by Petra Schroeter
Executive Director, Handicap International Switzerland
15 years ago, on 1 March 1999, the Ottawa Treaty banning the production, use, stockpiling and transfer of anti-personnel mines entered into force. At the heart of the civil society stakeholders’ concerns who drove its creation: victims and their protection. Fifteen years later, 163 States have signed the Treaty and committed to respect its principles. However, the battle is far from over.