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Ottawa Treaty begins in Cambodia

The Conference of States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty, also known as the Ottawa Treaty, began Monday with 100 States Parties to the treaty present in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Although Cambodia remains one of the most landmine-polluted countries in the world, the amount of 2010 mine-action funding it received...

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New landmine use denounced

The Landmine Monitor is the annual report on the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty, and is produced by several NGOs, including Handicap International. The report was released Wednesday in Bangkok, and found that at least three States not party to the treaty used anti-personnel landmines in 2011. Handicap International condemns the use of these...

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Haiti's progress

When Haiti was struck by an earthquake in January 2010, Handicap International launched an unprecedented emergency response to provide immediate aid to the disaster's victims. Involved in a variety of operations, including logistical support, epidemic control, assistance for vulnerable individuals, orthopedic-fitting, rehabilitation services, and the building of temporary shelters,...

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Cluster munitions treaty in danger

This report provides an annual review of the Convention on Cluster Munitions that bans the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of cluster bombs throughout the world. Report findings demonstrated that the treaty has had a significant positive humanitarian impact, most notably in terms of decontamination of impacted communities and...

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Demining in Libya

Handicap International is stepping up its operations in Libya to ensure that civilians are safe as they begin to return home. In the next few weeks, teams will begin clearing land that rebels and forces loyal to the late Colonel Gaddafi have littered with unexploded remnants of war (shells, munitions,...

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Philippines emergency mission

Still in shock after the devastation caused by typhoon Nesat on September 27, a second typhoon, Nalgae, has struck the northern region of the Philippines. The two typhoons are responsible for the deaths of 59 people and the displacement of about three million others, according to the country's National...

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Haiti: Earthquake recovery

Reynane: Eight-year old Reynane lost a limb in the aftermath of the disaster, which struck Haiti in January 2010. The little girl was trapped under the rubble. She was lucky enough to be rescued alive, but sadly her leg could not be saved.After being discharged from the hospital,...

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Haiti: 18-Month Situation Report

2011 marks a turning point in the organization's global strategy in Haiti. This transition will be accompanied by a reorganization of the mission, with the August 2011 arrival of a Handicap International team dedicated to development activities.Learn more about Handicap International's activities in Haiti in the 18-Month...

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Limiting cholera epidemic impact

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that “the epidemic has killed dozens of people over the last few weeks”, just at the start of the rainy season and the hurricane season. More than 5,400 people have died since the initial outbreak of the epidemic, according...

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Libya: Saving lives

Landmines, used by military forces under the command of Col. Gaddafi in March, now pose a direct threat to the civilian population. The Libyan National Transitional Council has renounced the use of landmines(anti-personnel and anti-vehicle) and agreed to destroy the stockpile of these weapons. In a press release,the Council also expressed...

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