The virtual exhibit “Together for Mine Action: Give Life Back” aims to raise awareness about survivors of armed conflict. This includes persons either individually or collectively who have suffered physical, emotional and psychological injury, economic loss or substantial impairment of their fundamental rights through acts or omissions related to the use of explosive ordnance.
The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, which came into force on 1 March 1999, introduced international legal obligations on victim assistance and recognized that victims are entitled to receive a range of age- and gender-sensitive assistance, including emergency and on-going medical care, rehabilitation, psychological support, economic inclusion, inclusive education and an effective legal and policy framework. These obligations were further spelled out in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which came into force on the 3 May 2008. These conventions call on governments to ensure necessary data to plan and report on victim assistance and national laws and policies developed and implemented to enforce the victim assistance obligations. Over the last decade, many affected states and donor governments have stopped championing victim/survivor assistance.
The exhibit reaffirms “faith in the fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women …”. The comprehensive efforts undertaken by civil society, governments and the United Nations to eradicate landmines can give us hope today, that together we can make a difference for everyone. This virtual multimedia exhibit aims to bring attention to this critical issue. We welcome the support of the photographers featured in this publication and the guidance and assistance in making this from the award-winning photographers Marco Grob and Giles Duley.
Click here to see the interactive exhibit. Please note that you will be redirected to UNMAS-Shorthand on a third party website.