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Libya: Landmines Left After Armed Group Withdraws

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(Washington, DC, June 3, 2020) – An armed group and affiliates fighting for control of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, appear to have used antipersonnel landmines and booby traps there in late May 2020, Human Rights Watch said today.

“Any use of internationally banned landmines is unconscionable,” said Steve Goose, arms division director at Human Rights Watch and chair of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, the Nobel Peace Co-Laureate. “Those fighting in Tripoli should halt using landmines and start clearing them to avoid further harm to life and limb.”

Fighters affiliated with the Libyan Arab Armed Forces (LAAF) commanded by Khalifa Hiftar, including foreign forces, appear to have laid mines as they withdrew from southern districts of the city. For months, LAAF and affiliated forces have been fighting the internationally recognized Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).

During the 2011 revolution against Muammar Gaddafi, General Hiftar pledged that armed forces under his command would never use landmines because the indiscriminate weapons cannot distinguish between fighters and civilians. General Hiftar should publicly renew this pledge and instruct fighters under his command and foreign fighters supporting the LAAF to stop using landmines and destroy any stocks in their possession, Human Rights Watch said.

On May 25, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) expressed concern at reports that residents of Tripoli’s Ain Zara and Salahuddin neighborhoods have been killed or wounded by improvised explosive devices placed “in/near” their homes. A relative stated that Zakaria al-Jamal died in an explosion on May 22, while checking his family’s home in Salahuddin. A graphic video posted on Twitter on May 25 shows a man named Muhammad Daleh who was killed and whose brother was lying heavily injured on the ground after reportedly trying to dismantle explosive devices in Tripoli.

GNA-aligned forces shared photographs on Twitter on May 29 showing four types of antipersonnel landmines manufactured in the Soviet Union or Russia and claiming they were “laid by the Wagner mercenaries,” a Kremlin-linked private military company that supports the LAAF in the Ain Zara, Al-Khilla, Salahuddin, Sidra, and Wadi al-Rabi districts of Tripoli. Other photographs shared on social media show mines equipped with tripwires and mines used as triggers to detonate larger improvised explosive devices. Video footage shows various explosive charges used to booby trap homes, including antivehicle mines, paired with various types of fuzes and a mix of electronic timers, circuit boards, and modified cell phones.

These devices were assembled and used in a manner intended to be detonated by the presence, proximity, or contact of a person, Human Rights Watch said. They are able to incapacitate, injure, or kill one or more people. Such victim-activated explosive devices are prohibited by the Mine Ban Treaty, regardless of whether the antipersonnel mine was assembled in a factory or improvised from locally available materials.

Libya’s governance has been divided between the two entities engaged in an armed conflict since April 2019: the GNA and the rival Interim Government affiliated with the LAAF in eastern Libya. Despite an arms embargo, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan, and Russia have provided the LAAF with military support. Foreign fighters from Chad, Sudan, and Syria as well as fighters from a Russia-supported private company also support the armed group. The GNA’s main military backer is Turkey, with additional support from foreign fighters from Chad, Sudan, and Syria.

Libya is not one of the 164 nations that have committed to a comprehensive prohibition of antipersonnel mines, clearance, and victim assistance. The previous government of Muammar Gaddafi expressed interest in the Mine Ban Treaty but made no effort to join it. After Human Rights Watch documented landmine use by Gaddafi forces in 2011, Hiftar and other commanders of armed groups committed to never use landmines and to provide mine clearance, risk education about the dangers of the mines, and victim assistance.

The Gaddafi government acquired and stockpiled millions of landmines that were subsequently seized by anti-government fighters and civilians after storage facilities were abandoned or left unsecured in 2011. The antipersonnel mines discovered in Tripoli in May are of Soviet and Russian origin and include POM-2S, PMN-2, and olive drab-colored MON-50 mines that were not previously recorded in Libya, suggesting these landmines may have transferred into the country in recent years.

Libya is affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war dating back to World War II. Since then, landmines and explosive remnants of war in Libya have caused at least 3,252 casualties, according to Landmine Monitor.

