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Landmines come in two varieties: anti-personnel and anti-vehicle mines. Both have caused great suffering in the past decades. Anti-personnel landmines are prohibited under the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction (or Mine Ban Convention). Its positive impact includes a marked reduction of casualties, an increased number of mine-free States, destroyed stockpiles and improved assistance to victims.
The Secretary-General calls on all countries to also regulate the use of anti-vehicle landmines. Such weapons continue to cause many casualties, often civilian. They restrict the movement of people and humanitarian aid, make land unsuitable for cultivation, and deny citizens access to water, food, care and trade.
Meetings and deadlines
Human Rights Council
Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC)
Landmines under the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons: Amended Protocol II
The original version of Protocol II remains in force for a limited number of States which have not acceded to the amended version.
Explosive remnants of war under the Conventin on Certain Conventional Weapons: Protocol V
High Contracting Parties
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CCW Protocol V