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Ensuring Universal Adherence

What the Convention says

  • The Convention emphasizes that the States Parties are “determined to work strenuously towards the promotion of its universalization in all relevant fora.”
  • In accepting the Convention, “each State Party undertakes to never under any circumstances:
    • use anti-personnel mines;
    • develop, produce, otherwise acquire, stockpile, retain or transfer to anyone, directly or indirectly, anti-personnel mines;
    • assist, encourage or induce, in any way, anyone to engage in any activity prohibited to a State Party under this Convention.” 
  • It should be noted that “the Articles of this Convention shall not be subject to reservations.”

Progress made

162 States have ratified or acceded to the Convention. They include:

  • Most of the States that at one time used, stockpiled, produced or transferred anti-personnel mines.
  • The majority of States that are or have been affected by anti-personnel mines.
  • Every state in the Americas except Cuba and the United States.
  • Every state in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The use of anti-personnel mines has decreased dramatically through adherence to the Convention and the widespread acceptance of its provisions by States not party.

The production of anti-personnel mines has decreased significantly: Of the 50 States that at one time produced anti-personnel mines, 34 are now bound by the Convention.

Challenges that remain

  • 35 States have not yet ratified or acceded to the Convention. 
  • Combined, six of these States – China, India, the Republic of Korea, Pakistan, Russia and the United States – may hold tens of millions of stockpiled antipersonnel mines.
  • Some States not party to the Convention have made new use of anti-personnel mines.
  • Some armed non-state actors continue to use, stockpile, and produce anti-personnel mines. 

 

 STATUS OF RATIFICATION AND ACCESSIONS
 

 

To date, 162 States have formally agreed to be bound by the Convention.


View/download the list of the States Parties with dates of formal acceptance of the Convention and entry into force PDF 128KB

View/download the list of States not party to the Convention PDF 99KB 


 

The Convention defines an anti-personnel mine as “a mine designed to be exploded by the presence, proximity or contact of a person and that will incapacitate, injure or kill one or more persons.”
Claymore-type munitions (pictured above) are prohibited when these munitions are activated by a trip-wire (i.e., victim-activated).
They can lawfully be used in a command-detonated mode (i.e., when they are not victim activated).