and Dejan
Laying of a wreath at the memorial in Nis , Association " Action and Aid " marked the 15th anniversary of the bombing of FR Yugoslavia in 1999. Activists of the Association "Action and Aid " Sladjan Vuckovic and Dejan Dikic , long-time active advocates  for the promotion of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, by laying of...
Norbert presenting the peer support groups
On 15th March-2014, we had a whole day devoted to Psycho-social support with two main focus: one more on the theoretical aspect, the knowledge of the notions and on the other hand, the focus was on practical activities. We were, as a group, also really pleased to welcome Mr Thuan from the Association from the Empowerment of the People with...
Visit of Thi's association
Day four of the workshop greated us with clouds and drizzle but did not dampen the spirits of the Ban Advocates because today was not going to be spent in the classroom.  We were actually headed out to the field! First stop of the day was in Thi's village. The village is located in the Quang Tri province, one that saw some the bloodiest...
Thoummy making his presentation
On 13, March, 2014, the day started with a session on Fundraising. Thanks to a presentation, we could discover the types of funding, both private and public. This was a great opportunity for us to share experience in some initiatives taken by members of the BAs group in trying to mobilizing the larger public and private companies in accompanying...
Lynn and Rahmat at the WS
“Xin chào”-hello everyone,   My name is Pham Quy Thi, a cluster munitions survivor from Quang Tri province, Vietnam. Today, I would like to share with everyone about some of my impressions for the training session today held in the very beautiful city of Hue, Vietnam. I found it really helpful learning about various skills for...
BA Workshop Day 1
First day of the training. We started with an introduction of all the themes and sessions that will be developped during the training which was very important and interesting for all the workshop's participants. Indeed,  all necessary logistic information were shared by Jeanne Battello and were very understandable for all of us. Besides,...
8th of March celebration in Nis
NGO "Action and Aid" held today, on the 8th f March, a campaigning action during which they distributed leaflets in the center of Nis so to mark the International Women's Day.The association is actively engaged in advocacy work to ban cluster munitions and landmines and advocate for rights of the victims of such weapons. With this...
Victim of CM © Action and Aid
As part of the celebration of International Human Rights on December 10th, activists of Association Action and Aid organized the distribution of flyers in the streets of the city of Nis which drew attention to the problem and the fact that Serbia, though being a State victim of cluster munitions, still has not signed the Convention. Action and Aid...
On the 6th of December, the Tajikistan Centre to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions (TCBL) organized a workshop devoted to the 3rd of December, International Day of Disability. The event was set up with support of Handicap International Ban Advocates small grants and in coordination with Tajikistan National University. The workshop was attended...
Speech BA Geneva © ICBL
When you return in your country (Tadjikistan) and people ask: “how did it go”, what will you answer? "This week in Geneva was a good experience for me. For example I gave a speech in the Plenary and at the HI side-event. After this week, when I go back to Tajikistan, I can inform the people about what happens here and what exactly...
When you return in your country (The United States) and people ask: “how did it go”, what will you answer?  “At the beginning here in Geneva I didn’t feel needed, but starting from Thursday I understood my job. This insight came to me when I spoke with the American delegation, and when I tried to convince them of the...
BAs Geneva © ICBL
When you return in your country (Lao PDR) and people ask: “how did it go”, what will you answer?  "The 13MSP was a good opportunity for me. When I go back home I can inform people about what happened here. We can teach them about other countries and their actions because many people in Lao don’t know the MBT and don...
Umedjon's speech
Yesterday evening, Umedjon gave a speech to share his experience as a mine survivor and as an active campaigner on the subject of mines. After having described the situation in his country, Tajikistan, and told his own story, he identified four main points that are essential to victims. First, victims need to have access to psychosocial support:...
logo HI
The Ottawa Convention: from the principles of a treaty to actions on the grounds is the title of the discussion evening organized tonight by HI Swiss in Geneva. This event is organized at the occasion of the 13th MSP to the Mine Ban Treaty, currently taking place in Geneva. In the presence of Petra Schroeter, director of Handicap International in...
Jody Williams Speech
This week (2nd – 6th December) is held the 13th Meeting of State Parties (13th MSP) to the Mine Ban Treaty (MBT). This year marks the 16th anniversary of the Mine Ban Treaty, opened for signature on the 3rd of December 1997 in Ottawa, Canada. Delegates from all over the world are currently present in Geneva for this occasion. Jody...
flyer distribution in Nis, Serbia
Volunteers and members of the organization Action and Aid discussed with citizens about the situation of people with disabilities in the main pedestrian zone in the center of Nis, so as to raise awareness among the general public. They also explained the need and importance of  the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), which Serbia still...
international day PwD Lao
Vientiane, Lao PDR. HI, NCDP, CMR and LDPA organized and coordinated a celebration for the CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DISABLED PEOPLE, the 3rd December 2013 in Vientiane Capital. This year, the celebration was held at the National Culture Hall on Saturday 14th December, 2013. Handicap International joined the NCDP, CMR and LDPA in the...
Presentation BA © Project Renew
To celebrate the International Day for People with Disabilities this year, Vietnam Ban Advocates team conducted a series of activities in the Mine Action Visitor Center. A story-telling session was organized for the children from the local school living in Quang Tri Province, which is the area in Vietnam the most contaminated by explosive remnants...
meeting NGOs (c) Project Renew
On 27, November, 2013, Vietnam Ban Advocate  Pham Quy Thi participated in the very first meeting of its kind. It focused on the discussion on the status of Vietnam toward the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) and how to take realistic steps to push the Vietnam government to accede this treaty. The participants included representatives...
Mirror therapy session
Last week, on November 23th, Vietnam Ban Advocates held a Mirror Therapy Box Workshop at the Mine Action Visitor Center, in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam. This workshop was financially supported by Handicap International, and technically supported by the End The Pain Project (ETPP), a US based NGO dedicated to global reduction of phantom limb...