“This latest landmine use is adding to Libya’s already considerable burden of uncleared mines, abandoned ordnance, unexploded ordnance, and danger for Libyans for years to come,” Goose said.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/06/03/libya-landmines-left-after-armed-group-withdraws

RACCOLTA FONDI – Our Future in Our Feet

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Our Future in our Feet – Paola Biocca Rehabilitation Center

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Emergency

744,795 is the current number of refugees registered in Jordan, among them approximately 655,000 are Syrians followed by 67,000 Iraqis and 15,000 Yemenis.

Our main patients are Syrian refugees, amputated as a result of injuries caused by bullets or mines, vulnerable Jordanians, Yemenis and Iraqi refugees.

Most of the refugees with a disability due to war are young people (under 30), women and children who have lost their lower limbs. Locally, enter the center also victims of accidents, surgical errors and diseases, mainly tumors and diabetes.

Our Project’s Goal

In this situation, our main effort is to keep on reaching the largest number of amputees in need and provide them with full rehabilitation services, medical and psychological support. To do so, we need your help to be able to purchase prosthetic and orthotic devices and carry out our project, ensuring continuity in the assistance of those who turn to our Center.

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Disabilità e COVID-19

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14 Aprile 2020 – Importance of Considering Persons with Disabilities Including Mine Survivors in COVID -19 Responses

By Jesus Martinez, landmine survivor and human rights activist for persons with disabilities and survivors of armed conflict, El Salvador

People with disabilities, including survivors, are often excluded from the various spheres of state activity and support. In the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we need to reflect on how state emergency measures to combat the virus should be upholding the rights of everyone, including survivors and other persons with disabilities without exception.

Almost all countries have declared a national emergency to combat the pandemic and El Salvador is no exception. Within this framework the country has implemented relative measures such as physical distancing, restrictions on mobility, and home confinement, among others.

These measures exacerbate the difficulties of individuals who require personal assistance, as well as persons with disabilities who require frequent healthcare, and those who are studying. The latter are affected in the sense that most of them do not have the technological and pedagogical resources or the accessible teaching materials (braille guides, auditory devices, videos with signed interpretation etc.) needed to continue their studies from home.

In the case of El Salvador, official information about the national emergency and measures to prevent contracting the coronavirus was not readily accessible for survivors with hearing, visual or intellectual disabilities.

In a public statement released on March 17, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Catalina Devandas stated clearly “Little has been done to provide the necessary guidance and supports to people with disabilities to protect them during the current COVID-19 pandemic, even though many of them belong to the high-risk group.” Her statement also noted that the measures of protection could be detrimental, “Containment measures, such as social distancing and personal isolation, may be impossible for those who require support to eat, dress, or shower.”

Rights and care for persons with disabilities in emergency situations

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), under article 11 relating to situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies, establishes that states shall adopt the measures necessary to guarantee the safety and protection of persons with disabilities, including survivors.

In ratifying the relevant conventions, the CRPD, Mine Ban Treaty, and the Convention on Cluster Munitions, states are obligated to implement measures, including national legislation to guarantee the rights of people with disabilities and survivors. However, with the arrival of COVID-19, states have focused their efforts on combatting the pandemic but have omitted the implementation of effective mechanisms for the full inclusion of survivors and persons with disabilities.

Equality and non-discrimination

National institutions in charge of the COVID-19 emergency response must take into account human diversity and must establish mechanisms that ensure equality and non-discrimination based on disability.

In the case of El Salvador, there is a lack of official information on the implementation measures to ensure the fundamental rights of persons with disabilities such as healthcare, education, and income generation are not diminished or eroded.

Right to health, including access to medicines and psychological care

Most state institutions in El Salvador, as elsewhere, have been closed due to the coronavirus. The exceptions are health institutions, which focus efforts on people affected by the coronavirus.

However, even in the case of public health emergencies individuals’ access to healthcare continues to be a human right, and survivors have specific needs such as mobility devices, rehabilitation, psycho-social support, and ongoing requirement for medication due to their injuries.

These are now less available due to the emergency. Survivors not only have to face the restrictive measures related to the pandemic, but also have to deal with the limited access to services  affected by disability.

Economic reintegration

Trade and economies are currently affected in all countries, and survivors in Latin America cannot escape this harsh new reality. Many are engaged in entrepreneurial projects. In such a situation, governments must establish effective mechanisms so that persons with disabilities are not overly burdened.

