A.c. Shahul ahmeed
Colombo—The Sri Lanka campaign to Ban Landmines (SLCBL) handed over a petition entitled “Ban anti – personnel landmines and Cluster munitions in Post-War Sri Lanka to President Maitripala Sirisena . The petition was signed by members of the academia, professionals, business community and civil society.
The SLCBL comprising concerned citizens of Sri Lanka appeals to the government of Sri Lanka for Sri Lanka’s immediate accession to the Mine Ban Treaty(MBT) widely known as the Ottawa Convention and the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM).Anti-personnel landmines and cluster munitions are considered as inhuman weapons and are outlawed by the international humanitarian disarmament community with its use being widely condemned.
The Post-war Sri lanka’s 54 sq. km area of land is is still contaminated and has to be cleared of AP landmines and explosive remnants of war.
Accession to both conventions will be a guarantee for future generations that these indiscriminate weapons will not be used on Sri Lankan soil; thus joining hands with the world humanitarian disarmament community.