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Iraq acceded to the Convention on 15 August 2007, and the Convention entered into force for Iraq on 1 February 2008.


Obligations under the Convention

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.

Iraq does not retain anti-personnel mines.

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. 

On 31 July 2008, Iraq submitted its initial transparency report which indicated that there were areas under Iraq’s jurisdiction or control in which anti-personnel mines are 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 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. 

Extension Request Process

Iraq 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. 

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 on this page.

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.

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

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