As a measure to alleviate the economic pressures on people with low-incomes, El Salvador is providing a one-time US$300 subsidy for the purchase of food. However, all pensioners including survivors were excluded from receiving this help, despite some survivors’ very low pensions allowances. That means that survivors’ living expenses are not covered because their sources of income, such as small businesses, have ceased due to the containment measures.

Statistical data and the right to an adequate standard of living

Many states lack statistical data on the number of persons with disabilities and survivors, their geographical location, socioeconomic status, age, and gender. As a result in such a national emergency they are effectively excluded from being identified for humanitarian assistance programs provided by the state or NGOs. Humanitarian assistance must go beyond the delivery of food packages and consider other needs related an individual’s disability and needs, including medication, rehabilitation, technical aids, and sanitation, among others.

Effective inclusion of survivors and persons with disabilities in the COVID-19 response and similar emergencies, requires that all states consult affected individuals and their representative organizations, since it is they who know best about their needs.

http://www.icbl.org/en-gb/news-and-events/news/2020/importance-of-considering-persons-with-disabilities-including-mine-survivors-in-covid-19-responses.aspx

CS – Drastico calo della produzione italiana di “armi comuni”

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Drastico calo della produzione italiana di “armi comuni”: l’analisi di OPAL dei dati del Banco Nazionale di Prova di Brescia

Brescia, giovedì 9 aprile 2020

Cala per sesto anno consecutivo la produzione italiana di “armi comuni” che nel 2019 hasegnato il dato peggiore degli ultimi 15 anni: dopo il record di oltre 1 milione di armi prodotte nel 2013 è diminuita a poco più di 703mila del 2019 con un decremento complessivo del 31,5%, una riduzione quindi di quasi un terzo.

E’ quanto emerge dall’ampio studio curato da Carlo Tombola, coordinatore scientificodell’Osservatorio permanente sulle armi leggere e le politiche di sicurezza e difesa (OPAL) diBrescia dal titolo “I dati del Banco Nazionale di Prova di Brescia nel contesto dell’informazione sulla produzione e detenzione di armi in Italia”. Lo studio è un’anteprima nazionale in quanto i dati del Banco Nazionale di Prova (BNP) non sono stati ancora ufficialmente presentati al pubblico.

«Il numero delle armi testate e punzonate dal BNP costituisce una fonte preziosa perché rappresenta di fatto l’andamento della produzione nazionale di armi comuni da fuoco» –commenta Tombola. «Va però ricordato che una parte delle armi comuni, che differiscono da quelle prodotte per impiego militare, è venduta ed esportata anche a corpi di polizia e di sicurezzapubblica e privata, e non riguarda quindi solo l’utilizzo sportivo, venatorio o per difesa personale».

I dati del 2019 mostrano un calo complessivo del 6,8% per le armi provate rispetto al 2018, con una sostanziale tenuta delle “armi lunghe” (fucili da caccia e per tiro sportivo) che rappresentano la specialità dei produttori bresciani. Mostrano invece un drastico calo del 28% le“armi corte” (pistole e revolver) che sono più soggette alle fluttuazioni del mercato estero, in particolare alla domanda da parte di corpi di sicurezza esteri, e alla concorrenza dei paesi a basso costo del lavoro. Sono invece un numero limitato le armi importate e testate dal BNP (18mila).

Nella lunga serie storica di dati omogenei, si possono intravvedere anche le fluttuazioni del“ciclo lungo” tipico di questo specifico settore manifatturiero: dal 1973 ad oggi si sono infattiregistrati tre “record produttivi”, nel 1982, 1996 e 2013, tra loro distanti 14-17 anni. È pertantoplausibile pensare che l’acquisto di una nuova arma sia considerato dall’acquirente simile a quello di un “bene durevole”: la produzione del 2013 è stata sicuramente incentivata dalla domanda delmercato civile statunitense per i timori degli acquirenti a seguito degli annunci da partedell’amministrazione Obama di introdurre maggiori restrizioni nella legislazione. «Gli Stati Uniti rappresentano il principale mercato di esportazione – commenta Tombola – e, vista l’incetta di armi di questi giorni per la paura generata dall’epidemia da coronavirus, c’è da aspettarsi unaforte ripresa delle esportazioni dall’Italia e della produzione favorita anche dal permesso governativo di tenere aperti i “settori strategici” come quello, appunto, della produzione di armi e di sistemi militari».

