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CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-00011; fax (319) 384-0024
e-mail: mary-geraghty@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

Group opposing land mines to speak in Iowa City

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A nation-wide bus tour promoting awareness of the hazards posed by land mines will stop in Iowa City Thursday, Nov. 6 to speak with local residents about an international treaty to ban land mines.

The group, representing the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines, includes a survivor of a land mine explosion as well as several people who have campaigned to eliminate land mines. They will speak about their experiences living and working in mined countries, and show photographs, posters, videos and slides.

The presentation will be at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Parish Hall. Those who attend are asked to use the Linn Street entrance to the hall.

The Iowa City stop on the "Ban Bus" tour is co-sponsored by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, the Iowa City Human Rights Commission, the University of Iowa International and Comparative Law Program, the Iowa Society of International Law and Affairs, the Iowa Division and Johnson County Chapter of the United Nations Association, Global Focus, Human Rights 1998, and the St. Mary Parish Peace and Justice Commission.

For additional information, contact the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council at (319) 335-0351.

10/30/97