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A Week Dedicated to Campaign to Ban Land Mines

Ljubljana, 29 March - Slovenia is joining an international campaign for a week encouraging people worldwide to stop the damage caused by land mines and show solidarity with survivors of land mines and other explosive remnants of war.

Ljubljana
Slovenia joins the international "Lend Your Leg" campaign.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Running until International Day for Mine Awareness, observed on 4 April, the Lend Your Leg Campaign encourages people to roll up their pant leg or sleeve in a symbolic show of solidarity.

The focus of this year's campaign is on the land mines or other explosive remnants of war that still endanger people's lives.

The Slovenian-run international fund ITF Enhancing Human Security has joined the campaign to help reduce the humanitarian and socio-economic threats from land mines and explosive remnants of war.

They will hold an event in Prešeren Square on Thursday to symbolically simulate a mine explosion, followed by a fund-raising concert in the evening.

The problem of mines is still very serious. After every war or conflict land mines are left behind and endanger the population for years.

The Otawa Treaty banning land mines entered into force in 1999 in what was the first time in history that a widely used conventional weapon was completely banned. The treaty has so far been signed by 162 countries.

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