The Encyclopedia is a project of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights launched on 2 December 2013. The Enyclopedia aims to provide accurate, up-to-date information on weapons, the effects of their use, and their regulation under public international law, in a format that is accessible to non-specialists.+ Find out more
The 1997 Anti-Personnel Mine Ban ConventionConvention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction, 18 September 1997, also known as the Ottawa Treaty was adopted at a specially convened diplomatic conference in Oslo in September 1997. Its comprehensive prohibition on anti-personnel mines formally applies only to states parties, but is on its way to becoming part of the corpus of customary international law.
The Convention also requires that areas contaminated with anti-personnel mines be cleared within ten years of a state becoming party to the treaty,Article 4 and that assistance be provided to mine victims.Article 6(3).
Last updated on: 01 December 2013