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.
Article 5 Extension Request Process
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.
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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