Speech BA Lao
In early November, the Lao Ban Advocates, supported by Handicap International, conducted awareness-raising discussions with local authorities in two of the most mine affected Districts in Lao PDR.  The objective of the meetings was to support ongoing monitoring of the implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) in Laos and to...
award media workshop serbia
After the seminar for journalists “The role of the media in advocating banning of the use of cluster munitions”, organized by the Media Research Center and Association Action and Aid in Sokobanja on the 27 and 28th of April, the best story originated in the workshops was awarded. The committee stayed on the watch during several...
Meeting with students from Lycée technique Mathias Adam de Pétange
Raed Mokaled, Ban Advocate from Lebanon, join the HI Luxembourg team in the preparation of the Pyramid of Shoes of Luxembourg that took place on the 5th of October. Raed was invited by the team to help promoting the event towards the general public but also to sensitize the authorities and convince them to continue supporting the effective...
Raed giving his interview in front of the Pyramid
Ban Advocate Raed Mokaled from Lebanon participated to the Pyramid of Shoes in Paris last 28th of September. The pyramid was located Place de la Bastille and welcomed hundreds of visitors, some already sensitized to the issue and other discovering the work of Handicap International worldwide. Stalls were installed to give the public an overview of...
Umarbek-Thi and Aynelem
The Ban Advocates have work hard this week in Lusaka to advocate for the effective implementation of the convention, its promotion as well as the one of the rights of survivors. Each and every of them have had the opportunity to meet with government representatives during the conference as to share with them their messages. Aynelem met Kenya...
Aynelem, Thi and Phu at the side event
The report “Advocacy with victims: good practice and lessons learned in influencing policies” has been officially launched during a side event this Tuesday. The report aimed at sharing our experience with government delegates, with policy makers and other civil society actors so they could get inspired from the BA project and get some ideas on how...
BAs preparint for the conference
Several Ban Advocates have been invited to join the ICBL CMC campaigners for the 4MSP. Aynelem from Ethiopia, Thi from Vietnam and his support staff Phu, Umarbek from Tajikistan and Thoummy from Lao PDR will actively contribute to this meeting. They will participate to several lobby meetings with States present this week, together with the other...
Aynelem giving the Opening speech
The Opening ceremony of the 4MSP took place at the Government Complex, in presence of the President of Zambia, His Excellency Mr. Sata. In his speech, he expressed his sadness with civilians being affected by cluster munitions and urged the community of states to ensure that the world is free from cluster munitions. The theme selected for the...
Survivors and artisits together on stage
As in former years, the National Regulatory Authority for UXO/Mine Sector (UXO-NRA) organized and coordinated a celebration for the Entry into Force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Vientiane. This year, the celebration was held at the National Culture Hall. The Lao Ban Advocates with Handicap International joined the NRA in the...
Group Picture for the 1st of August celebration
Celebration the CCM’s third entry into force on August, 1st, 2013 Newly created Vietnam Ban Advocate team made the day memorable with an awareness raising activity at Mine Action Visitor Center. Project RENEW, Norwegian People’s Aid Vietnam (NPA), Football for All in Vietnam (FFAV) and Nordic Assistance Project (NAP) also joined the...
Training session for the new Vientam BAs
Congratulation to the Vietnam Team who has formed a new group of survivors ready to advocate for a common cause and for all the victims and disabled people! During two days from 27 to 29 July, 2013, an advocacy workshop has been provided by Vietnam Ban Advocate Pham Quy Thi to four newly recruited cluster munitions and landmine victims. It aimed...
"The Human Kind"
As part of the © Cluster Project’s work, Mr. Bob Paris, an American artist, and his former student, Mrs. Mariam Eqbal, a Pakistani-American artist, have had interviews with some members of the BA project in Berlin, in 2009. Mrs. Mariam Eqbal did sketches of many of the Ban Advocates and, later made the animations that you can...
The Cluster Project
The Cluster Project is an online collaborative artwork that surveys the thriving universe of cluster bombs, drones, nukes, and the casual acceptance of civilian casualties around the world. ­These videos, animations, illustrations, performances, interventions, and dataflow programming works, together with a wry and inventive blog, will inspect...
Umedjon meeting with Tajik delegates
Umedjon participated to the ISC for the Mine Ban Treaty held in Geneva from the 27th to the 31st of May 2013. During the conference days, Umedjon took an active role in advocating for the rights of victims and for the rights of People with Disabilities in general. He went to talk to the delegation of Tajikistan, his country, to get an update of...
Umedjon
Umedjon Naimov, a BA member from Tajikistan and campaigner for the Tajik Campaign to Ban Landmine and Cluster Munitions (TCBL), participates to this week Mine Ban Treaty Intersessional Standing Committees Meetings, taking place in Geneva from the 27th to the 31st of May 2013. More than 80 countries are reassembled this week to discuss progress and...
Advocacy with victims report
  We are pleased to share with you this report about the Ban Advocates project, illustrating our experience in advocating together with victims. The report highlights that advocacy with and by victims (survivors, family and community members of people injured or killed by cluster munitions) is not a straightfor­ward process. It involves...
Aynalem giving the opening Speech
Aynalem Zenebe from Ethiopia represented the Ban Advocates group at the Lomé Regional Conference on the Universalization of the CCM that took place from the 22nd to the 23rd of May 2013 in Togo. This Conference aimed at building a strategy upon the Accra action plan agreed in 2012 to promote the universalization of the CCM in Africa and to work...
Sladjan and the President of the Municipality
On the 7th of May, Nis was celebrating the anniversary of the bombing of the city, more than 10 years ago. Activits from Action and Aid, a Serbian NGO which Ban Advocate Sladjan Vuckovic and his wife Dusica are part of, gathered to remember this tragic day. They went, accompanied with the President of the Municipality, Mr. Crveni Krst, to the...
Participants for media
Workshop - "The role of media in advocating for the ban of cluster munitions” The NGO Action and Aid (A&A) and Media Investigative Center (MIC) organized a weekend seminar for journalists in Sokobanja on the 27 and 28th of April. Reminding thatSerbia, although affected by cluster bombs, still has not signed the Convention on Cluster...
Meeting with Lao PDR
During the 4 days of the intersessionals meetings for the Convention on Cluster Munitions, the Ban Advocates have been working on both media and lobby. Together with the Handicap International’ s advocacy officer of, Mrs. Hildegarde Vansintjan, they have been meeting with several countries to update them on the situation of the survivors and...
