The Lebanon Mine Action Centre (LMAC) and its national and international partners continued to make progress in mine clearance in 2019, both in the far south near the Blue Line and in small, scattered mined areas in Mount Lebanon, as well as addressing more recent contamination along the border with Syria in the north. In a positive development, on 30 January 2020, the United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL) and LMAC signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on demining, with UNIFIL planning to start survey and clearance for humanitarian purposes.
Lebanon should accede to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC) as a matter of priority. Despite not yet being a State Party to the APMBC, Lebanon has obligations under international human rights law to clear landmines in areas under its jurisdiction or control as soon as possible.
Wherever possible, evidence-based non-technical survey and technical survey should be used to more accurately define areas of actual mine contamination prior to initiating clearance.
The integration and consolidation of the LMAC and Regional Mine Action Centre (RMAC) databases and servers should be completed as soon as possible.
Click here to download the "Clearing the Mines 2020" report for Lebanon.