Lawmakers Press Esper on Landmine Policy
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President Trump removes limits on landmine deployments.
The world has rejected landmines because they are indiscriminate and disproportionately harm civilians. In response to new Trump administration policies, Congress should impose a ban on the deployment of any type of anti-personnel landmine in new theaters of operation and encouraging the United States to join the Mine Ban Treaty.
If the Trump administration reverses the Obama-era policy on anti-personnel mines, Congress should respond by imposing a ban on the deployment of any type of anti-personnel land mine in new theaters of operation.
Now 20 years in force, the treaty has made significant progress toward its goal of ridding the world of anti-personnel landmines.
An international effort aims to draft a declaration before a 2020 meeting in Dublin.
States-parties to the cluster munitions treaty marked milestones in destroying the lethal weapons that have taken thousands of lives.
Mine Ban Nears 20th Anniversary
Four more countries complete elimination, as states-parties increase to 104.