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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. Campaigners all over the world including those in Thailand will be taking part in Lend your Legan 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 present a huge danger and is still devastating many innocent lives. In Thailand, we want all landmines in Thailand 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 2,557 square kilometers mine-affected areas. After 10 years of operation mainly by Thailand Mine Action Center (TMAC) and demining NGOs, around 528 sq.km. of suspected and confirmed hazardous 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 has commitment from the high level, this will enable Thailand to meet its deadline, added Aksel. “Raising awareness and providing assistance for mine action and victims 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. We really hope the effort would continue and victims in the ground would receive more benefit from this. 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 in Chanthaburi province.
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Apopo Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org 084 100 9011, www.apopo.org
Catholic Office for Emergency Relief and Refugees, www.coerr.org 081 857 1449, email@example.com
Jesuit Refugee Services Asia Pacific 081 659 9395, firstname.lastname@example.org www.jrsap.org
Nonviolence International email@example.com www.nonviolenceinternational.net/seasia/
Norwegian People’s Aid Thailand 081 912 5255, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org www.npaid.org
Peace Road Organisation Foundation 089 203 6109,Ruangrit58@gmail.com Facebook: Peace Road Organization
Pong Nam Ron Landmine Survivor Network ChusakSaelee – 089 935 0437
Thai Civilian Deminers Association (TDA) email@example.com, 081 914 1527 www.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 13th anniversary of the Mine Ban Treaty becoming international law, landmine survivors from all over the world 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 have pledged 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 wanted to see Thailand having peace but no landmines.” Said Sermsiri Ingavanija, Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions Campaign Coordinator of Jesuit Refugee Service Thailand is the first country in Southeast Asian region signed the Mine Ban Treaty on 3 December 1997 and ratified the treaty on 27 November 1998. Thailand became the States Parties on 1 May 1999. Key obligations include clearing and destroying all known landmines within 10 years (Thailand already extended the deadline for 10 more years) and providing assistance 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 famous Norwegian 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 the fields, 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 Humanitarian Disarmament (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: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: 081 912 5255 Sermsiri (Chompoo) Ingavanija, Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions Campaign Coordinator of Jesuit Refugee Service
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Note to editors VIDEO:To see / embed the Lend Your Leg video featuring Ban Ki-moon please visit the ICBL on YouTube www.youtube.com/icblnetwork IMAGES: For high resolution images of the ICBL’s work all over the world visit us on Flickr: www.flickr.com/minefreeworld. Please credit images as shown. GLOBAL COMMUNITY: ICBL Facebook: www.facebook.com/minefreeworld ICBL Twitter www.twitter.com/minefreeworld LEND YOUR LEG: to join the global campaign, or to find out more information, please visit the website: www.lendyourleg.org LEND YOUR LEG THAILAND facebook page: visit www.facebook.com/lend Your Leg Thailand LANDMINE FACTS: For more facts and stats on the global landmine problem, and to view a detailed breakdown of the situation in each country, please visit the Landmine Monitor: www.the-monitor.org About the Thailand Network for Humanitarian Disarmament (TNHD) and partners Thailand Network for Thailand network for Humanitarian Disarmament (TNHD) is a network of civil society in Thailand working on disarmament, which is motivated by humanitarian and development considerations. The focus including ban landmines, cluster munitions and armed violence. It focuses on policy and advocacy. TNHD currently has four founding members. Four organizations are in the process of becoming a member. TNHD also works with partners in the country and works hand in hand with global networks i.e. International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions Coalition. About the Mine Ban Treaty Adopted in 1997, the Mine Ban Treaty entered into force on 1 March 1999. The treaty comprehensively bans all antipersonnel mines, requires destruction of stockpiled mines within four years, requires destruction of mines already in the ground within 10 years, and urges extensive programs to assist the victims of landmines. For more information please visit www.icbl.org/Treaty
Interview Opportunities English speakers: Aksel Steen-Nilsen, Programme Manager, Norwegian People’s Aid Thailand, for mine clearance and land release Andrew Sully, Programme Manager, Apopo Thailand, for mine clearance and land release Thai speakers: Shushira Chonhenchob, Norwegian People’s Aid Thailand for mine clearance and victim assistance Sermsiri Ingavanija, JRS, for victim assistance Siwa Boonlert, COERR, for victim assistance and risk education especially in Sakaeo province Chusak Saelee, Survivor Etc.
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