Kathmandu, 3 December 2016 – A delegation led by Purna Shova Chitrakar, coordinator of Ban Landmines Campaign Nepal (NCBL) called on Minster for Foreign Affairs Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat; Minister for Peace and Reconstruction Shanti Devi Yadav at their respective ministries and urged them to sign the Ottawa Treaty also known as the Mine Ban Treaty.
NCBL delegation met with the ministers on the eve of a three-day Painting and Photo Exhibition held at Nepal Art Council Gallery in Kathmandu from 1-3 December 2016. The painting and exhibition showcased the loss of lives and property due to the use of landmines and explosives, activities on mine risk education, demining of mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during the decade-long conflict.
High school students and the staff and volunteers of NCBL had painted and collected more than 150 photographs from Asia, Europe, Africa and America. Survivors of mines and IEDs including those from the Nepal Police, The Armed Police Force, Nepal Army, the Maoists and the common people played an active role in the exhibition. Epitomizing themselves, they pleaded for the complete ban on mines and IEDs.
On 3 December, the Association of the Disabled Nepal and the members of survivors’ network of mines and IEDs also took out a rally. The participants in the rally demanded with the government to ban mines and IEDs, provide assistance to victims, to reduce the risks of such weapons. The rally began from Exhibition Road at Bhrikuti Mandap and ended at the exhibition venue at Babar Mahal.
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