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.