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Kabul joins Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons

Kabul joins Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons

Aug 14, 2016 - 14:34

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The United Nations has commended Afghanistaninfo-icon’s endorsement of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) as a major step toward the security of its citizens.

“This principled action demonstrates a commitment to rules which establish greater security for Afghan civilians in conflict situations,” the United Nation Mine Action Services (UNMAS) said.

UNMAS Programme Manager Jeffrey McMurdo said in a statement the action recognised the state's responsibility for the removal of explosive remnants of war in areas under its control.

McMurdo called on all parties to the conflict to commit themselves to the civilians, according to a statement issued by the Directorate of Mine Action Coordination (DMAC) on Sunday.

On July 30, the Directorate of Mine Action Coordination (DMAC) received from the Presidential Office Afghanistan's accession to the Convention on CCW.

On February 2, President Ashraf Ghani ratified the convention through Decree Number 137. It was passed by both houses on January 5, 2015.

DMAC played an essential advocacy role in the accession process by providing essential information to parliamentarians and relevant ministries.

The CCW consists of five protocols that cover all restrictions on the use of specific weapon systems. The first protocol covers non‐detectable fragments, banning the use of weapons that causes injuries by fragments that cannot be detected by X‐rays.

Protocol II restricts the utilisation of landmine and booby traps. Protocol III prohibits the usage of incendiary weapons which causes burn injury by providing fire, heat or a combination of both.

Protocol IV prohibits the usage of weapons that cause permanent blindness. Protocol V puts obligation on the parties that have used explosive weapons to set out the best strategies and clear the explosive remnants of war.

Based on paragraph two, Article Five, this convention will enter into force six months after the date of the submission of the acceding document to the United Nations secretary-general.




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