Permane, invece, un fondamentale problema di trasparenza che accomuna tutto il settoredella produzione, delle vendite e dell’esportazione di “armi comuni”. «Se si eccettuano le cifre sulle esportazioni di armi da guerra e quelle ricavabili, non facilmente, dai dati del commercioestero dell’ISTAT, le informazioni attorno a uno dei settori del made in Italy più vantati per i suoi record e la sua immagine internazionale sono estremamente lacunose» – spiega Tombola.

L’Italia è il secondo maggior produttore mondiale di “armi comuni”. Tuttavia le aziende più rappresentative e le loro associazioni di categoria non solo non forniscono dati sulle proprievendite in Italia e all’estero, ma tendono a sottostimare fortemente la destinazione militare e per corpi privati di sicurezza della loro produzione e ancor più la responsabilità oggettiva circa la diffusione del loro prodotto.

«Questa opacità ha pesanti conseguenze sul dibattito pubblico nel nostro Paese intorno ai molti problemi che coinvolgono le armi da fuoco, la loro produzione ed esportazione, il loro uso» – commenta Piergiulio Biatta, presidente di OPAL. «Si pensi ad esempio alla mancanza di dati ufficiali e pubblici da parte del Viminale sulle licenze per armi, sul numero di armi legalmente detenute in Italia e sui crimini commessi da legali detentori di armi, tra cui omicidi e femminicidi. Si tratta di informazioni di interesse pubblico che il nostro Osservatorio chiede da anni insieme allaRete italiana per il disarmo e a molte altre associazioni. E’ ingiustificabile, ma non inspiegabile, soprattutto la poca attenzione di gran parte delle rappresentanze politiche sulle questioni della trasparenza relativa a questi settori che riguardano direttamente la sicurezza dei cittadini».

La ricerca di OPAL è disponibile gratuitamente a tutti coloro che ne fanno richiesta. E’sufficiente inviare una mail alla segreteria di OPAL: info@opalbrescia.org

L’Osservatorio Permanente sulle Armi Leggere e le Politiche di Sicurezza e Difesa (OPAL) di Brescia è un’associazione di promozione sociale attiva dal 2004, promossa da diverse realtà dell’associazionismo bresciano e nazionale (Diocesi di Brescia, Collegio delle Missioni Africane dei Missionari Comboniani, Associazione per l’Ambasciata della Democrazia Locale a Zavidovici -Onlus, Camera del Lavoro Territoriale di Brescia “CDLT”, Pia Società di San Francesco Saverio per leMissioni Estere dei Missionari Saveriani, Servizio Volontario Internazionale – S.V.I.) e da singoli aderenti, per diffondere la cultura della pace ed offrire alla società civile informazioni di caratterescientifico circa la produzione e il commercio delle “armi leggere” con approfondimenti sull’attività legislativa di settore. Membro della Rete Italiana per il Disarmo, l’Osservatorio ha promosso numerosi convegni, rassegne cinematografiche e spettacoli teatrali ed ha pubblicato sei annuari nei quali sono presenti ampi studi sulla produzione e esportazione di armi italiane e bresciane. Tutte le informazioni sono disponibili sul sito: www.opalbrescia.org.

Per contatti stampa:

  •   Carlo Tombola - Email: carlo.tombola@gmail.com – Cellulare: 349.6751366
  •   Piergiulio Biatta - Email: piergiulio.biatta@gmail.com - Cellulare: 338.8684212

Secretary – General’s Message

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Decades ago, millions of landmines were buried in countries across the world. From Cambodia to Mozambique, in Angola and in Afghanistan, thousands of lives were lost, with others altered forever because of one unlucky step. The outcry by civil society in the early 1990s drove the multilateral system to take a stand against the use of anti-personnel mines, leading to the Mine Ban Convention of 1997 and other crucial frameworks. Today, many countries have declared themselves mine free – with others well on the way.

Now, the world is facing a daunting pandemic. The dangers posed by COVID-19 are forcing every country, and every person, to take steps that would have seemed unimaginable mere weeks ago. It is for this reason that this year’s observance of the International Day for Mine Awareness has been scaled back. The football tournaments, due to take place on land cleared of explosive ordnance, have been cancelled; the events aimed at bringing together the mine action community will take place virtually, if at all.

