Making Central America a Mine-free Zone
ICRC Seminar in Managua, Nicaragua
28–29 May 1996
In association with the Nicaraguan Red Cross, and under the auspices of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nicaragua, the ICRC organized a seminar on landmines in Managua on 28 and 29 May 1996. The meeting was attended by a total of seventy-five officials from the ministries of defence and foreign affairs of six Central American States and Mexico. The participants adopted a declaration supporting a complete ban on antipersonnel mines and containing proposals intended to make Central America the first mine-infested region to become an area freed from the devices. The declaration encouraged States in the region to promote immediate national bans on the production, possession, transfer and use of anti-personnel mines, and to encourage national legislation outlawing such acts and establishing rules guaranteeing employment opportunities for mine victims.
The Managua Declaration was instrumental in encouraging the Central American Foreign Ministers to call for the region to be made a mine-free zone and to commit their countries to prohibiting anti-personnel mines at the international level.
29 May 1996
The States taking part in the Regional Seminar on anti-personnel landmines, mine-clearance and rehabilitation in Central America:
Considering the use of anti-personnel landmines to be a violation of international humanitarian law,