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Issue Brief: U.S. Policy on Landmines

Anti-personnel landmines are “designed to be exploded by the presence, proximity or contact of a person and that will incapacitate, injure or kill one or more persons.” As they are not able to distinguish between civilians and combatants, are hard to safely destroy or remove, and often fail to self-destruct or self-deactivate, landmines continue to inflict human suffering long after a conflict ends.

Understanding Landmines

On June 21, 2022 President Biden announced a near-global ban on anti-personnel landmine use by the United States, fulfilling his campaign promise to reverse the Trump administration’s anti-personnel landmine policy.

FCNL's Work on Landmines

For decades, FCNL has worked to ban the use of landmines, which maim and kill indiscriminately, inflicting human suffering even long after conflict ends.

Continued Pressure on Biden to Ban Landmines

Landmines are ineffective, immoral, and recklessly negligent weapons because they do not discriminate between combatants and civilians. Even as U.S. taxpayers fund the removal of landmines globally, the Biden administration is allowing the U.S. military to develop and deploy new ones.