Humanitarian Demining Medal - Petition

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  1. Hi Guys, I have this posted on the ARRSE site for some time and thought I would bring it here to see if there is any interest. Mine clearance is carried out (generally) by ex service personnel including RN and RM. Support it and send it on if you wish and if you want to read some good argument for and against please go to:

    We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to commission
    and strike an official government medal to be awarded to all
    British citizens who have been, or are, actively engaged in the
    humanitarian clearance of landmines and unexploded ordnance in
    countries around the world in this year of the 10th anniversary
    of the signing of the Mine Ban Treaty and of the death of Diana
    Princess of Wales.

    The deadly legacy of landmines and unexploded ordnance left
    over from conflict causes injury and death to tens of thousands
    of innocent people every year. British civilian 'deminers' employed by various charities, organisations and companies work
    (or have worked) in countries such as Afghanistan, Angola,
    Lebanon, Iraq, Sudan, Kosovo, Bosnia, Laos, Vietnam (to name a
    few) to clear land and ensure that others may live in peace and
    without fear. This dangerous work comes at a cost and several
    have lost lives and limbs. In this the 10th year since the
    signing of the Mine Ban Treaty and the death of Princess Diana
    (an international figurehead against landmines), support this
    petition to have these unsung heroes recognised with the issue
    of an official medal. Join me, a landmine accident survivor, in
    getting the government to issue this medal for such an
    important humanitarian effort ... after all a lot of that
    ordnance was dropped on behalf of the British government.

    Note: In the last 12 months 2 British ex servicemen have been seriously injured and 1 killed (11/10/07) in Lebanon alone doing this work.


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