Skip to main content

Low Metal Content Antivehicle Mines

Memorandum for Delegates to the CCW Review Conference, December 2001

During the last review of the 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) a proposal was tabled that mines should meet a minimum detectability standard of a signal equivalent to eight grams of a coherent mass of iron on commonly available mine detection equipment. This requirement was adopted for antipersonnel mines in May 1996, but consensus was not reached for applying it to antivehicle mines.

A proposal initially submitted by the United States in December 2000 and currently co-sponsored by Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Poland, Slovakia and the United Kingdom reintroduces a detectability standard for mines other than antipersonnel mines (antivehicle mines). This initiative is a positive recognition of the humanitarian threat posed by all types of mines. Antivehicle mines continue to pose a danger to the civilian population, humanitarian workers, and deminers in mine affected areas.

Your tax deductible gift can help stop human rights violations and save lives around the world.

Region / Country