Guinea-Bissau ratified the Convention on 22 May 2001, and the Convention entered into force for Guinea-Bissau on 1 November 2001.
Stockpile Destruction (Article 4)
In its initial transparency report submitted in June of 2002, Guinea-Bissau reported stockpiled anti-personnel mines under its ownership or possession.
In its transparency report submitted on 15 September 2006, Guinea-Bissau reported that it had completed the destruction of all stockpiled anti-personnel mines.
In total, Guinea-Bissau reported having destroyed 11,654 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. Guinea Bissau has reported having retained 9 anti-personnel mines for these permitted purposes.
Mine Clearance (Article 5)
In its initial transparency report, Guinea-Bissau 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, Guinea-Bissau undertook to destroy or ensure the destruction of all anti-personnel mines in these areas as soon as possible but not later than 1 November 2011.
On 8 September 2010, Guinea-Bissau submitted a request to extend its deadline. The request was granted at the Tenth Meeting of the States Parties (10MSP) and a new deadline set for 1 January 2012.
On 5 December 2012, Guinea-Bissau reported to the Twelfth Meeting of the States Parties (12MSP) that it had fulfilled its obligation under Article 5 of the Convention before its 1 January 2012 deadline.
Guinea-Bissau is one of 30 States Parties that have indicated having significant numbers – hundreds or thousands – of landmine survivors.
Guinea-Bissau is also a State Party to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Article 5 Extension Request
Guinea-Bissau's Extension Request Received 8 September 2010 PDF 480KB
Guinea-Bissau's Extension Request Executive Summary PDF 42KB
Guinea-Bissau's Extension Request Analysis PDF 113KB
Guinea-Bissau's Extension Request Decision PDF 25KB