ISC Conference room
Today, 95 States parties to the convention on cluster munitions and 23  non-signatories states are gathering for the Intersessionals Meetings on the Convention that will be held in Geneva from 15th to 19th of April 2013. During this meeting, States Parties are expected to report on their efforts as well as to share their plans in order to...
Participants to the 6th of April march in Vientiane
As to mark 4th of April International UXO/Mine Awareness Day, the Lao government organized a walk on April 6th morning in Vientiane Capital, around Patuxay. The event was jointly organized by the NRA-UNDP and UXO sectors in Lao PDR. The  ceremony opened with speeches delivered by his Excellency Mr. Alounkeo Kittikhoun, Vice Minister of...
Umedjon promoting the event
The Tajik Campaign to Ban Landmine and cluster Munitions (TCBL&CM) in partnership with NPA, Handicap International, TMAC, FSD, OSCE, UST, UNDP, ICRS and other stakeholders celebrated April 4th by organizing a big event for "Lend Your Leg" in the center of Dushanbe. The event included exhibitions (including survivors’...
Lend your leg in front of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare
The Lao Ban Advocates celebrated the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action with the Lend Your Leg campaign aiming at informing people about the issue of Landmine and Cluster Munitions and invited the Government to accede to the Mine Ban Treaty, hopefully by the end of 2013. The International Day for Mine Awareness and...
Conference in Kabul
This year in Afghanistan, several actions were organized as to celebrate the 14th anniversary of the Mine Ban Treaty entry into force as well as the “Lend Your Leg” Campaign. On March 18, the Afghan Landmine Survivors’ Organization (ALSO) organized a Survivors' Swimming race in Kabul, to mark the 14th anniversary of the Mine...
Drawings exhibition
For celebrating the 4th of April, Alb-Aid, together with Ban Advocate Ardjana Mani, have been organising various event in Kukes. The first one took place on the 29th of March, with the support of ICBL-CMC. A football match has been organized between survivors and the Kukes football team. This event was attended by the local authorities and was...
Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid lending her leg
At the occasion of the opening of the exhibition "Landmines: Treacherous weapons" at the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid played the game and lent her leg. Handicap International indeed installed a podium for people attending the event to show their solidarity to the victims and...
Visit at the Embassy
Together with Hildegarde Vansintjan and Jeanne Battello, from HI Headquarters in Brussels, we made profit of my visit in Belgium for the Colloquium  to set a meeting with the Tajik Ambassador in Belgium. We received a warm welcome by the Ambassador himself and his team in a beautiful house. I was really happy to see the Embassy and to be...
Panel 2 at the Colloquium
My name is Umedjon, as a mine survivor, representative of TCBL [Tajik Campaign to Ban Landmines] and as member of the Ban Advocates group, I participated to a colloquium organized in Belgium on the 28th of March 2013. It was titled “The Ottawa Convention: the first step towards humanitarian disarmament” and has been held at the Royal...
Roundtables in Gramsh and Gerdec
Albania- March 2013 Following Albania's ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities [CRPD] last 11th of February 2013, various round tables have been conducted by Alb-Aid for mine,UXO and clustermunitions survivors in Gramsh and Gerdec with the aim of informing them on the rights of people with disabilities. The...
Ardjana during the press conference
At the occasion of the 14th Anniversary of the entry into force of the Treaty for the Prohibition of Anti-personnel Mines, ALB-AID launched its campaign for the International day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, next 4th of April. The moto of the campaign is "Lend your leg- Give your contribution for us survivors"....
Film Screening at the Vientianale
On the third day of the Vientianale movie festival, the Lao Ban Advocates film was screened publicly at the Cinema Department. This film, amongst other goals, aims to convince international community around the globe to ban explosive remnants of war and to support victims. This documentary, commissioned by Handicap International, also renders a...
Skill building Workshop for Campaigners from the Region
The group of the Lao Ban Advocates, eight UXO survivors coming from different parts of the country, participated in a skill building workshop provided by Handicap International (HI). During the four days’ workshop held in Phonsinouan village from 26 February to 1 March 2013, the Ban Advocates from Laos together with Mr. Thi Pham Quy, a...
Dejan leading the workshop for his colleagues
Dejan Dikic, professor and Ban Advocate from Nis-Serbia, has launched an initiative targeting youth and their teachers. Thanks to a project called "Equal opportunities for all through Knowledge", he intends to educate his peers for them to, subsequently, take the initiative of promoting the rights of people with disabilities and...
Journalists from the French "20 minutes" newspaper visited HI Lao team based in Sepon last december and met with Phet Latxabout, cluster munition survivor and member of the Lao Ban Adocates team. Through a twenty pictures' diaporama, the journalits captured the situation of Lao PDR, one of the most affected country in the world. It...
Casualty number display in the plenary
Ban Advocates from Tajikistan and Afghanistan reassemble for the 12 MSP of the Mine Ban Treaty. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Mine Ban Treaty, opened for signature on the 3rd of December 1997 in Ottawa, Canada. More than 100 governments are expected to be present during this Twelve Meeting of States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty...
Signing of the petition
Requesting people from Nis to sign a petition to ban cluster bombs.     To celebrate the fourth anniversary of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, citizens supporting the association Action and Aid gathered in the Youth Office of Nis and circulated a petition to encourage Serbia to sign and ratify the Convention. In order to support...
Bounmy and Thoummy giving a statement during the VA Workshop
From the 20 to the 22nd of November 2012, 7 countries from Asia and South East Asia gathered to discuss ways to enhance regional cooperation in South East Asia to advance Victim Assistance efforts. South Asia and South East Asia are heavily affected by mines/explosive remnants of war (ERW), and as such counts many related casualties. It is a...
Lao Ban Advocates' documentary film
Vientiane, Lao PDR, 21 November. The front row in the French Cultural Institute’s cinema auditorium was reserved for the Lao Ban Advocates as they presented their work and life in a movie entitled “The Lao Ban Advocates”, produced by Handicap International Lao. Every seat was occupied in the auditorium as the audience attended...
