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More about: Landmines

 

 
Books

After the guns fall silent
The Enduring Legacy of Landmines
By Shawn Roberts and Jody Williams, Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, Washington DC, 1995

A look at the long-term toll taken by AP landmines, packed with data showing their effects on civilians and societies trying to rebuild after years of war.

Available from Oxfam UK and Ireland, 274 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7DZ, UK. GB£ 12.50.

 
 

Landmines a deadly legacy
The Arms Project (a division of Human Rights Watch) and Physicians for Human Rights, USA, October 1993

An extensive report describing the history and use of AP landmines, their social and medical consequences and international laws governing their use, along with a series of detailed country studies.

Available in English from Human Rights Watch, 485 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10017-6104, or Physicians for Human Rights, 100 Boylston Street, Suite 702, Boston, MA 02116, USA.

 
 

Still Killing
Landmines in Southern Africa
Human Rights Watch Arms Project, USA, May 1997

An up-to-date view of the landmines situation in southern Africa, where the weapons have claimed more than 250,000 victims since 1961, when the first known casualty from a landmine occurred. Ten out of twelve countries in the Southern Africa Development Community are affected, with as many as 20 million landmines in the ground there.

Available in English from Human Rights Watch, 485 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10017-6104, USA.

 
 

Anti-personnel landmines: Friend or Foe?
By Patrick Blagden, ICRC, Geneva, 1996

An independent study commissioned by the ICRC and carried out by a former British Army officer and a senior demining adviser for the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations. The conclusions throw clear doubts on the military utility of AP landmines.

Available from the ICRC in English, French and Spanish. Sfr 6.

 
 

The Technology of Killing
By Erik Prokosch, Zed Books, London, 1995

The story of the development and widespread proliferation of anti-personnel weapons since World War II, arguing that there is no hope of mitigating the sufferings of war as long as the world refuses to face the moral and practical problems posed by these weapons.

Available in English from Zed Books Ltd., 7 Cynthia Street, London N1 9JF, UK.

 
 

Clearing the Fields
Solutions to the Global Landmines Crisis
Edited by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D., BasicBooks and the Council on Foreign Relations, USA, 1995

The landmine issue as seen from a variety of practical viewpoints, including the ethical, legal, economic, medical and military perspectives, and offering real solutions — both short and long term — to the global problem of buried landmines.

Available in English from BasicBooks, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299, USA. US$25.

 
 

Assistance for victims of anti-personnel mines:
Needs, constraints and strategy
By Dr Robin M. Coupland FRCS, ICRC, June 1997

The published version of a report prepared for the Tokyo conference on AP mines identifying the specific medical and rehabilitation needs of mine victims and looking at the constraints of providing for these needs in conflict situations. It also proposes a strategy to integrate assistance and prevention through a “Mines Information System” (MIS).

Available from the ICRC in English and French.

 
 

Anti-personnel landmines in Central America:
Conflict and post-conflict
ICRC, 1996

A country-by-country profile of the consequences of widespread use of anti-personnel landmines in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica, with information on areas affected by mines, landmine victims and demining activities.

Available from the ICRC in English, French and Spanish.

 
What’s New

L’Octobre hongrois: entre croix rouge et drapeau rouge
By Isabelle Vonèche Cardia,
Editions Bruylant, Brussels, 1997

Based on her research in the ICRC’s archives, Isabelle Vonèche Cardia analyses the institution’s humanitarian action in Hungary during the 1956 events, an operation which lasted until the 1960s. This example is a model
of the ICRC’s methods of intervention, later repeated in Viet Nam, Afghanistan, Cambodia and other contexts governed by authoritarian regimes.

Available in French from the ICRC. Sfr 15.

 

 

Droit des conflits armés
Dietrich Schindler and Jiri Toman,
ICRC and the Henry Dunant Institute, Geneva, 1996

In this 1,470-page tome, Schindler and Toman bring together all the multilateral conventions relative to the law of war adopted since the Paris Declaration of 1856. Originally published in 1973 in English, the updated collection of documents has now been produced in French and includes additional material previously not available in print.

Available in French from the ICRC.

 

 

Someone at school has AIDS:
A complete guide to education policies concerning HIV infection
National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, 1996 edition

The second edition of Someone at school has AIDS offers updated guidelines and recommendations on developing HIV policy in the school environment. In the report, the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and more than 28 major health and education organizations in the United States urge school authorities and policymakers to move quickly to adopt clear, uniform guidelines on how to address the needs of pupils and staff who live with HIV/AIDS.

Available in English from
NASBE Publications,
1,012 Cameron Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, USA.

 

 

 

Internally displaced persons
ICRC, Geneva, 1996

This publication contains presentations, reports and conclusions made at a symposium on displaced people which was held in Geneva from 23 to 25 October 1996 at which representatives from governments, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, universities and the Movement discussed strategies to respond better to the needs of people displaced within their own country and ways to prevent population displacements in the first place.

Available in English and French from the ICRC.

 

 

Annual Report 1996
ICRC, June 1997

A comprehensive round-up of the ICRC’s activities for the victims of conflict around the world, with full financial tables and audited figures.

Available from the ICRC in English, French and Spanish.

 

 

Annual Report 1996
International Federation, June 1997

A review of the Federation’s work through 170 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, worldwide delegations and its Geneva Secretariat, highlighting key activities in humanitarian action, along with the year’s financial statements.

Available from the Federation in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.


Videos


 

Danger Mines
Felix Zurita, ICRC, January 1997,
7 minutes 55 seconds

A film portraying the situation of victims of AP landmines in southern Africa, as well as the tragic economic and social consequences of this scourge. The film also addresses the issue of victim assistance, mine clearance and mine awareness.

Available in English, French and Portuguese. Sfr 20.

 

A man-made epidemic
Eric Vander Borght, ICRC, February 1997, 9 minutes 47 seconds

Most people who fall victim to AP landmines suffer in agony, often alone. More than half die on the spot or in transit; still others receive inadequate medical care. Low-tech, relatively low-cost care exists, but it is often unavailable.
A war surgeon recounts his experiences and makes a plea for the victims.

Available in English and French.
Sfr 20.


Electronic Media

 

Random Ambush
ICRC, Geneva, 1996

A multi-media programme on CD-ROM presented in the form of a mine-clearance game using photos, voice recordings, video clips and graphics to relate a host of facts and figures about landmines.

Available from the ICRC in English. Special offer: Sfr 15 (US$10), limited to 30 September 1997; please specify that you learned of the CD-ROM through Red Cross, Red Crescent magazine. A Spanish version can be obtained from the Spanish Red Cross or a number of National Societies in Latin America.

What’s New

IHL CD-ROM
ICRC, 1997

Based on her research in the ICRC’s archives, Isabelle Vonèche Cardia analyses the institution’s humanitarian action in Hungary during the 1956 events, an operation which lasted until the 1960s. This example is a model of the ICRC’s methods of intervention, later repeated in Viet Nam, Afghanistan, Cambodia and other contexts governed by authoritarian regimes.

Available in French from the ICRC. Sfr 15.

   


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