(13 June 2013) An ICBL delegation conducted the first ever, official advocacy visit to Myanmar/Burma 19-23 May, meeting with representatives from the President's Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Myanmar Peace Centre, and the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement. The delegation also visited the Myanmar Disabled Ex-Army Village and spoke with many of the more than 100 military veterans, all landmine survivors. The ICBL delegation was headed by the ICBL Diplomatic Advisor, Ambassador Satnam Singh, and included ICBL campaigner and Landmine Monitor editor Yeshua Moser-Puangsuwan, as well as two representatives of the newly created Myanmar Campaign to Ban Landmines. The delegation held meetings in Naypyitaw and Yangon.
(3 June 2013) The Mine Ban Treaty Intersessional Standing Committee (ISC) Meetings that took place last week opened with disturbing news of credible reports which, if confirmed, would constitute the most serious violation the treaty has ever confronted: extensive use of antipersonnel mines by government forces in Yemen, as reported by ICBL member HRW, and Foreign Policy Magazine.