Awareness raising session conducted by Rahmatullah Merzayee
A Mainstreaming center opened on 12-November, 2012 in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan with the aim of improving the self-confidence and livelihood of Persons with disabilities including landmines and explosive remnants of war survivors in order for them to find their place in the society. Ban Advocate Rahmatullah Merzayee together with his colleagues...
Minister Magnette pays visit to HI Lao Country Office
Belgian Minister for Development Cooperation Paul Magnette paid a visit to the Handicap International (HI) Laos Country Office to acquaint himself with the organization’s work. Minister Magnette, who travelled to Vientiane to participate in the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), was accompanied by Marc Michielsen, Ambassador of Belgium in...
British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Lao Ban Advocate Thoummy  Silamphan
The 9th ASEM took place in Vientiane on the 5th and 6th of November under the motto “Friends for Peace, Partners for Prosperity”. It assembled delegates from 49 countries in the Lao capital, the first international political summit of this proportion to be hosted in the Lao PDR. The ASEM is organized since 1996 as a biannual...
Bounmy Vichack delivering his speech during the AEPF9 opening ceremony
The 9th Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF9) took place in Vientiane from the 16th to the 19th of October.  This international civil society forum, whose motto is "People’s Solidarity against Poverty and for Sustainable Development: Challenging Unjust and Unequal Development, Building States of Citizens for Citizens"...
Lynn giving her speech on International Cooperation and Assitance
  Lynn made a strong statement on the session on international cooperation and assistance, acknowledging that progress have been made on implementation but critiquing the fact that for what concerns victim assistance funding, few states “are getting the help they need- the help that has been promised through this Convention”....
Umarbek giving his speech on Universalization
On the third day of the Conference, Umarbek introduced the session by delivering a speech about universalization. This session was particularly important because, among the participants, around 30 non- signatory States to the Convention were present. It therefore showed the importance of this conference and the interest of the whole international...
Thoummy giving his speech on Victim Assistance
Thoummy made a statement in the plenary on Victim Assistance, calling on States to work on this topic and reminding them Victim Assistance is a legal obligation under the Convention on Cluster Munitions. He insisted on addressing victims’ needs, particularly on medical care, physical rehabilitation, psychological and economic support as he...
Lynn and Seevanh at a side event on Gender during the 3MSP
At the occasion of the 3MSP, the Ban Advocate Lynn Bradach from US and the Lao Ban Advocates’ officer Seevue Xaykia took the floor for testimony about the importance of gender mainstreaming in every action and policies taken within the frame of the Convention on Cluster Munitions. The side event was organized by GMAP and NPA, together with...
Lynn, Thoummy and Branislav meet with the Norwegian Minister of Foreign affairs
Lynn, Thoummy and Branislav met with the Norwegian Minister of Foreign affairs, Mr Jonas Gahr Støre,on the opening day of the conference for an informal conversation. On this occasion, they had the opportunity to express their hopes for the CCM to reach universalization and particularly thanked Norway for the leadership role they played in the...
Opening Third Meeting of State Parties-Oslo
This week, in Oslo, more than 100 governments are gathered to discuss the progresses made and those still to be made in accordance with the provisions of the Convention on Cluster Munitions.       Since their first implication in 2008 in the now well-known Oslo Process-which was launched 6 years ago already- the voices of the Ban...
image of a ban advocate giving out an interview
Published today, the Cluster Munition Monitor 2012 provides an annual overview of developments in the application of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, which bans the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of cluster munitions worldwide. Only 2.3 million euros have been earmarked for victim assistance out of the total budget dedicated to...
Thi's visit at the Mine Action Visitor Center
On 30 July 2012, Pham Quy Thi, a cluster bomb survivor from Vietnam, visited the Mine Action Visitor Center (MAVC) on the occasion of the second anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions. At MAVC, Thi met with visitors and briefed them about the CCM and the unacceptable harm caused by this indiscriminate weapon as...
workshop organized in Dushanbe, 1st August 2012
Campaigners from Tajikistan, including the Ban Advocates, are celebrating second anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) by urging the government to join the global cluster bomb ban. At this occasion, TCBL with the support of ICBL-CMC and the coordination of the Tajikistan Mine Action Centre, has organized...
Phongsavath being interviewed by a Vietnamese TV channel
Vientiane, Lao PDR, 1st August 2012. As in former years, the National Regulatory Authority for UXO/Mine Sector (UXO-NRA) organized and coordinated a celebration for the Entry into Force of the CCM in Vientiane. This year, the official celebration was held at the National Culture Hall. To mark the day, the NRA organized a sport event and...
image of the destruction of cluster munition in south lebanon
The Oslo Convention on Cluster Munitions entered into force on 1 August 2010. It bans the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of these devastating weapons. It also includes innovative articles on victim assistance (98% of recorded victims are civilians). Two years on, 75 States are party to this convention and 111 have signed it. Over half...
article in the newspaper
The Serbian documentary film of the Media Research Center "13 years after where are we today" won Honorable Mentions of the Jury of 18th International Festival of Local Televisions "Golden Beggar Košice 2012" in Kosice, Slovakia. This documentary film, produced by the Media Research Center (MIC) in cooperation with the Ban...
On Wednesday 11 July, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a brief stop in Laos on her Asia tour. At an artificial limb center, Mrs. Clinton was introduced to Phongsavath Manithong, a 20 year old cluster munitions survivor and member of the Lao Ban Advocates, who told her how he lost his hands and eye sight in a ‘bombie’...
group picture of the participants of the workshop
20 Ban Advocates and support staff gathered in Belgium for a one week residential workshop from 9th to 17th of June 2012. The participants of this workshop came from 9 different countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Ethiopia, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Serbia, Tajikistan, The United States of America, and Vietnam. This residential workshop was held after a long...
Second Regional Meeting organized in Nis After the success of the First Regional meeting held in 2011 in Nis with neighbouring countries, the association Action and Aid decided to organize a second one gathering representatives of States parties to the CCM from the Balkans as well as members and representatives of international and national NGOs....
