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Angola signed the Convention on 4 December 1997, ratified it on 5 July 2002, with the Convention entering into force for Angola on 1 January 2003.

Obligations under the Convention

In its initial transparency report submitted on 14 September 2004, Angola reported anti-personnel mines under its ownership or possession or under its jurisdiction or control. 

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 2020, Angola had reported retaining 1,304 anti-personnel mines for these permitted purposes. These mines are used by the Angolan Armed Forces for the purposes of development and training, and mines for instruction have been provided to the National Institute for Demining and other different mine action operators to instruct on manual, mechanic and canine systems.

In 2010, Angola reported that it had completed the destruction of all stockpiled anti-personnel mines in 2006. In total, Angola reported having destroyed 81,045 mines.

In its initial transparency report, Angola reported areas under its jurisdiction or control in which anti-personnel mines are known or suspected to be emplaced. In accordance with Article 5 of the Convention, Angola undertook to destroy or ensure the destruction of all anti-personnel mines in these areas as soon as possible but not later than 1 January 2013.

On 30 March 2012, Angola submitted a request to extend its mine clearance deadline. The request was granted at the Twelfth Meeting of the States Parties and a new deadline set for 1 January 2018. 

On 11 May 2017, Angola submitted a second request to extend its mine clearance deadline. The request was granted at the Sixteenth Meeting of States Parties, Vienna, Austria and a new deadline set for 31 December 2025.

On 25 November 2018, Angola, acting upon the Decisions of the Sixteenth Meeting of the States Parties submitted an updated work plan for the implementation of Article 5 of the Convention.

Extension Request Process

Angola has indicated having significant numbers – hundreds or thousands – of landmine survivors.

Angola is also a State Party to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Annually and no later than 30 April, each State Party is to update information covering the previous calendar year. The latest Article 7 reports for this State Party can be found further below.

Each State Party is to take all appropriate legal, administrative and other measures, including the imposition of penal sanctions, to prevent and suppress any activity prohibited to a State Party under this Convention undertaken by persons or on territory under its jurisdiction or control.

Angola reported having established national implementation measures or that it considers existing legislation to be sufficient. 

Individualised Approach