Yet, even in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, we cannot let this Day go unnoticed, nor can we allow the rights of persons with disabilities to go unacknowledged. Mines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices threaten some of the most vulnerable people in society: women traveling to markets, farmers herding cattle, humanitarian workers trying to reach those most in need.

Moreover, the achievements of the mine action community show that, in working together, we can reach milestones once seen as impossible – a timely message for our efforts today to suppress transmission of the pandemic.

So let us remember the people living under the shadow of explosive ordnance, from Syria to Mali and elsewhere. As many people around the world work safely from home, they will remain exposed and vulnerable. And, when the world emerges from today’s crisis, they will continue to need our support.

António Guterres

https://www.un.org/en/observances/mine-awareness-day/messages 

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Decenni fa, milioni di mine antipersona sono state sepolte in vari paesi del mondo. Dalla Cambogia al Mozambico, in Angola e in Afghanistan, migliaia di vite sono state perse, e altre cambiate per sempre a causa di un passo sfortunato. Le proteste della società civile nei primi anni ’90 hanno spinto il sistema multilaterale a prendere posizione contro l’uso di mine antipersona, portando alla Convenzione per la Messa al Bando delle Mine del 1997 e ad altri accordi cruciali. Oggi molti paesi hanno dichiarato di esseri liberi da mine nel loro territorio, mentre altri sono sulla buona strada.

Oggi il mondo sta affrontando una spaventosa pandemia. I pericoli posti dal COVID-19 stanno costringendo ogni paese e ogni persona ad adottare misure che sarebbero sembrate inimmaginabili solo poche settimane fa. È per questo motivo che le celebrazioni di quest’anno della Giornata internazionale sul problema degli ordigni inesplosi e sostegno alla Mine Actionsono state ridotte. I tornei di calcio, che si terranno su terreni sgombrati da ordigni esplosivi, sono stati cancellati; gli eventi volti a riunire la comunità impegnata contro le mine avranno luogo virtualmente, se non saranno cancellate del tutto.

Eppure, anche nel mezzo di una crisi senza precedenti, non possiamo lasciare passare inosservata questa Giornata, né possiamo permettere che i diritti delle persone con disabilità non vengano riconosciuti. Mine, residuati bellici e ordigni esplosivi improvvisati minacciano alcune delle persone più vulnerabili della società: donne che viaggiano verso i mercati, agricoltori che allevano bestiame, operatori umanitari che cercano di raggiungere le persone più bisognose.

 Inoltre, i risultati raggiunti dalla comunità per la Mine Action dimostrano che, lavorando insieme, possiamo raggiungere traguardi una volta considerati impossibili – un messaggio adatto, visti i nostri sforzi oggi per sopprimere la trasmissione della pandemia.

Quindi, ricordiamo tutti le persone che vivono all’ombra di ordigni esplosivi, dalla Siria al Mali e anche altrove. Mentre molte persone in tutto il mondo lavorano in sicurezza da casa, lo invece rimarranno esposte e vulnerabili. E, quando il mondo uscirà dalla crisi di oggi, continueranno ad avere bisogno del nostro sostegno.

CS – FERMATE LA PANDEMIA DELLE GUERRE!

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XV Giornata Internazionale sul problema degli ordigni inesplosi e supporto alla Mine Action (1)

Comunicato Stampa – Roma, (4 aprile 2020): ricorre oggi la XV Giornata Internazionale istituita dalle Nazioni Unite dedicata al problema degli ordigni inesplosi e delle gravi conseguenze che provocano alla popolazione civile anche dopo la fine delle ostilità.

A causa della pandemia dovuta al COVID-19 quest’anno non ci saranno le iniziative e le celebrazioni programmate, ma come riportato nel messaggio del Segretario Generale delle Nazioni Unite questo non significa far passare questa giornata sotto silenzio https://www.un.org/en/observances/mine-awareness-day/messages.

In questo 4 aprile riteniamo doveroso unire la nostra voce alle richiesta di cessate il fuoco lanciate dal Segretario delle Nazioni Unite Antonio Guterres prima e rafforza dalle parole di Papa Francesco poi” dichiara Giuseppe Schiavello direttore della Campagna Italiana contro le mine “ La comunità internazionale della Mine Action propone che venga proclamato un anno di pace, che si proceda con un cessate il fuoco mondiale, per proteggere i più vulnerabili dalla combinazione diabolica di ordigni e servizi sanitari già al collasso per i conflitti, conflitti in cui peraltro il personale medico sanitario rappresenta spesso un bersaglio.”