Lynn  is delivering her speech
(Geneva, 16 April 2012) Government representatives from around 60 states are attending this week the second intersessional meeting of the Convention on Cluster Munitions to discuss progress being made to rid the world of cluster bombs under the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions. Among other campaigners, four Ban Advocates are actively involved...
Sladjan speaking at the press conference
(Nis, Serbia, 5 April 2012) Media Research Center in Nis presented to a large audience the documentary film "13 years after, where are we today?" at the press conference held at the Media Center in Nis today. The film’s aim is to encourage the government to adopt the Convention on Cluster Munitions and to publicly remind the...
Tajik Officials lending their legs
Lend your Leg On the 4th of April, the Tajik Mine Action Centre (TMAC) in partnership with national NGO’s and TCBL (Tajik center to Ban Landmine and Cluster Munitions)  organised the celebration of the International Mine Action Day to raise awareness of the hazard caused by landmines and Cluster munitions in the country. In close...
poster with the Lao Ban Advocates to join the campaign
p { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } (Vientiane, Lao PDR, 4 April 2012) During celebrations for the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, organized and coordinated by the National Regulatory Authority for UXO/Mine Action Sector in Lao PDR (UXO-NRA), a group of Lao UXO survivors, called the Lao Ban Advocates, brought the Lend...
Picture of the BA Ethiopian team (Berihu, Aynalem and Tesfay) in Oslo
Ending the year 2011 was sad to the entire Ban Advocates team members in learning a very bad news regarding our respected friend and colleague Tesfay Haileselassie from Ethiopia, who passed away due to illness. He was a very nice and helpful Ban Advocate support staff for the Ethiopian team for many years, as well as a recognized orthopedist in...
Provincial Meeting organised by the Laos BA in Lao PDR
To ensure the implementation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) in Laos, the Lao Ban Advocates (BA) supported by Handicap International, organized in January 2012 provincial meetings for raising awareness of the provincial authorities on the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Such meetings were held in Savannakhet Province on the 18th and...
Part of the Ban Advocates team
A group of 13 Ban Advocates and support staff from Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam were involved in the 11th meeting of State Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty, organized in Phnom Penh from 28th November till 2d December 2011. Moreover, Umarbek Pulodov, a Ban Advocate from Tajikistan had a chance in the same week in Phnom Penh to follow the Mine Action...
Workshop for capacity building in Tirana
On the 2nd and 3rd of December 2011, two days of training on capacity building were organized by Ardjana Mani, an Albanian Ban Advocate and Ilir Shkalla from ALB-AID (Albanian Association for Integration and Development) in Tirana for a group of eight persons who are landmine and cluster munition survivors as well as persons with disabilities, all...
Lynn and Mina together at the CCW conference
  “I'm Mina Zunac from Croatia, as a cluster munition survivor and Ban Advocate; I just want to add that article 11 of this draft protocol does not give the guarantee to victims, their families and affected communities that it will improve their daily life.  Only the CCM clearly obliges to give victims the support they need....
Branislav delivering his statement
“My name is Branislav Kapetanovic. I worked as a deminer for the army, until I was injured by the BLU-97. We call them “Zute –ubice” – Yellow killers. If you look at the consequences these cluster munitions have on deminers, you can only imagine the devastating effects they have on the civilians. I feel that too much...
Lynn delivering her speech
States are currently involved in negotiations which may lead to dangerous developments in the global fight against use of cluster munitions. I think the presence of victims here at the CCW meetings has definitely had an impact on the delegates and diplomates attending. We received comments of encouragement and thanks after having made our...
Philippe Croizon and Arnaud Chassery togehter with their logo
In Paris, on 24th September 2011, at the occasion of the 17th Pyramids of Shoes, Lynn met with another strong advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities, Philippe Croizon. Even though Philippe lost his two arms and two legs in an accident many years ago, he is able to show the world how people with disabilities can go...
Lynn meeting with high level representatives of Luxembourg
After being involved in the Second Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, in Lebanon from the 12th till 16th September, Lynn Bradach, a Ban Advocate from the United States of America, was actively involved in an advocacy tour in European cities of Luxembourg, Brussels and Paris, from the 19th till 24th of September...
Training session for Tajik campaigners
This mission, divided in two parts, is the result of the collaboration between Umarbek Pulodov, a Tajik Ban Advocate and Sulaiman Safdar, Ban Advocate support staff and executive director of ALSO (Afghan Landmine Survivor Organization) in Afghanistan. The first part of the mission consisted in Sulaiman’s involvement in a Regional Conference...
Part of the group of the Ban Advocates in Beirut
A group of 10 Ban Advocates and 3 support staff came from several affected countries such as, Ethiopia, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Serbia, Tajikistan, and Vietnam, as well as an advocate from the United States of America to attend the Second Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, which took place in Beirut, Lebanon, from the 12th...
Raed providing a speech
Raed Mokaled, a Lebanese Ban Advocate, reminded the audience of the tragedy that happened to his family: the loss of his son Ahmad, 5 years old, in 1999, in a public park near Nabathieh in the South of Lebanon, contaminated with cluster munitions: "Ladies and gentlemen, government representatives, those from whom we await strong support in...
Group of victims altogether to deliver the Victim's Decalaration in Beirut
Victim’s Declaration, Second Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions,Beirut, Lebanon Before delivering this Declaration, Raed Mokaled, a Lebanese Ban Advocate, reminded the audience of the tragedy that happened to his family: the loss of his son Ahmad, 5 years old, in 1999, in a public park near Nabathieh in the...
Lynn Bradach is delivering her statement
Lynn Bradach, a Ban advocate from the United States of America, delivered a strong statement at the universalization session during the plenary, to appeal to more states to join the Convention on Cluster Munitions. (function() { var scribd = document.createElement("script"); scribd.type = "text/javascript"; scribd.async = true; scribd.src = "http...
Aynalem in front of her home
A first time for her, Aynalem Zenebe, a young Ethiopian Ban Advocate, delivered a strong statement at the victim assistance session during the plenary, to appeal to affected states to take immediate action for assisting the victims, with the support of both the international community and the victims themselves. (function() { var scribd =...
