This report contains country updates written by 110 Landmine Monitor researchers from 93 countries, selected by the Landmine Monitor Core Group and research coordinators. The researchers are cited separately in the List of Contributors. Landmine Monitor is grateful to everyone who contributed research to this report, especially those who provided updated reports at their own cost. We wish to thank the scores of individuals, campaigns, non-governmental and international organizations, mine action practitioners, and governments who provided us with essential information.
We are grateful to the coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), Liz Bernstein, the hardworking ICBL staff, and the ICBL Working Group chairs for providing the ICBL entry and for their continued and crucial assistance in the release, distribution and promotion of the annual Landmine Monitor reports and fact sheets.
We would like to thank the United Nations agencies, regional organizations, the International Committee of the Red Cross and non-governmental organizations that submitted the reports on their activities that are included in the appendices to this report. These contributing entities do not necessarily endorse the rest of the Landmine Monitor Report 2004 and they are in no way responsible for other material contained in this report. Likewise, Landmine Monitor does not necessarily approve of, nor does it take responsibility for the accuracy of, material included in the appendices.
Responsibility for the coordination of Landmine Monitor’s reporting network lies with the five founding Core Group organizations and additional organizations and individuals:
- Human Rights Watch (Stephen Goose, Mark Hiznay, and Mary Wareham) is Landmine Monitor’s global research coordinator, the thematic coordinator on ban policy, and the regional research coordinator for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Middle East and North Africa, and the Pacific;
- Handicap International Belgium (Stan Brabant, Sheree Bailey, Annalisa Formiconi, and Katleen Maes) is the thematic coordinator on victim assistance, on mine risk education, and the regional research coordinator for Asia;
- Kenya Coalition Against Landmines (Mereso Agina and Cornelius Nyamboki) is a regional research coordinator for Africa;
- Mines Action Canada (Paul Hannon, Waldo Abdo Ali, Charlie Avendaño, and Nancy Ingram) is the regional research coordinator for the Americas;
- Norwegian People’s Aid (Wenche Brenden, Sara Sekkenes, and Janecke Wille) is the thematic coordinator for mine action;
- Landmine Action (Ian Doucet) is the regional research coordinator for Europe;
- Landmine Monitor Consultant Marielle Hallez is the regional research coordinator for Francophone Africa;
- Standing Tall Australia (Kristie Barrow, Stephanie Koorey and Loren Persi funded by AusAID and McKay Wood funded by the Canadian Young Professionals International Mine Action Program) is assisting Sheree Bailey with victim assistance research coordination.
The regional research coordinators and consultant Maureen Hollingsworth undertook initial country report edits for Landmine Monitor Report 2004 from May to August 2004, while the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch provided the final editing from June to September 2004. The final editing team consisted of Stephen Goose (chief editor), Mark Hiznay, Mary Wareham, Stuart Maslen (consultant), and Jody Williams (ICBL Ambassador and member of the Advisory Committee of the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch).
Mary Wareham served as the overall coordinator for the production of the report. Various members of the Human Rights Watch staff provided editorial assistance and review. Arms Division associates Kate Carman and Briana Wilson and HRW interns Amelia Bunch, Clare Diefenbach, Jared Eno, Carlee Hobbs, Peter Muller, Lesia Perun, Jon Sherman, Matthew Willner-Reid, and Melissa Wilt, and volunteer Katherina Neuffer, provided additional research and editorial assistance, as well as proof-reading, formatting, and production assistance. Human Rights Watch was responsible for the printing of Landmine Monitor Report 2004. ICBL Webmaster Kjell Knudsen provided the online version of the report at www.icbl.org/lm/2004. Rafael Jiménez and Glenn Ruga provided design. Jasmine Desclaux-Salachas and Michael S. Miller provided maps for the report and its Executive Summary. Digital Interactive produced the CD-Rom version of the report. Many individuals and organizations responded promptly and generously to our call for photographs for inclusion in the Executive Summary.
An ambitious series of meetings was held in strategically significant mine-affected and/or non-signatory countries to both facilitate research and production for this report and to reinforce the ICBL’s activities in the period leading to and following from the Mine Ban Treaty’s 2004 Review Conference. We are grateful for the tireless efforts of the hosts of these meetings and their supporters. We thank:
- International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War/Kyrgyzstan (especially Cholpon Galieva and Nurlan Brimkulov and their team) for hosting the regional research meeting for the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from 3-6 November 2003. We are grateful to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyztsan for its kind assistance.
- The Arab Network of Research on Landmines and Explosive Remnants of War (especially its coordinator, Ghassan Sharour) for hosting the Middle East/North Africa researchers meeting in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates from 8-10 December 2003. We thank the Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (especially its director HH Sheikha Jameela Al-Qasemi) for providing generous support.
- The Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas (CCCM) (especially its national coordinator Álvaro Jiménez Millán), ICBL staff member Jackie Hansen, and Landmine Monitor’s Americas research coordinator Charlie Avendaño for organizing the annual Americas researchers meeting in Bogotá, Colombia from 26-30 January 2004. We are grateful to CIREC (Centro Integral de Rehabilitación de Colombia) and UNICEF for their generous assistance.
- Landmine Monitor’s Europe research coordinator Ian Doucet for hosting the Europe researchers meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on 10 February 2004 and the Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) for providing the meeting facilities.
- The Centre d'Alerte et de Prévention de Conflits/CENAP (especially Charles Ndayiziga and Jean-Gabriel-Gabin Uwamahoro) and Landmine Monitor’s Francophone Africa research coordinator Marielle Hallez for organizing the Francophone Africa researchers meeting in Bujumbura, Burundi from 18-20 February 2004.
- The Afghan Campaign to Ban Landmines (especially its chair Shohab Hakimi, director of the Mine Detection and Dog Center, and member organizations) and Landmine Monitor’s Asia research coordinator Annalisa Formiconi for their organization of the annual regional meeting of researchers from Asia-Pacific in Kabul, Afghanistan from 27-29 March 2004.
- The Bosnia and Herzegovina offices of Handicap International and Norwegian People’s Aid (especially Damir Atikovic/NPA and Melissa Sabatier/HI) and ICBL consultant Loren Persi for their hosting of Landmine Monitor’s annual global research meeting in Sarajevo from 3-5 May 2004. We thank the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina for its kind assistance.
Last, but never least, we thank the donors to the Landmine Monitor initiative and this sixth report. Landmine Monitor's donors are in no way responsible for, and do not necessarily endorse, the material contained in this report. It was only possible to carry out this work with the aid of grants from:
- Government of Australia
- Government of Austria
- Government of Belgium
- Government of Canada
- Government of Denmark
- Government of France
- Government of Germany
- Government of Italy
- Government of Luxembourg
- Government of the Netherlands
- Government of New Zealand
- Government of Norway
- Government of Sweden
- Government of Switzerland
- Government of Turkey
- Government of the United Kingdom
- European Commission
We also thank the donors who have contributed to the individual members of the Landmine Monitor Core Group and other participating organizations.