Since HI’s beginnings in the Cambodian refugee camps in 1982, here are some key dates in our history.
Orthopaedic fitting for Cambodian refugees in Thailand and the official creation of Handicap International in Lyon, France
Orthopaedic centre opens in Angola, the organisation’s first African programme
programme in Romania, working with orphans
Launch of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and the first mine clearance operations in Cambodia
Intervention in Rwanda in the wake of the genocide
Signature of the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty. HI is jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize as co-founder of the ICBL campaign
Launch of the campaign against cluster munitions
United Nations adopts the international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Signature of the Oslo Treaty banning cluster munitions
Emergency response interventions in Haiti and in Pakistan
Emergency response intervention in the context of the Syria crisis
Emergency response intervention in Nepal
Emergency response intervention in Haiti and Iraq-battle of Mosul
Emergency response intervention in Bangladesh with the Rohingyas refugees
The global Handicap International network changes its name to Humanity & Inclusion
During its more than thirty-five year history, HI has become renowned for its campaigns, in particular against explosive weapons. This dedication, as well as our commitment to working to the highest quality and ethical standards, has been acknowledged with a number of prizes and accolades.
Joint winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
In 1997, HI was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. This prize recognised its work within the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL). The award was announced one week after the signing of the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty outlawing antipersonnel landmines. This major political breakthrough was the result of five years of sustained efforts to ban this “coward' weapon”.
Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize
In 2011, HI was awarded the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize for all of its work with people with disabilities. This prize awarded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation acknowledged almost thirty years of operations. Each year this award honours a non-profit organization judged to have made “extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering.”
United Nations Recognition
Special consultative status
Since 1999, HI has had special consultative status with the United Nations.
Two Nansen Refugee Awards
- In 1996, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees named HI as the winner of the Nansen Refugee Award. This prestigious prize acknowledged its “outstanding service to the cause of refugees”.
- In 2008, the Nansen Refugee Award honoured the work of the deminers working out of the United Nations Mine Action Coordination Centre in South Lebanon, including three HI mine clearance teams.
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