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

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copies of such legislation to the ICRC. The ICRC welcomes any additional information on the measures taken by other States.

Australia Austria Belgium Canada France Germany Guatemala Hungary Italy New Zealand Spain Switzerland United Kingdom


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Unofficial translation from the Austrian law provided by the Austrian Red Cross.

ICRC Information Paper
First Meeting of States Parties to the Ottawa treaty
Anti-Vehicle Mines Equipped with Anti-Handling Devices
For the purpose of this paper “anti-vehicle mines” means all landmines other than
anti-personnel mines

The Ottawa process and the swift entry into force of the Ottawa treaty reflect the international community's commitment to addressing the anti-personnel (AP) mine problem. One of the primary concerns about these weapons is their effect upon innocent civilians especially those moving through an area of conflict or trying to rebuild their lives following the end of hostilities. Through the Ottawa treaty, States have established a total ban on AP mines as well as obligations to destroy AP mine stocks, clear mined areas, and provide resources for mine awareness and victim assistance programs. This comprehensive approach is designed to alleviate the terrible consequences of AP mines and ensure that such a humanitarian tragedy never occurs again.

Under the terms of the Ottawa treaty, anti-vehicle mines equipped with antihandling devices are not considered to be AP mines and therefore are not

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