April 2, 2022: ICHRRF observes April 4 International Day for Mine Awareness along with the UN
ICHRRF is US based human rights organization that focuses on educational, research, legal, and human rights advocacy of underrepresented communities globally. ICHRRF envisions fair and humane treatment of all living beings. This includes advocating for safe and healthy living conditions for civilians, especially children and women.
Every year, April 4 is observed as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. The day was approved by the United Nations General Assembly on December 8, 2005. This observance raises awareness about landmines and seeks eradication of landmines and explosive remnants of war that constitutes a serious threat to the safety and health of civilians and impedes social and economic development opportunities. According to The-Monitor, more than 120,000 lives were lost between 1999-2017 due to various explosive remnants of war. Sadly, this statistic includes child fatalities. While there are numerous countries still impacted by landmine threats, there are over 12 that are severely mine-affected. Millions of people living in these areas are vulnerable to these uncleared landmines and unexploded ordnance.
For these reasons, the ICHRRF stands with the UN on raising awareness of this serious health and safety crisis of landmines which kill and maim innocent children and women.