The Banning of Anti-Personnel Landmines: The Legal Contribution of the International Committee of the Red Cross

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ban on the use of booby-traps representing a grave danger to the civilian population. As examples for the first category he mentioned such objects as fountain pens and children's toys, which would generally be used by civilians rather than combatants.

258. This suggestion drew support from various sides, although certain criticisms were also formulated. As regards the first proposition, it was pointed out that, with the possible exception of toys, objects falling within the category indicated above were often not exclusively used by civilians. It was noted that, even though one might feel great sympathy for the President's suggestion, it needed to be examined rather carefully. As for the second suggestion, several experts felt that, as formulated, it was too vague to be acceptable and needed clarification; it was also stated that, once again, the point at issue here was the method of utilization rather than the inherent characteristics of a given weapon.

259. As for methods of use, it was widely felt that in further deliberations on the subject stress should be laid on use against the civilian population.


Conference of Government Experts on the
Use of Certain Conventional Weapons

Report
Second Session held in Lugano, Switzerland
28 January–26 February 1976

The examination of certain conventional weapons continued with a second meeting of government experts in 1976. The purpose of the meeting was two fold: to study any new information, new facts and new arguments related to the various categories of weapons under consideration; and to examine in further detail the possibility, contents and form of any bans or restrictions on use. The conference was divided into working groups to examine the proposals submitted by government experts. Reproduced below are the relevant discussions on landmines from the Report on Plenary Meeting Proceedings, the general debate in the Summary Records of Plenary Meetings, the Report of the General Working Group and the Report of the Working Sub-Group of Military Experts on Mines and Booby-Traps. The various proposals submitted to the conference, which are attached to the conference report in an annex, are also reproduced.

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