Handicap International is organising a "Symbolic Pyramid" against the bombing of civilians this Saturday 2 October 2021 in Place Clairefontaine in Luxembourg-Ville, from 10:00 to 17:00.
In 1997, more than two million signatures preceded the adoption of the Ottawa Treaty banning anti-personnel mines. In 2008, it was once again the mobilisation of citizens that led to the signing of the Oslo Convention on Cluster Munitions. On the strength of these experiences, Handicap International has embarked on a new fight for six years: the fight against the bombing of civilians.
For the 22nd edition of its Solidarity Pyramid (or Shoe Pyramid), Handicap International is once again shedding light on unacceptable war practices, the consequences of which civilians pay during conflicts and long after the end of the fighting. To put an end to the number of cities affected by bombings, Handicap International, together with the International Network of Explosive Weapons (INEW), are defending the project of an international political declaration against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. After a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the diplomatic process is entering the home stretch, according to Handicap International; the text is expected to be adopted by the end of the year.
As the finalisation of this process draws nearer, Handicap International is calling on the public to write history by mobilising within the framework of the Solidarity Pyramid. The non-profit organisation is inviting citizens to mobilise against indifference to the bombing of civilians and to call on their MPs to come up with an ambitious political declaration against the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.
This year's pyramid will be composed of images and sounds in order to offer a more global awareness-raising experience
Venue: Place Clairefontaine, Luxembourg-Ville
Organiser: Handicap International