Mine Awareness Day

Laos, 2014. © Getty Images/CICR

Laos, 2014.  © Getty Images/CICR

An article by Helen Durham, director of International Law and Policy, ICRC

Nearly 20 years have passed since the Ottawa Treaty came into being, banning anti-personnel landmines. This important piece of international humanitarian law and all the benefits it has brought is now almost taken for granted.

But it was not always so. The difficulty of its birth should remind us of the need to persevere with the remaining gaps in the law’s implementation.

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