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FCNL's Work on Landmines

July 9, 2020

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

As leaders in the U.S. Campaign to Ban Landmines (USCBL), we have joined with likeminded organizations and affected communities to urge the United States to join the other 164 countries who have signed an international agreement to ban these inhumane weapons, which violate the basic principles of international humanitarian law.

Following the White House decision in January 2020 to roll back longstanding U.S. policy against the use of landmines, FCNL has returned this issue to the top of our agenda. FCNL’s current lobbying and advocacy focus is the U.S. ratification of the Mine Ban Treaty and an end to U.S. use, development, production, and acquisition of antipersonnel landmines.

Background 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.

Press Release Joint Statement on the Trump Administration’s New Landmine Policy  

Washington, DC – More than 60 national and international groups urged the administration, Congressional leadership, and the American public today to reject once and for all the worldwide production and use of anti-personnel landmines and join the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty.

Background Understanding Landmines 

On Jan. 31, the White House announced the Department of Defense’s new landmine policy, which lifts existing U.S. prohibitions against the use of landmines outside of the Korean Peninsula. The new policy will allow the Department of Defense to use, develop, produce, or otherwise acquire landmines anywhere in the world. Here’s what you need to know about landmines and this new policy.