In Remembrance: Tim Carstairs

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Former International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and Cluster Munition Coalition colleague Tim Carstairs passed away 6 January 2015, following a long illness. The CISR family mourns Tim, a legend in the early days of ICBL who took part in its creation in October 1992. His professional contributions extend to the banning and clearance of anti-personnel landmines and victim assistance through his work with Handicap International, MAG (Mines Advisory Group), the UK Working Group on Landmines, and Geneva Call.

I had the privilege of working with Tim around the world, including in Syria in 2005 when we spoke at the opening of a new hospital in the unoccupied Golan Heights to service survivors, and when he expended his gracious time to interview for my book, Disarming States. Tim was a humanitarian advocate and aid worker who devoted his life to making our world a safer place.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Tim’s family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. c

~Ken Rutherford with Luiza Pire, CISR staff