Ban Advocates in Geneve
More than 400 diplomatic representatives from 81 countries attended the first intersessional meetings of the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions from 27-30 June 2011. They joined representatives from UN agencies, the ICRC, and a CMC delegation of 100 campaigners from 40 countries to discuss progress against the ban. The purpose of the meeting was...
Portrait of Thoumny
Thank you chair/cochair.My name is Thoummy Silamphan. I am a CMC campaigner from the Lao PDR and a cluster munition survivor. On behalf of the CMC, I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak on the issue of Victim Assistance today, together with my colleague from Lebanon.CMC campaigners from affected countries know that cluster munitions...
Portrait of Read Mokaled
My name is Raed Mokaled, I am a CMC campaigner from Lebanon and a cluster munition victim, because I am the father of a 5-year-old boy who was killed by a cluster bomb. As my colleague from Laos has mentioned, improving the accessibility and quality of services is a key commitment of the Vientiane Action Plan. In so many affected countries,...
meeting room in geneve with the Ban Advocates
Experiences drawn from working with the Ban Advocates” 28th June 2011, Geneva On 28th June, Handicap International (HI) organized a side event on “Psycho-social support: experiences drawn from working with the Ban Advocates”. The side event was a success. It was attended by around 50 participants from both civil society...
Portrait of Umedjon, Jafar, Umarbek, Fakhriddin, Abduhalim
24th to 26th May 2011, Dushanbe, Tajikistan Central Asia is a region that is heavily affected by mines/explosive remnants of war (ERW), and as such counts many related casualties. Given the call to develop national disability action plans that are inclusive of the needs of mines/ERW victims as per the Cartagena and the Vientiane Action Plans,...
Soraj together with his Interpreter Mohammad Safdar shwing a banner
Soraj together with his Interpreter Mohammad Safdar, attended a 14 day advocacy tour, which was organized for the first two weeks of May 2011 in Australia. The training was aimed to support a strong Australian legislation with no loopholes and push the Australian senate to fix the bill on cluster bombs. The tour was a big success for the campaign...
newspaper with Sladjan and Stéphanie
Sladjan is organizing a regional meeting that will take pace in Nis in May 2011 to commemorate 12 years since the bombing of civilians in Nis by cluster munitions. Participants from several neighboring countries, Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia and Macedonia are expected to attend this meeting, which will be held on 11th May. The...
Sladjan as a Ban Advocate and his support team
Sladjan as a Ban Advocate, and his support team, organized a regional meeting to promote the Convention on Cluster Munitions, in Nis, on 11th May 2011 for the first time. Other Ban Advocates from Serbia, Dejan and Branislav, as well as from Albania, Ardiana, joined the meeting. Four campaigners from Bosnia Herzegovina, another campaigner from...
Lynn having a speech
Strong quote from Lynn Bradach, Ban Advocate, the United States of America Reacting to reports this week that the Libyan military has used cluster munitions against rebels and civilians, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she wasn't "surprised by anything that Colonel Gaddafi and his forces do" but described the news as "...
Ban advocates in the seminar and training on Psycho Traum
The BA seminar and training on Psycho Trauma is part of follow up intervention after the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) conference conducted in Vientiane in November 2010 and provided a great opportunity to increase the skills of the Ban Advocates in the psycho trauma thematic. The workshop was conducted by Mr. Norbert Haberlin, specialist...
Strong quote from Lynn Bradach, Ban Advocate, the United States of America It is now 2011, the Landmine Treaty of 1997 went into force on March 1, 1999 and the US is now in the process of reviewing its policy. I ask with all that has happened in the last 12 years how can we be so far behind in joining a treaty that bans the use of a weapon that...
The group of Lao Ban Advocates continues to advocate for the implementation of the CCM in Laos and has attended a training workshop from 22-24 Feb 2011. The topic was BA Advocacy - Raising Awareness. The objective of this training was to develop the relevant advocacy skills of the Lao Ban Advocates, and provide them with an opportunity to learn...
Phongsavath Manithong, Ban Advocate, with the group of dancers
Phongsavath is a young Lao Ban Advocate of 19 years old. After a cluster munition accident in 2008, he lost his both hands and he became blind. Phongsavath attended the First Meeting of States Parties to the CCM in Vientiane with the group of Ban Advocates . As part of the events that were held to celebrate the meeting, Phongsavath performed with...
banadvocates with H.R.H Princess Astrid of Belgium
Latsamy, Ta, Thoummy and Phet were honored to raise their voices and speak on behalf of all cluster munition victims, directly to H.R.H Princess Astrid of Belgium. It has been a convivial time to discuss what are the challenges that the cluster munition victims face in Lao PDR, and how to address those challenges. The group really enjoyed the...
Group participants in Nairobi
Central and East Africa are regions heavily affected by mines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war (ERW), and as such count many related casualties. Given the call to develop national action plans on victim assistance as per the recently adopted Cartagena Action Plan, and the strong VA obligations laid out in the CCM, Handicap...
Meeting of the banadvocates in Tajikistan
We, the Tajik Campaign to Ban Landmines, with the support of Umarbek Pulodov as Ban Advocate, organized an “Advocacy & Awareness Raising Training for the Cluster Munition and Landmine Survivors”. The main objective of this training was to have new Tajik Ban Advocates here in Tajikistan to urge our government to sign and ratify the...
Banadvocates in front of the bus
I organized a Ban Bus tour around affected regions of Tajikistan. I informed the communities about the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), and explained to them that implementing this Convention will stop harming civilians, and will provide more assistance for survivors and affected communities. The key objective of this action was to raise...
Al Jazeera Stephanie Scawen reports from the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, on why the government has not signed the treaty to free their land of the mines.
event to celebrate the entry into force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions
On 1st August 2010, the organization ALB-AID started a series of events to celebrate the entry into force of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). A group of cluster munition survivors from northeast Albania, survivors from the Gerdec explosion and representatives from Albanian civil society were involved in the activities. A popular drum...
Aynalem Zenebe, Ban Advocate
Ban Advocates and Handicap International call on all countries to sign the Convention on Cluster MunitionsThe Ban Advocates, survivors of cluster munitions, and Handicap International Belgium call on all governments to sign the Convention on Cluster Munitions on the eve of the Santiago Conference on Cluster Munitions. It is the last international...
