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Press release: Lend Your Leg Mine Awareness Day Press Release 2012-04-03

Press release: Lend Your Leg Mine Awareness Day Press Release 2012-04-03

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Join people around the world and land mine victims
calling for a final stop to landmines
ร่วมกับคนทั่วโลกและผู้ประสบภัยเรียกร้องไม่ให้มีการใช้ทุ่นระเบิดอีกต่อไป !
Bangkok, 4 April 2012: In more than 70 countries thousands of people today, the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, will roll-up their pant legs and stand side-by-side with survivors and affected communities to call for a full stop to the harm landmines still cause.
Join people around the world and land mine victims
calling for a final stop to landmines
ร่วมกับคนทั่วโลกและผู้ประสบภัยเรียกร้องไม่ให้มีการใช้ทุ่นระเบิดอีกต่อไป !
Bangkok, 4 April 2012: In more than 70 countries thousands of people today, the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, will roll-up their pant legs and stand side-by-side with survivors and affected communities to call for a full stop to the harm landmines still cause.

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-------------PRESS RELEASE------------EMBARGOED FOR USE UNTIL 00:00 4 APRIL 2012
 Join people around the world and land mine victimscalling for a final stop to landmines
ร่วมกับคนทั วโลกและผ   ู ้ประสบภัยเรียกร้องไม่ให้มีการใช้ทุ ่นระเบิดอีกต่อไป 
 
Bangkok, 4 April 2012: 
In more than 70 countries thousands of people today, the InternationalDay for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, will roll-up their pant legs and standside-by-side with survivors and affected communities to call for a full stop to the harm landminesstill cause.Campaigners all over the world including those in Thailand will be taking part in Lend your Leg-an inspirational global day of action launched last month
 – 
to call for an end to the curse of antipersonnel mines.Aksel Steen-
Nilsen, Norwegian People’s Aid Thailand Programme Manager, said: “With this
simple action of rolling-up your pant leg we want to remind the world that landmines still presenta huge danger and is still devastating many innocent lives. In Thailand, we want all landmines inThailand
to be cleared by 2018 as our deadlines for the obligation of article 5, Mine Ban Treaty.”
 From the Level 1 Survey by
Norwegian People’s Aid in 2000
-2001, Thailand has around 2,557square kilometers mine-affected areas. After 10 years of operation mainly by Thailand MineAction Center (TMAC) and demining NGOs, around 528 sq.km. of suspected and confirmedhazardous areas is now left to be tackled. Besides four Humanitarian Mine Action Units, four demining NGOs (NPA, TDA, Apopo and PRO) are working using the Land Release methodology.
“We
believe this approach will speed up mine clearance operation and if Thailand hascommitment from the high level, this will enable Thailand to meet its deadline, added Aksel.
“Raising awareness and providing assistance for mine action and victim
s are very important.Thailand has developed significant progress in the past 13 years.
Survivor’s quality of lives has
been increased significantly but some of my friends still could not easily access the services. Wereally hope the effort would continue and victims in the ground would receive more benefit fromthis. I want to see Thailand having
zero new victims
(either person or elephant) in a very near future
.” Said
Chusak Saelee, Leader of the Pong Nam Ron Landmine Survivor Network inChanthaburi province.
ApopoAndrew.sully@apopo.org084 100 9011,www.apopo.org  Catholic Office for Emergency Relief and Refugees,www.coerr.org  081 857 1449, siwa@coerr.orgJesuit Refugee Services Asia Pacific081 659 9395, sermsiri@jrs.ort.hwww.jrsap.org Nonviolence Internationalfredlubang@gmail.comwww.nonviolenceinternational.net/seasia/ 
Norwegian People’s Aid Thailand
 081 912 5255, akst@npaid.org,shushira@gmail.com, leem@npaid.orgwww.npaid.org Peace Road Organisation Foundation089 203 6109,Ruangrit58@gmail.comFacebook: Peace Road Organization
PNR LSN
 
Pong Nam RonLandmine Survivor NetworkChusakSaelee
 –
089 935 0437Thai Civilian Deminers Association (TDA)amorn@tda.or.th, 081 914 1527www.tda.or.th
 
 
Recently, Thailand has around 20-30 new landmine victims per year, while the total accumulated number is at least 3,468(dead 1497, injured 1971). The number decreased from the estimation of 50-100 people per year in 2003.On 1 March, the 13
th
anniversary of the Mine Ban Treaty becoming international law, landmine survivors from all over theworld including Thailand joined United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to launch the Lend Your Leg campaign.Since then activists, United Nations officials, politicians, celebrities, journalists and ordinary people everywhere havepledged to
“lend their legs” to speak out against this indiscriminate weapon which continues to blight people’s lives.
 
Lend Your Leg Action is a global action, not only in Thailand. We lend our legs as a symbol of supporting landmine victims.
We don’t want any more
 
use of landmines. We don’t want any more people injured or dead because of landmines. There
have been too many losses. Visit our Facebook and you will see many Thais from all over the country and even from abroad,including foreigners living in Thailand w
anted to see Thailand having peace but no landmines.”
 Said Sermsiri Ingavanija, Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions Campaign Coordinator of Jesuit Refugee ServiceThailand is the first country in Southeast Asian region signed the Mine Ban Treaty on 3 December 1997 and ratified thetreaty on 27 November 1998. Thailand became the States Parties on 1 May 1999. Key obligations include clearing anddestroying all known landmines within 10 years (Thailand already extended the deadline for 10 more years) and providingassistance to victims.
Lend Your Leg in Thailand and around the world
Amongst those who will take part in Lend Your Leg today are leading ministers from Albania, Chile, Denmark, El Salvador,Norway and Colombia, best-selling author and concentration camp survivor Stéphane Hessel from Germany, and famousNorwegian sports starts and musicians.In Thailand, Norwegian Ambassador, Australian Ambassador, Belgian Ambassador, Director General and the senior staff of Thailand Mine Action Center, members of the Thailand Network for Humanitarian Disarmament and partner, deminers in thefields, victims, university students, displaced people and more have taken part in Lend Your Leg.Lend Your Leg 2012 at the international level is officially partnered by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL)and the United Nations, with support from the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement. The Thailand Network for HumanitarianDisarmament (TNHD) and partners are campaigning for the Lend Your Leg in Thailand.ENDS
Media contact
Shushira (Oun) Chonhenchob, Programme and Advocacy Officer, Norwegian People’s Aid Thailand
 Email: shushirac@npaid.org Cell: 081 912 5255 Sermsiri (Chompoo) Ingavanija, Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions Campaign Coordinator of Jesuit Refugee Service

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