8 June 2015
Thailand will host an international symposium on landmine victim assistance between 14 and 17 June 2015 in Bangkok and the northeastern province of Surin.
The symposium, titled "The Bangkok Symposium on Landmine Victim Assistance: Enhancing a Comprehensive and Sustainable Mine Action,” will be organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It is a follow-up on the success of the previous Bangkok Symposium on Cooperation and Assistance, hosted by Thailand in 2014. Thailand has been a State Party to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention since 1999 and is currently a member of the Committee on Victim Assistance under the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Bangkok Symposium 2015 aims to provide a forum for the participants to engage in an exchange of opinion and experience regarding current status and developments of landmine victim assistance around the world. The participants include representatives and experts from States Parties of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention and other observer states, as well as international organizations and relevant non-governmental organizations.
By connecting landmine victim assistance to the empowerment of persons with disabilities in general, the objective of the symposium is to ensure full, equal, and effective participation of mine victims in their societies.
The Bangkok Symposium consists of two parts: a forum to exchange opinions and experiences in Bangkok and a visit to minefield in Surin Province.
Under the Ottawa Treaty on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production, and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and Their Destruction, Thailand established the Thailand Mine Action Center (TMAC), which functions as the operations center for all activities involving land mine clearance and humanitarian work. The Royal Thai Armed Forces are the key organizations in the structure of TMAC.