The Ban Advocates at the  victim assistance workshorkshop
Today was the last day of this week spent together in Chile. After the conference, each Ban Advocate has followed the CMC and ICBL workshop sessions, following each one needs and interest, choosing between different topics for improving the campaigning work at home. During four days, the Ban Advocates have been trained along with other campaigners...
Aynalem Zenebe, Ban Advocate, Mekele, Ethiopia, June 2010
From January 2010 to March 2011, a total of 13 small BA grants have been awarded to Ban Advocates in 8 different countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Lao PDR, Serbia, Tajikistan and the United States. Please find in the report more information on each grant awarded for national activities either on capacity building or advocacy,...
Raed Mokaled, Ban Advocate
As the Middle East is a region that is heavily affected by mines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war and counts many related casualties, Handicap International thought it timely to organize a workshop on victim assistance in Amman, where several members from the civil society as well as governments attended. Raed, together with...
Phongsavath presented in a Q & A session at the COPE visitor’s centre this morning - to two consecutive groups of 25-30 Australian Development Scholarship winners (being organized by Vientiane College). Phongsavath spoke about the Ban Advocates, told the story of his accident and his life since, and spoke about how cluster bombs are...
UN International Day for UXO/Mine Awareness and Assistance in UXO/Mine Action
Each year the 4th of April belongs to the UN International Day for UXO/Mine Awareness and Assistance in UXO/Mine Action. To mark the day, the National Regulatory Authority for the UXO/Mine Action Sector (NRA) in Laos invited all operators to participate in a public event under the slogan ‘No more cluster munitions’, which was held at...
Umarbek Pulodov in Tajikistan Mine Action Day
The Round Table session on “The Progress of Implementation of the Convention on the Prohibition of Antipersonnel Mines in Tajikistan” was held in Dushanbe Somoni Palace on April 5, 2010 to commemorate the International Mine Action Day, under the leadership of the government of the Republic of Tajikistan. Representatives of ministries...
portrait of Berihu Mesele
Berihu had the opportunity both to deliver a speech at the opening ceremony, and to present the situation of Survivor Assistance in Africa during the session 4 of the conference on National implementation, Cooperation and Assistance. Berihu's opening speech Excellencies,Ladies and Gentlemen,As a cluster munition survivor and Ban Advocate, I...
Umarbek Pulodov in a meeting with the with the US embassy representative
On 12 March 2010 we, TCBL (Tajikistan Campaign to Ban Landmines) representatives (Bakhtiyor Begmuradov, Aziza Hakimova) and myself as a Ban Advocate, had a meeting (business lunch) with the US embassy representative, Mr. William von Zagorski, Political Officer. Our meeting was held in a very friendly environment. We introduced ourselves first, we...
cover rapport
“I get angry, furious when I hear military experts arguing that they will improve this weapon and make it humane and safe. To drop a high number of bombs close to civilians is a criminal act. If there is anyone at this conference who cannot understand why we need to ban a certain type of cluster munitions, I tell him: ask us, the victims of...
Lynn Bradach is giving a speech
I am a Ban Advocate, and I have been volunteering with the USCBL and the CMC for several years now, communicating my message as the mother of a U.S. marine who was killed while clearing cluster munitions. Starting in September 2009, I began working as a part-time staff member with the USCBL, a coalition of U.S. NGOs engaged in pushing the U.S....
Ta with his children
This is A m A z I n G news! Congratulations to all! I spoke with Ayat’s father earlier today and he is happy to hear the news as well! I did not have the opportunity to speak with Ayat. But I'm sure she will become happy to hear the news. Anwahr, Sweden Congratulation for the 30-th ratification. Finally we made it. Great work. Ardjana,...
This roundtable was organized in Kukes, a city based in the north of Albania, a highly affected region near the frontier with Kosovo. Its objective was to raise awareness about the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), as well as about the results of the report Voices from the Ground reflecting the voices of the victims in Albania. The panel for...
Ban Advocates in training
This week of training for new Lao Ban Advocates has been fantastic. The workshop closed with the most difficult challenge of the week: public speaking. Each one of the advocates were encouraged and found the courage to deliver their speeches in front of the entire group. This was not an easy job, as for some of them, they told their stories for...
A total of 8 cluster munitions survivors (some with family members to aid them) arrived in Vientiane on Sunday night after many hours of traveling to reach the capital. The survivors come from various districts and provinces of the most contaminated cluster munitions areas of Lao PDR. These survivors were joined by campaigners from other countries...
Raed Mokaled having a speech with the picture of his son projected on the wall
The Ban Advocates are a group of women and men from diverse cluster munitions affected communities. The Ban Advocates have experienced the violence, exclusion and poverty caused by those indiscriminate weapons. They advocate for a ban on cluster munitions and the full application of the rights of survivors and affected communities. The Ban...
Thi is giving a speech
Ladies and Gentlemen, First of all, I would like to thank the host country, Indonesia, and sponsoring countries of Australia, Austria, Germany and Norway, and the international organizations for organizing such an important conference in Asia as the most cluster munition affected region in the world. It’s an honor for me to speak on behalf...
Soraj is having his speech
Dear ladies and gentlemen, I am Soraj Ghulam Habib coming from Herat in Afghanistan. I lost both of my legs and one of my fingers in a cluster munition explosion in 2001. Cluster munitions prevented me from attending school, playing with other kids, and participating in other social activities. At this time, cluster munitions destroyed my dreams....
portrait of Vijak Bounmy
Dear ladies and gentlemen, My name is Bounmy. I am a cluster munition survivor coming from Lao PDR. One morning in 1996, I was digging the ground. Suddenly, a cluster submunition exploded. Villagers heard the explosion and they came to see me and brought me home. When my parents saw me, they were devastated and they thought that I was dead. But I...
Huong with his wife
Distinguished participants! Ladies and gentlemen! It is a great honor for me to participate in the regional conference on the promotion and universalization of the Convention on Cluster Munitions. My name is Nguyen Thi Huong. I am an indirect victim of cluster munitions from Vietnam. In 1991 my husband had a cluster bomb accident while working in...
