accurately recorded or they possess an effective neutralizing mechanism.
The Protocol also stipulates that all pre-planned minefields must be
recorded and that, with regard to all other minefields, the parties to the
conflict are to endeavour to record their location.The ICRC participated as an observer in the negotiations of the CCW.
Although there were few formal interventions by the ICRC during the
negotiating process, the results of the three expert meetings convened by
the ICRC on the subject of conventional weapons in relation to
1974–1977 Diplomatic Conference provided much of the background
material for the preparatory meetings and diplomatic negotiations. Several
subsequent articles were published which specifically spoke about the
treaty's obligations relating to landmines.As at 1 May 2000, the 1980 CCW had been ratified by seventy-eight
States, and Protocol II had been ratified by seventy States. The provisions of
Protocol II would later be strengthened by the adoption of amendments
during the 1995–1996 Review Conference of the 1980 CCW which would
also adopt a protocol banning blinding laser weapons.
A New Step Forward in International Law: Prohibitions or Restrictions on the
Use of Certain Conventional Weapons
by Yves Sandoz
Published in the International Review of the Red Cross, 220
I. INTRODUCTIONOn 10 October 1980, the “United Nations Conference on Prohibitions or
Restrictions of Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May be Deemed to
be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects” ended with the adoption
by consensus of the following instruments:
|—Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain
|—Protocol on Non-Detectable Fragments (Protocol I),|
|—Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby-Traps
and Other Devices (Protocol II),|
|—Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Incendiary Weapons
In addition, at its first session, the Conference had adopted a Resolution on
small-calibre weapon systems. All these texts are reproduced in this issue of the
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: The Banning of Anti-Personnel Landmines: The Legal Contribution of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Contributors: Louis Maresca - Editor, Stuart Maslen - Editor.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press.
Place of publication: Cambridge, England.
Publication year: 2000.
Page number: 91.
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