Landmine infestation around strategic sites can deny access to safe drinking water, arable land and prevent mobile rural vaccination teams from going their rounds.
Over the last 55 years, anti-personnel mines have caused more deaths and injuries than nuclear, biological and chemical weapons combined.
The International Committee of the Red Cross estimates that 800 people are killed by mines every month and another 1200 are maimed - a total of 2000 victims a month and close to 25,000 a year.
The UNICEF estimates that of these victims, 5000 to 6000 are children.
What can churches do once the 40 initial ratifications have been achieved?
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Watch out! WTO - facts and info. Martin Robra
From the MAI to the Millenium round. Susan George
TRIPS and its potential impacts on Indigenous Peoples. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
A new beginning - new challenges, new hopes! Aruna Gnanadason
More information and relevant addresses relating to the Landmines campaign can be found here. The LWF and WARC share the same postal address with the WCC: PO Box 2100, 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland.
One year later, disturbing new dimensions to the trait control technology have appeared in more than two dozen patent claims from 12 institutes - moving the debate well beyond the Terminator's ability to genetically-alter a plant to render it seed sterile. The Terminator is a threat to agricultural biodiversity, future scientific research, and to the food security of the 1.4 billion rural people who rely on farm-saved seed and community plant breeding. Companies are now working to control several important genetic traits with a number of external chemical catalysts. RAFI has investigated patent claims that connect the Terminator's "suicide sequence" to enhanced herbicide or fertilizer applications (thereby transferring the sterilization costs from the company to the farmer); other Terminator-type claims that reach beyond plants to insects and mammals; and still other patents that explicitly weaken the plant's pest and disease resistance capacity as part of the genetic sterilization process. The ultimate goal appears not to be to force farmers to buy corporate seed every year but to force farmers to pay for their seed every year - capturing enormous cost savings for the company and rendering the commercial merit of aggressive new plant breeding moot. Farmers are becoming trapped in a pattern of biological controls that lead inevitably to bio-serfdom.
For more information see http://www.rafi.org