Lynn Bradach having a speech
My name is Lynn Bradach and I am a member of the Ban Advocates, a team of survivors of Cluster Munitions. I am here today to honor my son Travis who chose to stay in Iraq to clear unexploded ordnance and it was this that led to his being killed during clearance by a cluster munition. The Convention on Cluster Munitions was opened for signature on...
On 5 June 1998, at the time of the conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia, Ayder School in the town of Mekele was bombarded. Planes flew over twice, dropping cluster bombs directly on the school and its vicinity. They killed 53 and wounded 158. Mekele, capital of Tigray, was a small town like any other until the fatal day of 5 June 1998. On that...
The Ban Advocates from Albania and Serbia attended this regional conference, held ahead of the Second Review Conference of the Mine Ban Treaty. The purpose of the Tirana Workshop was to take stock of the progress made and the challenges lying in South Eastern Europe, in view of reaching the Convention’s goals. One of the highlights of the...
Afghan members of the Cluster Munition Coalition in meeting with minister
After a long time, we finally succeeded to meet on Wednesday 30 September 2009 in his office, H. E. Mr. Kabir Frahi, acting Minister of Foreign Affairs in Afghanistan. We met the minister together with Afghanmtin o members of the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC), Advocacy Committee members, the Deputy Minister of MOLSAMD and a Member of the...
On 25 September, 2009 France and Burundi formally ratified the Convention on Cluster Munitions, making them the 20th and 21st States to ratify this international humanitarian treaty which prohibits the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of cluster munitions. It also sets out obligations to assist victims of this deadly ordnance, and their...
Umarbek Pulodov showing  the report “Voices from the Ground”
On 30 September 2009, we had a great launch of the report “Voices from the Ground” in Dushanbe. The opening of the event was at 10 o’clock. From 40 invitees, 30 of them attended the event. We were disappointed that nobody came from the supportive embassies. However, all other attendants participated actively in the event. I...
On 2 September 2009 Ban Advocates from Serbia joined the global launch of the breakthrough report “Voices from the Ground” locally at a national release event in Belgrade. Speakers at the well attended press conference held by Handicap International included local representatives of mine and explosive remnants of war survivor...
Sulaiman Aminy is having a speech
Good news for all people with disabilities in Afghanistan! A meeting took place on 11th of August 2009, between the members of the Advocacy Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ACPD with H.E. Mr. Hamid Karzai the president of Afghanistan. The meeting agenda was: Ratification of the National Disability Law Signature and...
potrait Mina
The UN confirmed today that Croatia became the fifteenth country to ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions by depositing its legal instrument at the UN Headquarters in New York on Monday 18 August . Mina Zunac, Ban Advocate from Croatia As a survivor of Cluster Munition and Ban Advocate this was a really good news for me and first reaction was...
"More than 30 years after the war ended in Vietnam, it is totally unacceptable to witness people still being killed or injured by explosive remnants of war" said Ngo Xuan Hien. Hai Lang District, Quang Tri Province – A 42-year-old married man, the father of two children, has suffered major injuries from a piece of explosive...
meeting in Tajikistan
On 9 July 2009, the Tajikistan campaign and the Afghanistan campaign met with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan. We met with Mr. Iskandarov, Head of the UN Department, as well as Mr. Jonmahmad Rajabov, Head of the Tajikistan Mine Action Centre. The meeting began with an introducing statement by Mr. Rajabov. Other meeting participants...
Ban Advocates together
The Ban Advocates team arrived on Saturday June 13 in Germany. We came from Afghanistan, Albania, Croatia, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Serbia, Sweden, Tajikistan and the United States. We shall stay approximately two weeks in Germany, in order to attend a residential training and a conference on the destruction of cluster munitions stockpiles, on 25 and 26...
portrait of the groupe of Ban Advocates
Last Wednesday, we finished our training on Project Management. The training had looked at different steps of the project for example defining the objectives, managing the budget, evaluating and monitoring the project. Project management should not have any more secrets for us! On Thursday, in small groups, we followed a presentation on post-...
Lynn Bradach in Germany on training
Here we are all back together again for our last day of training. As Chris Mohr (our current trainer) said yesterday "if this is Tuesday June 23" the subject must be Event Management. I must admit the team is looking rather bleary eyed and the response to questions is not only slow but pretty much nonexistent. However I will remind...
Your Excellences, ladies and gentlemen, dear fellow activists On behalf of the Cluster Munition Coalition I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the German Government for the swift organization of this conference after the treaty was signed in Oslo. Since then I received the Tipperary Peace Award in Ireland on behalf of CMC, now we...
Mina Zunac
My name is Mina Zunac. I come from Croatia and I am a survivor of cluster munition attack. 98% of recorded cluster munition casualties are civilians, and I am one of them, but I am not just another number. I am a person and I am willing to stand up and demand a change. I am a Ban Advocate. Today I'll talk about national planning, reporting and...
Chuck Searcy is an American veteran of the war in Vietnam. Since 1995 he has lived in Vietnam and worked on humanitarian programs, including Project RENEW in Quang Tri Province – an effort to clean up bombs and mines with support from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. Searcy has been awarded Vietnam’s Friendship Medal. One hot...
Soraj givng an interniew with the BBC
On 7th November-2008 Afghan Landmines Survivors’ Organization on behalf of the Cluster Munitions Coalition, organized a Petition event in a public park in Kabul city, and urged the government of Afghanistan to be among the majority of countries worldwide that will sign the convention on Cluster Munitions in Oslo, Norway on December 3rd, 2008...
I was at school when I received a call from Mr. Sulaiman Aminy saying that H. E. President Barack Obama will sign a law that will make permanent a ban on nearly all cluster bomb exports from the United States. Honestly I felt very happy. How it will be exciting and historic in the world when the USA joins the Oslo process and signs, ratifies and...
affiche survivors tour
Three members of Ban Advocates team to travel through Midwest promoting new treaty banning cluster bombs Three individuals whose lives have been affected by cluster munitions will tour the Midwest in October to raise awareness and support for a U.S. ban on cluster bombs. Raed Mokaled from Lebanon, Soraj Ghulam Habib and Suliman Safdar from...