Ban Landmines Campaign Nepal (NCBL) works to advance peace and disarmament in Nepal at both grassroots and national levels. NCBL was established on 4th July 1995 with the objective of raising awareness within civil society about the loss of lives and property caused by landmines in Nepal and to create pressure on the Government of Nepal to ban the production, transfer, use and stockpiling of landmines to enhance world peace.
The organisation’s main office is located in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, where NCBL has access to government ministries, political leaders, embassies and the headquarters of regional and international NGOs.
The 10-year conflict in Nepal (1996-2006) between Maoist and government forces killed more than 15,000 people and displaced 10 times as many from their homes. Unfortunately, Nepal has yet to sign the Mine Ban Treaty (MBT) and the Nepal Army began using landmines in 2002. Landmines have claimed at least 860 victims in Nepal and injured as many as 1,500 (IRIN). In the post-conflict setting, unstable government and lack of political order has road-blocked the effective implementation of national victim assistance.
As a core tenant of its community peacebuilding work, NCBL focuses on engaging marginalised populations, especially from rural/remote areas of Nepal. As such, NCBL has developed a strong network of community partners across all five of Nepal’s development regions (Far-Western, Western, Mid-Western, Central, and Eastern) and has implemented direct programs in forty six of Nepal’s seventy five districts.