A new policy released this week by the United States rolls back prohibitions on landmine production and use, put in place in 2014. The previous policy prohibited the United States from using landmines outside the Korean Peninsula and production had been ceased.
“Mr. Trump’s policy rollback is a step toward the past, like many of his other decisions, and sends exactly the wrong message to those working to rid the world of the scourge of landmines,” said Nobel peace laureate Jody Williams, who received the prize in 1997 for her work to ban landmines.
Landmines continue to kill and maim for decades after peace treaties have been signed. It is estimated that 130,000 people have been killed by landmines between 1999 and 2018, most of them civilians and children.
Bernstein and Hunt: Canada must stand up to U.S. reversal on landmines, Ottawa Citizen, 5 February 2020.
‘Absolutely Horrific’: Trump Preparing to Roll Back Restrictions on US Military Use of Landmines, Common Dreams, 30 January 2020.
Press release, International Campaign to Ban Landmines, 3 February 2020.
Press release, Human Rights Watch, 31 January 2020.