Colombia ratified the Convention on 6 September 2000, and the Convention entered into force for Colombia on 1 March 2001.
Stockpile Destruction (Article 4)
In its initial transparency report submitted on 15 March 2002, Colombia reported stockpiled anti-personnel mines under its ownership or possession.
In its transparency report submitted on 6 May 2005, Colombia reported that it had completed the destruction of all stockpiled anti-personnel mines. In total, Colombia reported having destroyed 19,026 mines.
Retained Mines (Article 3)
Notwithstanding the obligation to destroy all stockpiled anti-personnel mines, the Convention permits the retention of the minimum number of anti-personnel mines absolutely necessary for the development of and training in mine detection, mine clearance, or mine destruction techniques. Colombia had reported having retained 586 anti-personnel mines for these permitted purposes. In 2013, Colombia destroyed the 586 anti-personnel mines it had retained for permitted purposes.
Mine Clearance (Article 5)
In its initial transparency report, Colombia reported areas under its jurisdiction or control in which anti-personnel mines were known or suspected to be emplaced. In accordance with Article 5 of the Convention, Colombia undertook to destroy or ensure the destruction of all anti-personnel mines in these areas as soon as possible but not later than 1 March 2011.
On 31 March 2010, Colombia submitted a request to extend its mine clearance deadline, presenting a revised request on 13 August 2010. The request was granted at the Tenth Meeting of the States Parties and a new deadline set for 1 March 2021. Acting on this Decision, Colombia submitted an updated work plan 2016-2018 on 2 May 2017.
On 19 March 2020, Colombian submitted a second request to extend its deadline. The decision on the request will be taken at the Eighteenth Meeting of the States Parties in November 2020 in Geneva.
Colombia is one of 30 States Parties that have indicated having significant numbers – hundreds or thousands – of landmine survivors.
Colombia is also a State Party to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
2020 Article 5 Extension Request
Extension Request received on 19 March 2020
Additional information received on 7 August 2020
2010 Article 5 Extension Request
Extension Request received on 31 March 2010
Revised Request received on 20 August 2010
Update on Article 5 Implementation Spanish
Update on Victim Assistance Spanish
Update on Cooperation and Assistance, Spanish
Article 7 Report, Spanish
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