University General Assembly 3


Faraz Hassan

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Antipersonnel mines are enshrouded weapons which are hidden under the soil and explode by the presence, proximity, or contact of a person. Accepted as inhumane, these explosives violate the basic elements of the International Humanitarian Law. They fail both the discrimination and proportionality tests that are to be passed by weapons for allowance of use, even at war. Due to several successful attempts by the United Nations and ICBL, the distress of the situation has decreased. The signing of the Mine Ban Treaty in 1997, enabled a great progress in the aspects of reducing the chaos caused by these lethal weapons. Furthermore the protocols two and five on the Convention of Certain Conventional Weapons restrict the use of all landmines and encourage capable countries to assist innocent victims of these bestial gadgets. With the approval of majority of countries at present time, this convention too stands to be crucial for the betterment of this situation. However, anti-personnel mines are still maiming and k...