March 1, 2012 marks the 13th anniversary of the Mine Ban Treaty becoming international law and celebrations will take place around the world in support of landmine survivors.
To date, 159 countries have ratified the treaty while 37 have not. While there has been significant progress in the fight to eradicate antipersonnel landmines, much more needs to be done – especially when it comes to helping landmine survivors re-integrate back into society.
Civil society groups are calling on individuals and governments to show support for the treaty with a new campaign called Lend Your Leg.
Here in Ottawa, Mines Action Canada is hosting a pub night at the Standard Tavern on Elgin Street on March 1 at 7 p.m., with a portion of the proceeds going to support the Uganda Landmine Survivors Association.
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