Gli operatori di tutte le associazioni impegnate sul campo, il personale UNMAS, con iniziativa e creatività hanno aggiunto – ove possibile- tra le proprie attività della Risk Education, quella di diffondere le indicazioni per prevenire la diffusione del Covid-19.  In oltre 30 paesi colpiti dalle mine, gli operatori UNMAS aiutano a mettere in sicurezza le strutture sanitarie, mantengono aperte le vie di accesso per gli operatori umanitari, il personale medico e le forze di pace consentendo così di raggiungere le comunità minacciate dal virus.

Gli amici del Centro Paola Biocca di Amman, progetto per la produzione di protesi per vittime di ordigni inesplosi e persone in disagio sociale promosso, da Campagna Mine, You Able e dalla Associazione Giordana Life Line Consultancy and Rehabilitation impegnati ora in formazione a distanza – aggiunge Schiavello – ci scrivono «possiamo soltanto pregare per voi e siamo vicini all’Italia in questo momento difficile, siamo sulla stessa barca , resistete e proteggetevi…!» …e il nostro pensiero corre a coloro per i quali anche lavarsi le mani è un lusso, a coloro che nel campo o vicino a un pozzo potrebbero incontrare una mina… Sapersi proteggere non è sempre una scelta “-conclude Schiavello

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 L’Assemblea Generale delle Nazioni Unite l’8 dicembre del 2005 ha dichiarato il 4 aprile International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action con la Risoluzione A/RES/60/97

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Per interviste

Giuseppe Schiavello 340/4759230

g.schiavello@campagnamine.org

www.campagnamine.org

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International Day of Mine Awareness

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International Day of Mine Awareness

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In over 60 countries, the dangers of landmines, cluster munitions and other explosive remnants of war still impact the lives
of millions of people.

These indiscriminate killers continue to take too many lives:
More than 20 men, women and children are killed or maimed every day.

In the lead up to April 4, show your support for a mine‐free world and help keep the issue on the international agenda.

How to engage:

1. Download the red triangle from the web site and print it out – or draw it yourself
2. Take a picture with the triangle

3. Upload it to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using #TogetherAgainstMines
4. Share it with your friends – the more we are, the greater the impact!

Let’s raise our voice together! togetheragainstmines.org

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TACKLING COVID-19 TOGETHER

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UNMAS would like to assure you that, thanks to robust business continuity plans (BCP) that account for the COVID -19 pandemic, operations are continuing in some field programmes.

Whether UNMAS operates as a component of peacekeeping or special political mission, or as a member of the country team, our programmes conform to the United Nations Designated Official’s security and programme criticality requirements.

Currently, all key posts in UNMAS field programmes are staffed either in person or through telecommuting arrangements. UNMAS has also started to include virus prevention practices in its community liaison and risk education activities. That said, some tasks are being modified to respond to local travel or movement restrictions and WHO and UN guidelines on preventing potential virus transmission. UNMAS is monitoring the impact of the virus on United Nations mine action operations on a daily basis and is happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Heeding the words of the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, the United Nations Mine Action Service supports efforts to provide education, solidarity, compassion, cooperation and kindness to all people living in conflict and post-conflict settings as they face the COVID 19 pandemic.

UNMAS continues to carry out operations and planning where it can, emphasizing the needs of the most vulnerable; women, children and people with disabilities, and prioritizing the clearance of health facilities and access to these facilities.

One UN, together.

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Some examples of UNMAS Assistance:

  • Somalia
    • In the area of risk education, our programme in Somalia took the initiative to educate the at-risk population about COVID-19 so that they can be more informed about how to protect themselves from the virus.
  • Sudan
    • After the Government of Sudan announced the COVID-19 outbreak as a public health emergency, UNMAS in coordination with National Mine Action Center convened an urgent meeting with the Ministry of Health to suggest the use of Mine Risk Education teams to disseminate COVID-19 awareness messages, including personal hygiene and social distancing, which was welcomed by the health ministry.
    • Today, JASMAR, one of the UNMAS implementing partners is disseminating COVID-19 awareness messages along with explosive ordnance risk education in South Kordofan state.

https://www.unmas.org/en/tackling-covid-19-together-0