Iraq acceded to the Convention on 15 August 2007, and the Convention entered into force for Iraq on 1 February 2008.
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.
As of 2019, Iraq had reported having retained 20 anti-personnel mines for these permitted purposes.
Stockpile Destruction (Article 4)
In its initial transparency report submitted on 31 July 2008, Iraq reported that it had no stockpiled anti-personnel mines under its ownership or possession or under its jurisdiction or control.
Mine Clearance (Article 5)
On 31 July 2008, Iraq submitted its initial transparency report indicating 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, Iraq undertook to destroy or ensure the destruction of all anti-personnel mines in these areas as soon as possible but not later than 1 February 2018.
On 6 April 2017, Iraq submitted a request to extend its mine clearance deadline. The request was granted at the Sixteenth Meeting of States Parties in Vienna, Austria and a new deadline was set for 1 February 2028.
On 14 May 2018, Iraq acted upon the decisions of the Sixteenth Meeting of the States Parties by submitting an updated plan for non-technical survey in the different areas of the country, including NTS plans for areas liberated from ISIS.
On 20 November 2019, Iraq acted upon the decisions of the Sixteenth Meeting of the States Parties by submitting an updated work plan for the implementation of Article 5 of the Convention.
Victim Assistance (Article 6.3)
Iraq is one of the States Parties that has indicated having significant numbers – hundreds or thousands – of landmine survivors. Iraq is also a State Party to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
2017 Extension Request
Annexes to the Extension Request
Revised Extension Request Received Received 28 August 2017
Annexes to the Revised Extension Request