Ban Landmines

International Campaign to Ban Landmines

JRS has been a key member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines since 1994. Indonesia is not considered to be a country affected by landmines nor cluster munitions. Nevertheless until November 2008 it stockpiled landmines. Indonesia is still stockpiling cluster munitions. Indonesia has begun taking on a leadership role in the Asia Pacific, a region accounting for the highest landmine and cluster munitions casualties and the largest areas still contaminated. Indonesia finally ratified the 1997 UN Treaty to Ban Landmines on 1st August 2007, nine years after it signed the treaty and became the 153rd country to do so. The Indonesian National Armed Forces have destroyed 16.581 landmines until 2012 as a follow-up to the ratification of the convention. The Republic of Indonesia signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Oslo on 3 December 2008 but has not yet ratified. It is hugely significant that the fourth most populous nation in the world has thrown its weight behind the movement to promote a mine-free world and it is expected to do the same for the ban on cluster munitions.

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) calls for:

  1. The signing, ratification, implementation, and monitoring of the mine ban treaty.
  2. Increased resources for humanitarian demining and mine awareness programs.
  3. Increased resources for landmine victim rehabilitation and assistance.

For more information see: www.icbl.org and www.antiranjaudarat.or.id

The Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC) Is an international coalition of around 350 organisations in some 90 countries working on disarmament, peace and security, human rights, victim/survivor assistance, clearance, women’s rights, faith issues and other related issues. Members working to change government policy and practice on cluster munitions – especially through promoting universal adherence to and full compliance with the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions – as well as to raise public awareness of the problem and the ban treaty through civil society campaigns and the media.

CMC vision 

An end for all time to the suffering and casualties caused by cluster munitions

CMC mission

The Cluster Munition Coalition is an international civil society campaign working to eradicate cluster munitions, prevent further casualties from these weapons and put an end for all time to the suffering they cause. The Coalition works through its members to change the policy and practice of governments and organisations towards these aims and raise awareness of the problem amongst the public.

www.stopclustermunitions.org and www.antiranjaudarat.or.id

Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor

JRS Indonesia is conducting research for the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor. This publication is an initiative providing research for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC). It is the de facto monitoring regime for the Mine Ban Treaty and the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor produces several research products including the annual Landmine Monitor and Cluster Munition Monitor reports, online country profile reports, as well as factsheets and maps. The full Landmine and Cluster Munitions Monitor report and previous issues can be downloaded or ordered from www.the-monitor.org

A student looking at the photos of cluster bomb survivals exhibited at Gadjah Mada University

Convention on Cluster Munitions: An Effort to Change States’ Behavior

To convince the public and the Indonesian government that ratification is something important and necessary, a socialization of the impact of cluster bomb use should be a continuous process. Socializing the impacts of cluster munitions faced by civilians is an attempt to help the public come to grasp the suffering and loss – and the process of “passing over” the pain – that is experienced by the victims and survivors of cluster bombs. This will make empathy for the victims and survivors grow exponentially. In turn, this empathy will encourage the growth of interest in prohibiting cluster munitions in a more effective way. Hopefully, the dream of Berihu Mesele, to prevent other people from facing the problems caused by cluster munitions, is increasingly becoming a reality. Continue reading

The activists of CMC

The Cluster Munition Coalition turns ten

Over the last decade CMC campaigners from over 100 countries have worked tirelessly together to develop highly successful national advocacy and campaigning strategies mobilizing governments worldwide to join the ban and push for progress on implementation.

Syria’s use of cluster munitions highlights the urgency and the importance of the work still to be done to prevent the unacceptable harm caused by these horrific weapons. Continue reading

Flash Mop-Smart Mop at Nol km, Yogyakarta

Band Landmines and Peace

On 4th April – International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action – 40 Students lend their Leg after attending the seminar on “Ban Landmines, Build Peace” including a skype chat with ICBL Ambassador Tun Channareth  from Cambodia, a … Continue reading

Andy Rachmianto as keynote speaker

A Triumph of Humanity: 1st August, Entry Into Force of the Cluster Munitions Convention

It is the 1st of August and today the ban of these weapons is becoming valid international law. The ban prohibits the production, use, transfer and stockpiling of cluster bombs and provides obligations to governments to clear contaminated areas and assist survivors of cluster munitions accidents. Continue reading

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Workshop on The Convention on Cluster Munitions

Active for many years in Landmine and Cluster bomb eradication in the ASEAN region, JRS representatives from Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia met in Jakarta during 22 and 23 March to plan on how to further promote the universalisation and implementation of the two successful disarmament treaties. “Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) rejoiced when Indonesia ratified the Mine Ban Treaty and destroyed its stockpiles of mines in 2008, the same year Indonesia signed the Convention on Cluster Munitions,” remembers Fr. Adrianus Suyadi, SJ Director of JRS Indonesia. Continue reading

Soraj Ghulam Habib: one of Ban Advocates member who lost
both of his legs and one finger in a cluster munition explosion in
2001 in Herat, Afghanistan

Survivors To Campaigners

More than three decades after the war ended in Vietnam, explosive remnants, including unexploded cluster bombs still pose a deadly threat to the lives and livelihoods of the people in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. More than 100,000 people have been killed or injured because of explosive remnants of war. “I have a dream,” said Mr Thi, “of a peaceful world in which cluster munitions are banned by all countries forever for the sake of our children who will have a safe environment to study and prosper. Therefore, I call on more countries to jointly participate in this global effort to make it happen by signing, ratifying and putting the convention into practice and implement the Convention very soon.” Mr Thi is one of the 35 campaigners attending the conference and taking the opportunity to not only telling Continue reading